Luke Campbell took another hard loss in a big fight today, knocked out in the seventh round against Ryan Garcia, following a good start for the British veteran that saw Garcia down in the second round.
Campbell (20-4, 16 KO) is 33 now and still a contender at lightweight, but he’s also yet to win a world title and this latest setback will probably be the hardest to come back from.
That said, the former Olympic gold medalist gave the 22-year-old Garcia (21-0, 18 KO) full credit for his win and performance, and said the body shot that finished him off was the hardest punch he’s ever felt.
“He’s very heavy handed. Even when I was blocking the shots, I could feel them,” Campbell said. “That was the hardest shot I was ever hit with. I tried and tried to get up, but I couldn’t. I felt him coming on, and I was moving back, and when you move back my body relaxed a little bit and that’s the exact time he hit me.”
Campbell also credited Garcia with showing a lot of heart when he got off the canvas and came back in the bout.
“He did so well to get up from the shot in the second round,” Campbell stated. “I felt that through my arm and knew it was a beauty but all credit to him, he got up and showed he’s got real heart.
“It was a great fight and I knew I was right in the fight and thought I was having a good round in the seventh, but that was just a fantastic body shot. I was ready to attack again and he just timed the punch perfectly, I wanted to beat the count but just couldn’t, you just have to hold your hands up and say it was a great shot from a very talented fighter who is going to go a long way.”