Ryan Garcia reportedly wants 2nd drug sample tested after 1st was positive for banned substance

Ryan Garcia, who tested positive for a banned substance before defeating Devin Haney last month in New York, has requested his B-sample also be analyzed, ESPN reported.

ESPN previously reported that Garcia's A-sample tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance Ostarine the day before and the day of the April 20 fight, citing a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association letter. Ostarine is a selective androgen receptor modulator, and its use can stimulate muscle growth. It is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The results of the test weren’t known until later.

Garcia defeated Haney by majority decision in New York. Garcia knocked Haney down three times and handed the WBC super lightweight champion his first loss, but did not win the title because he was over the weight limit.

Garcia emphatically denied that he broke the rules in a video posted on X, formerly Twitter.

“I’ve never taken a steroid in my life,” Garcia said. “I don’t even know where to get steroids. At the end of the day, I barely take supplements.”

Garcia’s victory could be overturned if the positive drug test is confirmed.


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