Garcia ‘expelled’ by WBC after racist comments

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Ryan Garcia waits in a blue shirt at a weigh-in

Ryan Garcia has 24 wins, one loss and one no-contest in his boxing career [Getty Images]

Ryan Garcia has been “expelled” by the WBC after using racial slurs and Islamophobic language on social media.

The American, who last month was banned for a year from boxing following an anti-doping violation, made the comments on X’s spaces platform, which allows people to have live audio conversations.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said in a statement: “Exercising my authority as president of the WBC, I am hereby expelling Ryan Garcia from any activity with our organisation.

“We reject any form of discrimination.”

In a since deleted post on X, Garcia, 25, wrote: “I was trolling, I want all the killing to stop. I love everyone, sorry if I offended you.”

The American has not responded to the WBC’s expulsion.

After Garcia was handed a one-year doping ban by the New York State Athletic Commission, Sulaiman said the WBC would not issue its own suspension or “punish” him because of concerns about his mental health.

It was not immediately clear what the expulsion from the WBC would entail. BBC Sport has asked the WBC for comment.

Garcia failed multiple drug tests around his fight with Devin Haney in April.

As well as a one-year ban, Garcia’s upset victory over former undisputed lightweight champion Haney was overturned to a no-contest.

Garcia’s family released its own statement saying his comments “do not align with his, or our family’s, true character or beliefs”.

“Our family unequivocally does not support any statements [Garcia] has made regarding race or religion — these do not reflect who Ryan truly is and how he was raised,” the statement added.

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