Ryan ‘King Ry’ Garcia finally receives the chance to prove to the boxing world that he is a legitimate force at world level when he faces Britain’s former Olympic gold medal winner Luke Campbell for the Interim WBC world lightweight title at The American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Saturday 2nd of January. The fight will be streamed live on DAZN.
In Campbell, Garcia will be squaring off against a two-time world title challenger with a career ledger that includes Vasyl Lomachenko, Jorge Linares, Yvan Mendy, Darleys Perez, and Algenis Mendez, the sort of seasoned talent that is missing from the 22-year-old Garcia’s record. The last four opponents that faced Garcia lasted a total of 9 rounds and while they were very decent fighters, none of them had won world titles or had the world-class experience that Campbell’s best career opponents have had.
Garcia vs Campbell could very well be a changing of the guard. Campbell is now 33-years-old and opportunities to win a world title belt will soon be running out for the man born in Hull, England. His challenge to Lomachenko showed that he was capable of mixing with the elite at lightweight even if he lost by wide margins on the scorecards. The fact is, Campbell has been in deep waters against Loma and Linares in world title fights and more than held his own whereas, Garcia hasn’t been anywhere near that level of competition so, this is his coming-out party.
The young star from Los Angeles, California has become a social media sensation with his good looks and polite demeanour helping him to attract 7 million followers on Instagram, 2 million on TikTok, 500,00 on Twitter and another 500,000 on his new YouTube channel according to Forbes.
The fact that Ryan has produced some exciting stoppage wins recently only enhances his claims that he will knock the Englishman out in the early rounds, but will the blisteringly fast combinations that took care of Francisco Fonseca and Romero Duno in a total of 2:58 seconds be enough to deal with the vastly more experienced Yorkshireman?
This looks like a fight that comes down to two scenarios. Garcia early or, Campbell late. It doesn’t look like a fight that goes the distance because Campbell cannot afford that to happen. He is a long way from home, fighting a young American star in the making, there will be no upside if Garcia loses from an American standpoint so, Campbell has to get the stoppage as long as he survives Garcia’s early onslaughts.
Make no mistake, Garcia is faster of hand and foot than the Englishman but, Campbell has dealt with this problem before and his experiences against Lomachenko and Linares will stand him in good stead.
Prediction: Campbell to stop a fading Garcia in the late rounds after some difficult moments in the early going.