Garcia Denies PED Allegations, Claims 'Inside Job' In Testing Scandal

Photo: Instagram/Ryan Garcia

Boxer Ryan Garcia has vehemently denied accusations of knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), claiming the positive test results were part of an "inside job." Garcia expressed his intention to have the "B" samples tested to clear his name, stating, "I don’t cheat, bro, this is God-given."

The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) reported that Garcia tested positive for ostarine, a banned substance, leading up to his recent fight against Devin Haney. Garcia dismissed the possibility of contamination from supplements, suggesting foul play and implicating Victor Conte, former head of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO), in influencing the results.

Conte, however, refuted Garcia's claims of involvement, stating he is independent of VADA despite his role as a supplement provider and conditioning advisor to various fighters.

Photo: Instagram/Ryan Garcia

Garcia believes the positive test is a coordinated attack, stating, "They see a Mexican on top and they want to take him down." He emphasized his clean record in previous tests and vowed to fight against the allegations.

Meanwhile, Haney expressed concerns over the safety implications of PED use in boxing, stating, "When a guy is taking performance-enhancing drugs, it’s dangerous for the guys in the ring."

Despite calls for a rematch from Haney, Garcia dismissed the idea, asserting his dominance in their previous bout. The fallout from these test results raises questions about Garcia's future in the sport.

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Source: Boxing Scene 

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