Boxing Star Ryan Garcia expelled from WBC following racial slur allegations

Boxing Star Ryan Garcia expelled from WBC following racial slur allegations

The World Boxing Council (WBC) has expelled boxing star Ryan Garcia from any activity with the organization after he repeatedly used racial slurs against Black people and disparaged Muslims in comments livestreamed on social media.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman announced the penalty on the social media platform X, stating, “We reject any form of discrimination. I fear for Ryan’s well-being as he has declined multiple attempts for our help with mental health and substance abuse.”

Garcia is currently serving a one-year suspension from the New York State Athletic Commission after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug ostarine. The suspension is retroactive to his April 20 decision victory over Devin Haney, which was overturned to a no-contest.

Garcia posted an apology on X, saying, “I was trolling. I want all the killing to stop. I love everyone. Sorry if I offended you.”

Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Garcia, denounced Garcia’s comments in a social media post, stating, “There is no room for hate or intolerance at my company. Period. I condemn Ryan’s words in the strongest terms possible. I see that he has apologized, and that is a start – but it is only a start to earn back the trust and respect of those of us who have and continue to support him. We hope Ryan will use the time he has away from the sport to work through the issues he has publicly discussed. We stand ready to help in whatever we can.”

Garcia’s family also released a statement addressing his recent behavior, saying, “Our family unequivocally does not support any statements [Garcia] has made regarding race or religion – these do not reflect who Ryan truly is and how he was raised. Those who know Ryan can attest to this fact. Ryan has been open about his ongoing struggle with mental health over the years and as a family we are committed to ensuring and encouraging that he receives the necessary help to navigate this very challenging time and address both his immediate and long-term well-being.”

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.