Stephen McKenna Not Impressed With Ryan Garcia’s Performance Against Luke Campbell: ‘I Would Have Got Garcia Out of There’

Published 01/05/2021, 11:11 AM EST
DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia (L) lands a left hook agains Luke Campbell during the WBC Interim Lightweight Title fight at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)


Ryan Garcia extended his undefeated streak once again on January 2. He scored a vicious body shot on Campbell to add another KO win to his name. However, his old sparring partner wasn’t quite impressed with his Saturday night performance.

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Stephen McKenna, an Irish boxer, had sparred with Garcia back in 2018 in Los Angeles. McKenna hadn’t even made his professional debut then, but still toppled the young gun of California.

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Garcia went to his knees for the first time in his career against Campbell, but he stood well to turn the tide in his favor in round number 7.

McKenna, in an interview with Sky Sports, talked about ‘King Ry’ performance and his spar with him.

I would have got Garcia out of there if I had him hurt like that. I didn’t think he had any power. During our spar, he was a lot of tap, tap, and he was moving a lot. He was going from corner to corner.

Another fighter would have got him out of there, like Gervonta Davis or Teofimo Lopez.”

In this chat, ‘The Hitman’ indirectly called ‘King Ry’ out. He believes he can stun Garcia once again, similar to his sparring sessions with him. He asserted that any other aggressive fighter might have broken Garcia’s style, something Luke Campbell failed to do.

Can Stephen McKenna get his hands on Ryan Garcia again?

Stephen McKenna is just 23 years old and made his professional debut in 2019. The Irish boxer has seven wins to his name and 0 losses. He exhibits an amazing ability to walk down his opponents right from the first gong. Having immense power, ‘The Chosen One’ has knocked out each opponent he’s faced.

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However, since that spar session, Garcia has only improved and made his way to the top. He bagged the interim WBC lightweight belt post that win over Campbell. He is now the number one contender for the WBC lightweight title shot.

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)

Even if Garcia doesn’t win the lightweight championship, he is too far from a fight with McKenna. The Irishman will have to secure wins in bulk to get his hands on the rugged boxing prospect, ‘King Ry’.

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Would you be excited to see this fight happening in the near future? If yes, then who do you see winning this fight?

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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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