Luke Campbell Admits Ryan Garcia Is the Hardest Puncher He Has Ever Faced

Published 01/02/2021, 10:21 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)


The first main event of boxing for 2021 certainly lived up to its hype. Both Luke Campbell and Ryan Garcia put on an exhilarating show for the combat sports audience. ‘King Ry’ proved his mettle once again by knocking out ‘Cool Hand’ in round number 7 of this electrifying encounter.

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Post this battle, both the fighters interacted with each other backstage and shed some light on the fight.

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‘King Ry’ asked Campbell, “Out of all the champions you’ve fought, who do you think is the hardest, be honest.”

Campbell replied, “Yeah, you are!” 

The pair hugged and acknowledged each other’s prowess. Both of them showed quality fair play in this fight and post that too.

‘Cool Hand’ stunned Garcia in round 2 of the fight. Campbell struck him with a huge left hook that staggered him, and he got forced to bend down to his knees.

Garcia kept his composure and stood up real quick. He kept the fight going until he saw a mighty opportunity to land a vicious body shot on his opponent.

Ryan Garcia set to fight for the title?

With this cracker of a win, Garcia is now the WBC interim lightweight champion. He has improved his boxing resume to 21 wins with an astonishing 18 KO’s. ‘King Ry’ employed his natural game-plan and fight IQ to bag the much-needed win of his career.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 02: Referee Tony Weeks sends Ryan Garcia to a neutral corner after he knocked down Romero Duno in the first round of a lightweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia won with a first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

This victory has ensured that he will receive a world title shot. He will confront the WBC lightweight champion, Devin Haney, to reach his goal.

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On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate Garcia’s performance against Campbell? Will he be able to dethrone Devin Haney?

Read: ‘I Wanna Fight Tank’ – Ryan Garcia Calls Out the Hardest Puncher in the Lightweight Division

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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