January 21, 2021
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battle Picks: Ryan Garcia-Luke Campbell

battle Picks: Ryan Garcia-Luke Campbell

Luke Campbell (left) and Ryan Garcia are Ring-rated light-weight contenders.
by Anson Wainwright

On Saturday, rising big name Ryan Garcia will face his hardest test so far when he faces perennial lightweight contender Luke Campbell in a 12-round scheduled contest at the American airways core in Dallas, Texas.

The crossroads matchup should be broadcast on DAZN, beginning at three:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT eight p.m. (GMT). The leading experience is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT (eleven p.m. GMT).

Campbell, who’s rated No. 4 by way of The Ring at a hundred thirty five-pounds, is a tall, awkward southpaw. He claimed gold on the 2012 London Olympics. within the professional ranks, the accepted Englishman has overwhelmed former world titleholder Algenis Mendez (UD 12) and perennial contender Darleys Perez (TKO 9). however, when he stepped up, he suffered a detailed loss to Jorge Linares (SD 12) in a hoop magazine/WBA title shot, but changed into dominated via Vasiliy Lomachenko (UD 12) in his 2d world title effort.

Garcia, who is rated No. 5 by The Ring at a hundred thirty five-kilos, is each bit the new-age fighter; a social media phenom, with millions of followers. at the beginning there become a query mark as as to if Garcia’s achievements would are living up to his outside-the-ring persona, and seemed to plateau in 2018, before teaming up with Eddy Reynoso. considering then, “Kingry” has kicked things up a notch and showed his vaunted power, knocking out strong contenders Romero Duno (KO 1) and Francisco Fonseca (KO 1).

It’s one component for Garcia (20-0, 17 knockouts) to do what he did to Duno and Fonseca, however can he do it in opposition t a confirmed world type opponent? Can Campbell (20-three, 16 KOs) take the young lion into deep water? What occurs when Garcia lands his left hook? Can Campbell examine Garcia’s chin?

on-line playing neighborhood William Hill lists Garcia as a 2/7 (-350) favorite, while Campbell is priced at 5/2 (+250); the draw is 18/1 (+1800).

here’s how the consultants see it:



“Garcia beats Campbell. Being honest, I haven’t acquired a clue who’s going to win. Some days, I think Garcia. Some days, I think Campbell. Some days, I just can’t suppose. i do know that Campbell is an international-degree talent with extremely good craft and a whole lot of guts. With Garcia – despite the vigor, speed and timing he’s displayed – we haven’t seen what he can do against a suitable guy at 135 pounds. either he’s pretty much as good as advertised or he’s no longer, but Campbell is simply the category of guy to smoke him out if he’s not genuine. My opt for is completely in line with a hunch. No outcomes would shock me.”


“a extremely fascinating fight to kick off 2021. For ages I doubted Garcia, i believed he changed into a frontrunner and somewhat of a media advent. although, because relocating to work with Eddy Reynoso, he has stepped his video game up significantly scoring beautiful knockouts. Campbell is an Olympic gold medalist and a really strong skilled, tall and rangy who is an issue for practically any person at light-weight. besides the fact that children, he has fallen short on the biggest nights against Jorge Linares and Vasiliy Lomachenko. I think he’ll again fall short this time, too. Garcia can suit Campbell for dimension, is more athletic, a much bigger puncher and has adolescence on his aspect. I believe this may play out a bit like his stablemate Canelo Alvarez’s contemporary win over Callum Smith. I think Campbell is awkward adequate to move rounds. He’ll must be on preserve and so as to see his punch output lower. Garcia may also get at Campbell and ranking a knockdown or two along the way to successful a large unanimous determination.”


“It’s been a long time because Garcia has faced a southpaw – he stopped Noe Raygoza in eight rounds in December 2017 – but that become a an awful lot distinctive edition of Garcia than the one we’ve seen due to the fact that he joined forces with Eddy Reynoso. due to the fact that then, he’s discovered that stability of passion and precision that Reynoso has executed with Saul Alvarez, and whereas Campbell’s savvy, experience and lefty stance will latest a puzzle to Garcia – and since each could be coming off long layoffs – it will take the time for the events to regulate to one another. The guess right here is that Garcia, who is eleven years more youthful, is armed with supreme self belief as well as quicker and more potent fists, will become the first man to cease Campbell, and, by using successful the WBC’s ‘period in-between’ belt at one hundred thirty five, set the stage for a ‘unification’ showdown of young stars with ‘full’ WBC titlist Devin Haney.”


“King Ryan’s confidence stage is at a ludicrous level. And on combat evening, we can see why. he will drop and forestall Luke in striking style. The KO will come before the conclusion of circular 5.”


“one of my exact criteria for choosing a winner in any matchup is velocity, and in this case, Ryan Garcia enjoys merits in pace of hand, foot, reflex, and maybe idea? added to that are small top and attain merits, in addition to Luke Campbell having to make the journey from England to Texas. the entire intangibles line up for Garcia, but Campbell can name on having competed in opposition t two elite world champions (Lomachenko and Linares) and his southpaw stance may give him some early openings. nevertheless, Garcia bosses the combat starting within the third round and makes Campbell seem to be every bit of 33-years-ancient earlier than forcing the referee to cease the battle across the seventh stanza.”


