American fighter Ryan Garcia has hit out at trolls who have targeted him after he had to withdraw from a fight due to his mental health.
Garcia was scheduled to bout Javier Fortuna in an interim lightweight title defence on July 9 but the 22-year-old withdrew last month.
The fight does not yet have a new date, though Fortuna has said he hopes it can be rescheduled.
While Fortuna, other fighters and many fans supported Garcia and wished him well, the highly-rated young fighter also received abuse.
Garcia wrote on Instagram : “I’m seeing a lot of people talk about what they think is going on with me. I’m struggling everyday and I’m hurting emotionally so bad.
“As anyone who has experienced anxiety and depression at high levels knows, just because you smile and act as if things are okay, doesn’t mean they are.
“I’m writing this with shock and I’m hurting more. I won’t do anything to try to be happy.
“Bye you all, sick a** people.”
It wasn’t just trolls who have taken aim at Garcia as Mario Lopez, co-host of the Three Knockdown Rule Podcast, criticised him on the podcast.
Every Monday we deliver our verdict on the weekend’s fights and, more importantly, what’s next for the winners and losers.
Signing up is easy, just click this link, enter your email address and select ‘Boxing’ from the list.
Garcia responded to Lopez’ comments on social media, adding: “@mariolopez No I’m not just having a bad day. No I don’t have problems with any of the people in my life.
“I don’t know why this happened to me it just did. And to all the other people who say I’m using it to get out of my fight, I didn’t want to give up money for my family.
“I’M F*****G HURTING. And it hurts so bad bit it’s people like you who make it hard to continue.”
Garcia is unbeaten in his career with his most recent fight against Luke Campbell in January ending in another victory by technical knock-out for the American.