Ryan Garcia ‘Chilling’ With Luke Campbell Following KO Win

Published 01/05/2021, 8:50 AM EST
DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia celebrates with Oscar de la Hoya after his victory against Luke Campbell for WBC Interim Lightweight Championship at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions via Getty Images)


Ryan Garcia became the WBC Interim lightweight champion by vanquishing Luke Campbell with a brutal body shot TKO in their recent collision. However, it was all respect outside the ring.

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Both Luke Campbell and Ryan Garcia showcased true sportsmanship as they greeted each other after the fight and didn’t retain the bad-blood that had built up to their high-voltage clash. They hailed each other, and Campbell even predicted a bright future for Garcia.

Although Campbell became the only man to drop ‘KingRY’, he couldn’t bag the win, and was stopped in the seventh round. Post-fight, both the pugilists interacted with their family and shed views on each other.

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While boxing remains one of the most gruesome sports ever, the lightweight boxers revealed their sporting mentality after the fight. They clicked pictures together and posted them on social media with separate captions.

Ryan Garcia posted two images from his Twitter and wrote, “Just chilling with a couple of cool people. ‘Luke Campbell’ I wish you the best for your family and the rest of your career and life.”

Although Garcia has been a brashy trash talker in recent times, he displayed respect for his most recent opponent in Campbell. ‘Cool Hand’ also responded in fashion and paid his respect to the WBC Interim lightweight champion.

Campbell turned to Twitter to reveal how it was a classy interaction with Garcia’s family with no ego and trash talk.

“After the dust had settled on our fight, I got to spend some time with just Ryan and his family. No talking trash, no egos…just genuinely classy, down to earth, lovely people. As classy outside the ring as he is inside it. You will always have my respect champ.”

 

What’s next for the lightweight elites?

Garcia can challenge WBC title-holder Devin Haney next, but he desires to fight WBA champion Gervonta Davis most of all. Meanwhile, Campbell is on a two-fight losing streak with his last two defeats coming against Vasyl Lomachenko and Ryan Garcia.

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The lightweight unit is stacked at this point with several unbeaten champions. So, 2021 can stage some epic fights between them. Campbell can also look for another fight to regain his form and recover from the hit his reputation has taken. After all, a boxer is only as good as his last fight.

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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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