“I are expecting a press release-making efficiency from King Ry. He has the right mix of youthful exuberance, measurement, confidence and fast-twitch explosiveness to stop Campbell. provide me Ryan Garcia by late stoppage, after some horrifying moments within the early rounds.”


“The accessories for stardom are there. Garcia has good looks, hand pace, vigour and a social-media following huge sufficient to be a metropolis. handiest the proof is lacking. Enter Luke Campbell, an Olympic gold medalist with an effective skillset that has been proven by the most excellent. He went 12 rounds with Vasiliy Lomachenko, a unanimous-decision loss in August 2019. Campbell, who also misplaced a split choice to Jorge Linares, is aware of what he’s doing, which could imply he is aware of how to beat Garcia. Garcia has by no means long past past 10 rounds. but the query is the way to contend with Garcia’s hand pace and vigour, a lethal mixture that has propelled him to successive first-circular KOs in his last two bouts. Campbell figures to win if he takes the bout into the late rounds, which Garcia on no account skilled. but it surely received’t go there. Garcia’s velocity and energy will shock, then stun, and at last stop Campbell in the seventh.”



“This can be viewed as a crossroads fight for Campbell, after having lost to Linares and Lomachenko. it will be difficult to look the place Campbell would go from right here, should he lose once again, this time to the younger sparkling star, Garcia, who’s quickly becoming the pin-up boy for boxing. Success breeds success. Garcia, a stablemate of Canelo Alvarez, the pound-for-pound boss, makes me lean toward Garcia. His velocity, youthfulness and will to win should see him come away by the use of a majority resolution.”


“The boxing industry desires to promote us Ryan Garcia as the future big name of the recreation and perhaps he is, however anything is definite: we will have lots of response after his duel with Luke Campbell, who is a fantastic boxer with a lot of event. I see Garcia successful a complicated and complex battle. Garcia via split choice or majority decision.”

KATHY DUVA (PROMOTER, leading activities): GARCIA PTS

“here’s a fascinating crossroads battle and a step-up for Garcia. but coming off the beat down from Lomachenko, a sixteen-month layoff and fighting in an area in the U.S. with a closely professional-Garcia crowd, I don’t trust the cases will desire Campbell in any means. I suppose that Garcia may well be too young and too fast for Campbell. but Campbell has a large part in experience and he’s by no means been stopped. So, I’m identifying Garcia to win by way of resolution.”


“I suppose this is a very good crossroads fight for Garcia. Campbell isn’t any convenient battle for him, but I feel Loma in reality took a lot out of Campbell, and Campbell being off so lengthy isn’t going to aid him. also, Campbell’s different two loses are split choices, which shows me he finds a method now not to win. I suppose Garcia’s velocity and power is going to win this battle relatively easy for him. Garcia through TKO 10.”


“this is a tough fight to call. On steadiness, Luke Campbell shouldn’t be a 5/2 underdog given his form with Linares, his skill set, toughness and that he sizes up smartly in opposition t Garcia. however the child does appear special. It’s a rare issue to provide one-punch kayos off the back foot. He’s nonetheless raw, just a little long, loose along with his punches and maybe beatable now in preference to tomorrow. Campbell looks the wager, but heritage may also well show that call somewhat ridiculous. Campbell determination win.”


“Ryan is quickly, Campbell is the slower fighter, it’s going to be competitive within the early rounds. After the third circular, as soon as Ryan figures him out, he’ll time him and probably stop him after the sixth.”


“Ryan Garcia’s brash, cocky and assured. I’ve viewed Luke Campbell battle and he’s a hard man as you say over throughout the pond. I believe Garcia wins in a very complicated-fought resolution.”


“here’s the first precise look at various for Garcia. He’s an explosive, brief-exceeded fighter with vigour and has an accurate counter left hook. each are rangy warring parties. I see a chess match, with both opponents being smart and using their potential. Campbell artful southpaw who has been rounds. He should take Garcia into the returned half of the combat and verify him. I see Garcia with the aid of shut choice.”


“pleasing battle. I accept as true with that it could be a coming-out birthday celebration for Ryan Garcia. Luke Campbell has the event and has been in with very respectable opposition. He became able to improve against Jorge Linares and be aggressive the relaxation of the fight. With that being pointed out, I consider that Ryan Garcia will trap him early and prevent him within three rounds. That’s if Ryan Garcia is supposed to be the face of boxing, which I believe he’ll be. He’s got all of it, to this point, ability, charisma, punching vigor and is a really likable man. Kinda like Oscar De La Hoya was when he changed into coming up. Ryan Garcia through KO within three rounds.”


“here’s a very good matchup. Campbell has extra event each as an newbie and a professional. He lost twice already for light-weight world titles. He has a complete of three losses on his listing, two by using cut up determination. The different was a wide features loss to Lomachenko and despite the fact he got dropped in each and every loss, he still finished the fights. here’s his probability to are trying and get the area title in his third attempt. Campbell needs to keep his fingers high as Garcia likes to throw brief straight rights and tough long left hooks. Garcia is facing his largest examine and should additionally deserve to keep his arms excessive. Campbell is an excellent difficult puncher throwing lengthy straight rights and he works the body neatly with both arms. If there’s a knockout, I suppose it might come from Garcia, but I do see the battle going long and might be an in depth decision win or stoppage late for Ryan Garcia. but this is a battle both guy can win.”

last Tally: Garcia sixteen-1

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