Ryan Garcia silences anti-mental health critics, defeats Javier Fortuna

To say Ryan Garcia was emotional after a thrilling win over Javier Fortuna on Saturday would be an understatement.

After breaking a 15-month layoff and returning to action in April – a lopsided victory over Emmanuel Tagoe – many pundits criticized Garcia’s performance.

Garcia had retired from the sport due to his struggles with anxiety and depression, which he has openly discussed as his professional boxing career began to flourish.

Garcia never took too kindly to those kinds of outlandish comments

His win under the bright lights at the Crypto.com Arena served as the perfect setting to broach the subject.

“They told me I was a guy that didn’t care about boxing. And I’m a guy that makes up for mental health (issues),” Garcia said. “(Dealing with) mental health (issues) is a time to reflect on yourself and get better for the future. That’s not weakness, that’s strength. That’s courage.”

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