Ryan Garcia says NYSAC requested mental health evaluation

Star boxer Ryan Garcia mentioned Friday that the New York State Athletic Commission needs him to undergo a mental wellness evaluation in advance of his April 20 WBC junior welterweight title combat from Devin Haney in Brooklyn.

In a considering that-deleted movie posted to social media, Garcia (25-1, 20 KOs) said the fee informed him the analysis ask for surrounded his posts on social media.

“Is it not my U.S. constitutional appropriate to have free of charge speech?” Garcia stated in the movie. “So because I am tweeting what I am tweeting, which is premises for a mental analysis? That’s curious.”

Garcia has designed a litany of eyebrow-raising social media posts about the past handful of weeks, ranging from conspiracy theories to promises he has proof of the existence of extraterrestrials.

Matthew Delaglio, director of boxing for the commission, declined to remark.

“As is the case with all Golden Boy fights, we are in close get hold of with the fee and sanctioning bodies and will of study course follow any and all policies and rules to be certain our fighters are ready on fight evening,” Golden Boy Promotions spokesman Stefan Friedman explained to ESPN.

Corridor of Fame boxer Oscar De La Hoya, the founder of Golden Boy and Garcia’s promoter, resolved Garcia’s status throughout DAZN’s broadcast of the William Zepeda-Maxi Hughes battle on Saturday night.

“Ryan Garcia, I just talked to him. He is in wonderful spirits,” De La Hoya stated. “He’s performing his ass off in the health and fitness center. Don’t brain the posts — that usually takes like five, 10 seconds of his time. He’s doing work hard every single minute of the day.”

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman mentioned Friday that he is “in direct talks with the New York fee” about Garcia.

Garcia endured his very first professional defeat previous April when he was stopped in Round 7 by Gervonta Davis. The superfight made far more than 1 million pay back-for each-perspective buys, a exceptional feat for a boxing occasion.

Garcia rebounded with an eighth-round knockout victory above Oscar Duarte in December. The struggle was Garcia’s 1st with trainer Derrick James. Garcia has been conducting coaching camp with James in Dallas ahead of the 140-pound title obstacle of Haney.

Haney (31-, 15 KOs), 25, is ESPN’s No. 1 junior welterweight and No. 6 pound-for-pound boxer. He gained the WBC title in December with a shutout determination win over Regis Prograis.

Garcia is ESPN’s No. 8 boxer at 140 lbs .. He has additional than 10 million Instagram followers and is aiming for his initially entire world title towards Haney.

In the summer time of 2021, Garcia withdrew from a bout with Javier Fortuna to “control my wellbeing and effectively-becoming.”