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Boxer Garcia “excluded” after racist tirade by WBC boss

Ryan Garcia was banned from participating in all WBC events after using racist remarks on social media (AL BELLO)

The World Boxing Council (WBC) banned controversial boxer Ryan Garcia from its events on Thursday after he posted a racist tirade on social media.

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said in a statement on X (formerly Twitter) that Garcia would not be allowed to take part in any fights involving the global boxing body.

“I exercise my authority as President of the WBC and hereby suspend Ryan Garcia from all activities of our organization,” Sulaiman said in a statement.

“We reject any form of discrimination. I fear for Ryan's well-being as he has refused several attempts by us to help with mental health and substance abuse issues.”

Garcia, 25, is currently serving a one-year suspension imposed on him by the New York State Athletic Commission after he failed a drug test prior to his victory over Devin Haney in April, which was subsequently voided.

Last month, he was also arrested for vandalism after allegedly causing about $15,000 worth of damage to a Beverly Hills hotel.

The WBC imposed its ban on Thursday after Garcia repeatedly used a racial slur during a livestream broadcast on X.

The boxer also mocked George Floyd, the African-American man who was murdered by Minneapolis police in 2020 and whose death sparked protests around the world.

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