• Ryan Garcia appears to be doing better after being diagnosed with anxiety and depression
  • Garcia posts a video on social media that he is now back in the gym
  • Javier Fortuna looms as Garcia's next opponent

Undefeated American boxer Ryan Garcia appears to be a whole lot better after taking some time off due to anxiety and depression.

Based on his latest social media post, “King Ry” seems to be making progress and admitted that he has returned to the gym.

Garcia was supposed to fight again on July 9, but that fight against Javier Fortuna was called off.

The reason behind that was the 22-year-old wanted to take some time off as he is dealing with mental and emotional issues.

"I have decided to take some time off to focus on becoming a stronger version of myself," Garcia said in April.

But after a trip to Hawaii with his girlfriend, Drea Celina Garcia, and the birth of their new baby girl, he seems to have regained his senses.

Garcia shared that with the help of his family, he is making good progress.

"Why anxiety and depression hit me like a truck and why I’m still recovering I’ll never know. But I’m trying to cope with the issues I’m having," he stated. "This bag is my anxiety and I’m swinging with my full intent to destroy it!"

There remains no official word on when Garcia will fight again. He has gotten ample backing from personalities such as Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Oscar De La Hoya.

Both are pulling for him, with De La Hoya believing that Garcia will be back stronger.

If and when he does decide to return, the first name that comes to mind is Fortuna.

The 31-year-old has 36 wins to show, 25 of them coming via knockout. His last fight was in November 2020, where he won via knockout over Antonio Lozada Jr.

WBC interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia
Canelo Alvarez (L) congratulates Ryan Garcia after the WBC Interim Lightweight Title fight against Luke Campbell Getty Images | Tim Warner

As for Garcia, his last fight was in January against Luke Campbell. He won via TKO in the seventh round to claim the interim WBC lightweight title.

Word got out that he could face Manny Pacquiao, but nothing came to fruition.

The good news is that Garcia appears to be over the depression hump. The only question now is, when will he be fit to take the ring once more and keep his boxing record unblemished?