Oscar De La Hoya Makes Drastic Change to Ryan Garcia vs Luke Campbell Card

Published 12/08/2020, 5:45 AM 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)


Ryan Garcia will take on Luke Campbell on January 2nd at the American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas. The tickets for the highly anticipated return of King Garcia against former Olympic gold medallist will be live this Friday.

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Garcia’s promoter and Golden Boy Promotions’ founder Oscar De La Hoya took to Twitter to announce the exciting news.

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Ryan Garcia hasn’t stepped inside the squared circle since his first-round TKO win over Francisco Fonseca back in February this year. Garcia remains undefeated in his professional career and is coming off back-to-back first-round KO wins.

He will look to continue the same momentum as he takes on someone as dangerous and experienced as Luke Campbell. Additionally, it will be Garcia’s first real test in the lightweight division. Hanging in the balance will be the interim WBC lightweight championship of the world.

Can Luke Campbell best Ryan Garcia?

Ryan Garcia is still relatively inexperienced compared to his counterparts. However, he has the audience’s attention behind him on the back of a series of scintillating performances against some of the best boxers in the division. Be that as it may, Campbell is as tough as it gets.

The former Olympic gold medallist has consistently proved why he is one of the greatest lightweight boxers of the modern era. He has only lost thrice in his professional boxing career.

Needless to say, these losses have come against former champion and quality opponents in the form of Vasyl Lomachenko and Jorge Linares.

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)

Campbell last fought in August 2019 against the former pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko in a losing affair for the undisputed strap in the lightweight division.

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It will be interesting to see whether he will be suffering from a serious case of ring rust following such a long layoff. Cambell will look to use his experience and fight a calculated bout against a power-puncher like Garcia.

There’s an argument to be made that he could triumph over the potential future champion. However, it will be easier said than done.

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