Negotiations for a WBC-ordered lightweight clash between rising young star Ryan Garcia and veteran contender Luke Campbell continue, according to ESPN.com, with Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn admitting the situation is “challenging,” in terms of coming up with the right figures to make a notable fight happen with two guys who will want to be paid real money.
Hearn tells ESPN that Golden Boy, Garcia’s promoter, sent an offer, and he returned a counter proposal. The fight would go to purse bid if the sides can’t reach an agreement, and even then there’s no guarantee both or either fighter would accept the terms of the purse bid. Hearn is hoping to make a deal this week for the fight.
The 21-year-old Garcia (20-0, 17 KO) is a hot young prospect and emerging contender in a packed and potentially very fun division, but he’s had some major issues with Golden Boy and Oscar De La Hoya, it seems, in particular, both last year and this year. Last year, Garcia and the company made up enough to sign a new deal, and this year Garcia has gone as far as daring Golden Boy to just release him.
But Garcia and his management are reportedly up for a fight with the 32-year-old Campbell (20-3, 16 KO), a two-time world title challenger and 2012 Olympic gold medalist, and we know Campbell and Matchroom want it, too. And to his credit, at least on the surface, Oscar De La Hoya has indicated Golden Boy have no intention of freezing Garcia out during a spat; if a good fight can be made, they’ve said they’ll make it.
The fight would set up a mandatory challenger (or however the WBC will phrase it) for their full lightweight title, which is currently held by Devin Haney, who is planning a fall return, possibly against Yuriorkis Gamboa.