Luke Campbell Pens Emotional Statement Following Ryan Garcia Loss

Published 01/02/2021, 9:37 PM EST


Despite all his efforts, Luke Campbell lost the WBC Interim lightweight title fight against Ryan Garcia, as the 22-year-old stopped him with a brutal body shot in round 7.

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However, ‘Cool Hand’ Campbell had several significant moments in the fight where he outshone Garcia. In one such instance, Campbell secured an early knockdown in round two and became the first man to floor the Mexican-American.

Unfortunately, it didn’t prove to be beneficial as Garcia got back to his feet and displayed a clinical game until knocking out Campbell with a liver shot. After the fight, Luke Campbell delivered a heartfelt message to his fans and apologized for not getting the win.

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He tagged himself as ‘heartbroken’ with the result, but hailed Ryan Garcia for his performance and predicted a big future for him.

The Brit Olympic gold medalist turned to social media and wrote, “Well I’m honestly heartbroken, I really wanted to bring the win back for you all. I’m sorry for that. I hope you all enjoyed the fight. Have to take my hat off to ‘Ryan Garcia’, well done and a massive future ahead for him. I wish him all the best.”

Ryan Garcia vs Luke Campbell- Overview

Garcia became the early aggressor as he dealt some serious assault right from the opening round. However, Campbell was great with his counter punches and caught his opponent multiple times with sleek shots.

He even secured a knockdown and looked comfortable, but Garcia’s ferocity proved to be the game changer as the fight progressed. ‘KingRy’ sealed the win with a body shot and grabbed the WBC Interim title and a mandatory spot to challenge the WBC lightweight champion.

However, Garcia wanted to face WBA champion, Gervonta Davis. He had several more options ahead, but the Mexican desired for ‘Tank’ amongst all.

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That said, Luke Campbell will have to take a time off and revive himself in the lightweight scenario to enter the title ride again. Nevertheless, ‘Cool Hand’ is still a threat to the elite lightweight boxers, especially after his performance tonight.

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What do you think is the best step for Luke Campbell, from this point?

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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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