Lightweight star Ryan Garcia faces further months out of the ring injured after recovering from personal issues earlier this year.
Garcia called off a fight with Javier Fortuna due to mental health issues, taking time to get himself right.
As he approached a long-awaited return against JoJo Diaz, disaster has struck the nailed-on world champion of the future.
Undefeated sensation “King Ry” (21-0, 18 KOs) sustained an injury to his right hand during a training session.
The 23-year old Southern California native will undergo surgery on Monday, October 18, to repair his right wrist by the renowned orthopedic hand specialist Dr. Steven Shin at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center.
“I want to thank my fans for all the continued support,” said Ryan Garcia. “We are postponing my next fight for a couple of months as a result of a significant hand injury that requires immediate surgery.
“I will undergo surgery at Cedars-Sinai on Monday. But I promise early 22 I will return better, faster, and stronger than ever. I love you guys!”
“Ryan is a very resilient young man,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman, and CEO of Golden Boy. “We hope he takes the necessary time to heal and recover.
“As a fighter, I understand the importance of taking hand injuries seriously. I am glad Ryan is doing the right thing and addressing the damage quickly.
“We wish him a speedy recovery.”
RYAN GARCIA SKILLED
One of the most popular lightweights of his generation, Ryan “King Ry” Garcia, is a skilled, lightning-fast puncher who has steadily climbed the division’s ranks.
Defeating the likes of “Ruthless” Romero Duno, Francisco Fonseca, Carlos “The Solution” Morales, Jason “La Maravilla” Velez; he was last seen in the ring on January 1, 2021, with a spectacular seventh-round stoppage of Luke Campbell.