Ryan Garcia: My mental health break really caused me to stumble

"Life was moving so fast. I felt so much pressure to get back in the ring and make money"- Garcia was candid

by Sead Dedovic
SHARE
Ryan Garcia: My mental health break really caused me to stumble
© Al Bello / Getty Images Sport

Ryan Garcia is a boxer who carried huge expectations right from the beginning of his career. It was evident that he possessed great talent and the potential for a great career. However, such expectations can sometimes overwhelm a young athlete.

Garcia recently discussed his upcoming match against Oscar Duarte, scheduled for December 2. What stood out was Garcia's decision to openly talk about his mental health break following a 15-month hiatus. “My mental health break really caused me to stumble and made me take a lot of steps back,” Garcia told BoxingScene.com.

Ryan Garcia explains his views

Garcia realized he had to stay active. In the moments when he was supposed to return, he felt a huge pressure to make money and to achieve great results. This was exactly the main reason for his defeat against Gervonta Davis.

He does not want to repeat the same mistake. This time, Garcia wants to stay active until the very end of his career and show the ardor he carries inside. Boxing fans know Garcia's got what it takes to achieve big things when he's fully committed.

He's in a prime position to win and bounce back strong. The past experience has been a crucial lesson for him. “I got involved with things that take away from how you sharpen your boxing. When I tried to get back into it I lost a step and never knew how to get it back.

Life was moving so fast. I felt so much pressure to get back in the ring and make money. It never let me get my foot set and get back in the gym and learn, and remember the things that I knew to do, what made me, me. It was a hard time figuring it out but this loss [to Davis] helped it.

Because now I'm awake and so focused. I feel the fire and focus now. It's going to be fun and magical. I can't wait for people to see it. I'm going to set a tone and example out of Duarte for everyone at 140 pounds. This is how I'm coming.

Be prepared. I'm not letting my foot off the gas after this. I want to keep fighting and stay active, whether a big fight happens or not. I have to stay active because that's the one thing that's crippled me. When I'm active, I'm on fire.

You've seen it before. When I fight continuously I’m only going to be better. It's when I get thrown b* curve balls … I'm tired of getting done like that. Now I’m going to stay focused and consistent. ”- Davis concluded.

Ryan Garcia
SHARE