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Ryan Garcia returning to boxing “soon” after break to manage mental health

The young lightweight star is eyeing a return to the ring.

Ryan Garcia v Luke Campbell Press Conference Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Ryan Garcia is beginning to plan his boxing return after taking some time to deal with mental health issues.

“I’m coming back soon,” Garcia said on Instagram. “Pain made me stronger. I pray my enemies don’t go through what I’ve gone through.”

The lightweight contender didn’t give any more specific information than that, but if he’s ready to train again, a fight in August or September would seem doable, depending on what type of opponent they go after.

The 22-year-old “Kingry” last fought on Jan. 2, scoring a career-best win over Luke Campbell. Garcia was down and rocked in the second round of that fight, but came back to drop Campbell and finish things in the seventh.

At the moment the fight was over, it was expected Garcia would fight WBC titlist Devin Haney — Garcia’s win gave him the interim title — but he opted to pass on that order. He had a “verbal agreement” from a podcast to fight Gervonta Davis, but obviously that went nowhere, as did negotiations to do something, either a fight or an exhibition, with Manny Pacquiao.

More recently, Garcia was set to fight Javier Fortuna on July 9, but pulled out of that to deal with the mental health issues. Fortuna is now set to fight Joseph Diaz Jr in what will functionally serve as a WBC eliminator, and Garcia

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