WBC Champ Ryan Garcia Plans for Retirement at 26, Transition Into MMA

By Jay Pettry Jan 15, 2021

A star undefeated boxer plans on only sticking around the ring for another few years before possibly moving on to MMA.

Speaking on the Rich Eisen Show on Thursday, WBC interim lightweight champ Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) does not intend on keeping to the boxing ring for much longer. The 22-year-old went professional in 2016, and competed 13 times in the first 18 months of his career. Ranked among the top lightweights in the world already, Garcia does not see the need to stay too long.

“Yeah, I plan to,” Garcia said flatly when asked about his boxing retirement at the age of 26. “If I say it, I plan to do it.”

Garcia continued, “I plan to, at 26, to retire – I don’t know officially, right? I mean, you’ve seen in the past fighters have retired, came back. This is what I will say. I still plan to retire at 26. Yet, if I am to return back to the ring, I will only battle people that people at that time say ‘there’s no way Ryan will beat them.’”

If Garcia does indeed retire like he plans to, he has his sights set on bigger and better prospects. Last appearing in January, “King Ry” clobbered Luke Campbell and put the Brit down with a vicious body shot, all while handing Campbell his first career stoppage loss. In the process, Garcia captured the vacant WBC interim lightweight crown. This gold might not be enough for Garcia, who could be looking towards an eight-sided belt in the future.

“You know what I’m willing to do…what I plan to do is, say at 26 I’m done retiring and boxing is all good, you know what I’ll do? If they say ‘ok you’ve beaten everyone in the ring,’ right? But, somebody goes ‘this ain’t real fighting.’ Real fighting is legs, choking, submission, all that. Guess what I’ll do. I’ll go prove to them that I’m the best fighter all-around in the world. I’m talking about hands, I’m talking about wrestling, I will go to MMA to prove a point that God is greatest. And I’ll go beat whoever it is in MMA they say I won’t beat.”

The first name across his tongue was easily the most lucrative of opponents to possibly face, as the 135-pound boxer considered future foes in the cage and not ring.

“If it has to be Conor McGregor, I will – and I’m not saying this to get money, I don’t care about money – I’m saying this because that’s how I feel.”

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