Luke Campbell will face Ryan Garcia for the WBC interim lightweight title on January 2 after the original December 5 bout was postponed. Victory for the Olympian could see him set up a clash with Devin Haney for the full title, can the Hull fighter reach that level?
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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.
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 title holder Devin Haney.
Luke Campbell v Ryan Garcia Tips: Fighter’s Predictions
Luke Campbell: “New date, new year, same result. I’m fully back in training and have never felt better. What a way to start 2021 this is going to be with a clinical Luke Campbell win.”
Ryan Garcia: “My mindset going into this fight hasn’t changed, and my training hasn’t stopped. I’m excited we have a new date and can finally bring this to the fans. I’m here, and I’m ready to ring in the new year with a victory … let’s go!”