Gervonta Davis, Oscar De La Hoya, Claressa Shields, and More React to Ryan Garcia’s Body Shot KO Win Over Luke Campbell

Published 01/02/2021, 7:36 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES NOVEMBER 2, 2019: American boxer Ryan Garcia wins his WBC Silver and NABO lightweight title bout against Philippine rival Romero Duno at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


2021 began on a grand note as Ryan Garcia registered his 18 KO and 21 professional victory by outpointing Luke Campbell for the WBC Interim lightweight title.

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The Mexican-American came strongly from the very first round and attacked Luke Campbell with some laser-sharp shots. His time, precision, footwork baffled the Brit.

The second round began with a similar preview as Ryan Garcia cornered Luke Campbell with some big shots until getting caught with a sleek left hand that floored him. It was a big moment for ‘Cool Hand’ which earned him a lot of respect from the fans.

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However, ‘KingRy’ displayed a championship mindset and regained his dominance in the third round. He battered Campbell with some good shots and cornered him again.  But Luke Campbell also looked comfortable after the successful knockdown and seemed to be hunting for another one.

As the fight went deeper, both the pugilists landed big punches. But Garcia looked more aggressive as he almost secured a knockdown at the end of round five. The bell rang and Campbell got time to recover.

While the sixth round was close, Ryan Garcia sealed the day in round seventh with a brutal body shot that crumbled Campbell, and the referee had to wave off the fight.

Garcia had his moment of life with father Henry Garcia, brother Sean Garcia, training partner Canelo Alvarez, all at ringside to see the win.

Several people reacted to the fight. While some hailed ‘KingRy’, others ridiculed him for being tested against Luke Campbell. WBA champion Gervonta Davis was one of them, who criticized Garcia for being floored in the fight.

Here are some best Twitter reactions from the mix to begin the tear with action-packed boxing.

What’s next for Ryan Garcia?

The WBC Interim lightweight challenge can demand a fight against Gervonta Davis at this stage. He can also call out Teofimo Lopez (unified champion) or Devin Haney (WBC champion) for an upcoming fight.

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As the unbeaten lightweight champions retain their clean records, it thrills the boxing fans to contrast them against each other. Only time will tell whether Garcia will go for the bigger challenges ahead or not.

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Do you think Ryan Garcia’s performance was top-rated tonight?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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