Ryan Garcia urged to ‘pull out’ of Devin Haney fight by boxing legend after worrying behaviour

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Duke Mckenzie has urged Ryan Garcia’s team to pull him out of the Devin Haney fight.

Concerns have been raised about Garcia’s mental well-being after a string of worrying social media posts from the youngster ahead of his WBC super-lightweight world title fight against Haney on April 20.

Concerns have been raised over Garcia's recent behaviour

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Concerns have been raised over Garcia’s recent behaviourCredit: Getty

Fans first began to suspect something was wrong with Garcia after he admitted to being high in an interview.

Garcia then started to spam his social media accounts with several bizarre posts including a video claiming he was dead.

He has since vowed to refrain from talking about non-boxing topics online.

But McKenzie, a mental health ambassador and former three-weight world champion, is concerned about the way Garcia has been acting.

Speaking about the rising contender on talkSPORT’s Fight Night on Saturday, he said: “I think Ryan Garcia is walking a very fine line.

“He could go either way, to be honest with you. I think when you’re a world champion, you have to carry yourself as a world champion.

“I don’t really see that in Ryan Garcia’s makeup right now. He’s publicly said he smokes weed, drinks alcohol and gets drunk regularly.

“These aren’t the sort of sort of traits you would expect of a world champion. These are the traits of somebody who’s clearly on the edge.”

McKenzie (left) thinks Garcia vs Haney should be called off

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McKenzie (left) thinks Garcia vs Haney should be called offCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Judging from what he has seen, McKenzie doesn’t think the fight should go ahead.

“They should pull him out,” he added. “Somebody should pull him out. Somebody should say to him, ‘Ryan, you’re not in any fit state to fight right now’.

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“It’s not too late. You can schedule a fight three months, six months, however long it takes for this boy to get right in his own mind because he’s clearly not.

“It’s not rocket science, he can get seriously and will get seriously hurt if this fight goes. I’m pretty sure of that.”

In 2021, Garcia took a break from boxing to focus on his mental health.

The 25-year-old admitted that he had to overcome ‘suicidal thoughts’ to get back into the ring.

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