Luke Campbell will face Ryan Garcia for the WBC interim lightweight title on December 5. Victory for the Olympian could see him set up for another crack at Vasyl Lomachenko or Devin Haney, can the Hull fighter reach that level?
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Road To Luke Campbell v Ryan Garcia
Luke Campbell is a Gold Medal winner from the London Olympics and is a two-time world title challenger, but at 33 years of age he is running out of time to finally be crowned one of the best lightweight fighters in the world.
The Hull-born fighter has had 23 fights since he turned professional after London 2012, he has won 20 of those fights and has been beaten three times. Two of those defeats have come in world title bouts against Jorge Linares and Vasyl Lomachenko, while his first ever defeat came at the hands of Yvan Mendy when the Frenchman shocked him to take Campbell’s WBC International title.
Apart from the defeat against Mendy, Campbell cannot be too hard on himself because Lomachenko and Linares are a league above many fighters. The loss against Lomachenko always seemed inevitable, but the Englishman put up a fine performance and took the Ukrainian all the way before losing to a unanimous decision.
There is a lot of hype surrounding American Ryan Garcia. The 22-year-old is very confident about his abilities and will believe he can easily dispatch of Campbell and move on to bigger and better things. Anyone who goes by the nickname of KingRy must be pretty sure about themselves.
Garcia, who also honours his Mexican heritage on his way to the ring, has yet to be beaten in his 20 fights, with 17 of those victories coming by way of knockout. Most of those victories have been against Mexican fighters, while his last fight saw him knockout Costa Rica boxer Francisco Fonseca inside three minutes back in February.
This fight is for the vacant WBC interim lightweight title, with the winner on course to face up against WBC, IBF and WBO champion Lomachenko or WBC title holder Devin Haney.
Luke Campbell v Ryan Garcia Predictions & Tips
Luke Campbell is one tough fighter, he might still look like a teenager but looks can be very deceiving. He packs a hard punch and has won 16 of his fights by knockout.
He will always look to finish his opponent inside the 12 rounds, but if he has to, he will go toe-to-toe and can last the distance if he really needs to.
Garcia is a fighter who will be looking to end this one early, he has only been taken the distance three times, and they were 10-round fights. He has taken part in just two 12-round bouts since turning professional, but he was never really tested as he won both fights in the opening round.
There is an 11-year gap between the two fighters and I honestly believe Campbell’s experience will stand him in good stead. Garcia will be going for the quick knockout with his fast hands, but Campbell is too smart to be dragged into a slugfest early on.
I have faith that Campbell will get his hand raised at the end of this fight. Campbell will use all his ring experience to tire and frustrate Garcia, before getting the fight stopped in the ninth round.
Luke Campbell v Ryan Garcia Tips: Fighter’s Predictions
Luke Campbell: “2020 has been an extremely tough year for everyone, so I’m really pleased we can finally get this fight officially on and give the fans something to look forward to. There’s been a lot of talk and he’s clearly a very highly regarded fighter, but I’m going to prove that this is far too much, far too soon and that I’m on a completely different level. I’ve fought in America before, so this will be nothing new for myself and my team. Fans or no fans, the one thing I can guarantee is that I will be coming back to the UK with the victory. Training hasn’t stopped for me, and I’m going to be in peak condition to show something very special from Luke Campbell on December 5.”
Ryan Garcia: “I’ve been eagerly waiting to get back in the ring and have been working harder than ever to get here. It’s been a tough year for everyone, but I’m excited to bring the fans an escape for the night… or based on my track record, a few minutes at most. Luke’s record speaks for itself, but I’m ready to prove the doubters wrong. This is my era now and December 5th just the start of it.”