Boxer Ryan Garcia made waves with his comments on The Rich Eisen Show dealing with early retirement and a possible move to MMA.
Young boxer Ryan Garcia garners a lot of attention, and his latest comments on The Rich Eisen Show might be his most sensational remarks yet.
Garica (21-0, 18 KOs) is undefeated in the ring and has a massive social media following, making him one of the world’s most marketable athletes. The 22-year-old boxing star recently knocked out former Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell with a thundering body shot in round 7 of their Jan. 2 title fight.
Garcia is now the interim WBC lightweight champion, and there has been a lot of talk about him fighting Gervonta Davis or possibly Devin Haney soon. Shortly after his win over Campbell, Garcia told TMZ that he would stop WBA “regular” lightweight champion, Davis, in two rounds.
That was a bold statement considering that Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) is undefeated, a power-punching knockout artist, and a multiple division world champion. Those comments were boring compared to Garcia’s latest statement.
Garcia called into The Rich Eisen Show on Thursday, Jan. 14, and made several startling statements. He told Eisen that he plans on retiring at 26 years old. That’s only four years away for the youthful Garcia.
Ryan Garcia talked about his boxing future and the possibility of transitioning to MMA and dropped Conor McGregor’s name in the process
That would be a very early exit from boxing, but Garcia claims that he wants to be a philanthropist of sorts helping cure the world of its problems. He alluded to the political division in the U.S. and the polarization of viewpoints stemming from the presidential election and beyond.
Garcia also referenced his Christian faith and his calling to serve Jesus Christ in all that he does.
Garcia told Eisen that there would be two exceptions that would keep him fighting past the age of 26. One instance would be if he were considered an underdog against another boxer. Proving doubters wrong seems to be a huge priority for Garcia.
The other scenario would be to silence critics about his abilities as an overall fighter. He teased that he would be willing to venture into MMA to silence critics and demonstrate his abilities as a warrior beyond boxing. Then, he mentioned Conor McGregor’s name.
“I will go to MMA to prove a point that God is greatest,” said Garcia on The Rich Eisen Show. “And I’ll go beat whoever it is in MMA they say I won’t beat. If it has to be Conor McGregor, I will.”
Garcia added that he’s not saying this to make money but to express his feelings.
Does Garcia really plan to stop boxing at 26? Will he fight Conor McGregor or others in MMA? It seems like all options are on the table for Garcia and his future in combat sports.