With Ryan Garcia honing-in on a fight against former title contender Luke Campbell, his Golden Boy promoter Eric Gomez tells Sky Sports that this is a serious fight for Garcia — one that could provide him with a lot of legitimacy, but could otherwise be a big setback should Campbell beat the brakes off him.
“We are very excited, this is the type of fight that Ryan wants. This is a real fight. Campbell is a top fighter, he really is. He came close to beating Jorge Linares - the only reason he lost is because of a knock-down early in their fight.
“This will test Ryan. If he beats Campbell then he will get a lot of credit. But it is very dangerous for Ryan. These are the type of fights that he needs in his career.”
Make no mistake about it, Campbell is a legitimately talented fighter, one much better crafted and experienced than anyone Garcia has faced before and has acquitted himself well even against some of boxing’s elite talent. If Garcia can’t live up to the hype, Campbell is exactly the kind of opponent to prove it. I even expect a good portion of people to back Campbell in this fight.
Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) last dropped a decision to Vasiliy Lomachenko last summer while Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) scored a knockout win over Francisco Fonseca in February. Let’s get your early predictions. Who wins?