Ryan Garcia drug test: Star boxer returns positive test for ostarine following Devin Haney fight, per reports

Ryan Garcia’s upset win over Devin Haney last month sent shockwaves through the sporting world and looked set to see the Californian’s star rise even further.

However, less than two weeks later, Garcia has been sent crashing back to earth following reports of a positive anti-doping test.

Here’s what we know:

Ryan Garcia ostarine: Boxer returns positive anti-doping test

On Wednesday evening, journalist Dan Rafael reported that the 25-year-old had returned two positive tests for the banned substance ostarine.

Rafael revealed the hard-hitting southpaw’s urine tests from before and after the April 20 fight with Haney both came back positive for the substance.

Ryan Garcia responds to positive drugs test

The perennially online Garcia responded to the news almost immediately, starting a Spaces on X in which he denied any wrongdoing.

“You guys could see fake news, fake f—ing news,” Garcia told listeners.

“Don’t believe these f—ers, bro, I never took a f—ing steroid in my f—ing life.”

Garcia continued, questioning the timing of the news.

“Supposedly they had [the test results] already so why didn’t they release it?” he asked.

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“They release it after I win? Makes no sense.

“I tested the day of the fight, nothing, then all of a sudden it came out.”

What is Ostarine?

Ostarine is a banned Performance Enhancing Drug, which is used by athletes to increase strength and muscle growth.

Classed as a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM), it binds to the body’s androgen receptors and stimulates muscle growth, making it commonly used by body-builders via dietary supplements.

While it operates in a similar fashion, SARM’s such as Ostarine are not steroids, as they target specific parts of the human body, whereas steroids affect the entire body.

The drug is not FDA approved, meaning it is unsuitable for human consumption, and its use by athletes is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

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