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Ryan Garcia: Lightweight boxer pulls out of upcoming fight to ‘manage mental health’

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Boxer Ryan Garcia has withdrawn from his 9 July fight with Javier Fortuna to “manage my health and wellbeing”.

Garcia was last year ranked as the world’s 12th most marketable athleteexternal-link because of his social media following.

“I’ve decided to take some time off to focus on becoming a stronger version of myself,” he said in an Instagram post.external-link

“I hope to be back soon and am looking forward to stepping back into the ring when I am my healthiest self.”

Garcia’s decision to pull out of the bout with Fortuna comes just two weeks after it was announced.

The California-born fighter has previously spoken about his mental health struggles, having suffered anxiety and panic attacks when younger.

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