top of page
  • Writer's pictureAOD staff

After a Bout with Depression, Ryan Garcia Confesses, "I wanted to kill myself."

One of the best young boxing talents in the world, Ryan Garcia, has been talking about his depression...admitting that he felt like committing suicide at one point.

"When I was deep in it, I didn't think I was gonna live," Garcia said in an interview with Dan Canobbio on "Inside Boxing Live." "I was so depressive and I went to bad habits. I started drinking, and I never drink, ever."

He continued ... "But I was getting drunk all the time. I wanted to kill myself at one point."

In April last year, the 23-year-old undefeated boxer withdrew from his scheduled bout with Javier Fortuna ... explaining that he needed time to focus on his "mental health and well-being."

Luke Campbell was Ryan's last professional opponent in January 2021...when when it ended in a knockout in the seventh round.

When Garcia's thoughts seemed scattered at the time, his mind felt paralyzed, so he knew he needed a break. In the champ's words, the torment he was feeling could not even begin to be described.

"It was so bad, so intense, that I thought maybe I just rather not be here,'" Garcia said. "I didn’t understand what was going on. I needed professional help."

In his opinion, Ryan's depression was caused by mismanaging stress -- like taking on too many things at once or lacking adequate support.

Fortunately, RG got the help he needed needed needed, and he's feeling great. Garcia will return to the ring on April 9... taking on Emmanuel Tagoe.

For those struggling with mental health issues or thoughts of suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

bottom of page