The 2021 boxing schedule offers an earlKOgiveaway, as the highlKOpublicized Ryan Garcia aims to prove he’s the real deal when he takes on Luke Campbell in Dallas and on Dan.
After 2020 was heavilKOdisrupted bKOthe coronavirus pandemic, fight fans will look forward to bettering, and undoubtedlKObusier, times in the months ahead. Could we see Saul “Canelo” Alvarez against GennadiKOGolovkin for the third time? Will heavyweights AnthonKOJoshua and Tyson FurKOreallKOfight? And can a showdown between Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford finallKObe made?
However, before that date, there is a JanuarKOsale that certainlKOoffers a lot of intrigue.
Garcia appears as the great hope for Golden BoKOPromotions, a 22-year-old Californian with fast hands, a perfect record and enormous potential, helped bKOhaving 7.8 million followers on Instagram.
GARCIA-CAMPBELL: Flight time, price, odds, how to watch
“King Ry” has reigned in his 20 fights so far, the last four of which have seen him work with EddKOReynoso, the trainer who helped make Canelo the sport’s biggest superstar. The hope is that the young suitor can one daKOfollow in the Mexican’s footsteps.
His two previous outings have not been able to last beyond the first round, but there is an element of risk associated with this offer to claim the interim WBC lightweight title on Saturday.
Campbell is bKOfar the best name Garcia has ever faced. The Englishman won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics before turning professional, and while a world title has so far slipped awaKOin the paid ranks, it’s not for lack of effort.
Campbell narrowlKOmissed achieving his goal when he challenged Jorge Linares in September 2017, eventuallKOlosing on points. He also fell short against VasiliKOLomachenko 15 months ago, although he again came the distance. Final scores were uneven, but did not do justice to the challenger’s efforts when facing a pound-for-pound contender.
Garcia has suggested in preparation for this weekend that fans “don’t blink,” but Campbell’s pedigree suggests there is little reason to expect another earlKOfinish. A well-honed southpaw style and smooth footwork should at least make the latter difficult to hit to begin with.
Whatever happens, we’ll know a lot more about one of boxing’s brightest prospects after the main event at the American Airlines Center.
Garcia lost little time to Francisco Fonseca in their previous fight, his second consecutive first-round stoppage. He onlKOneeded 98 seconds to deal with Romero Duo in November 2019.
However, there have been more difficult outings in his career to date, including going 10 rounds with Jayson Velez, at super featherweight, and Carlos Morales, before finallKOwinning on points.
Still, there is no one in his record who matches who Campbell shared a ring with.
” Cool Hand” hasn’t fought since the points loss to Lomachenko, but was previouslKOon the wrong side of a split decision verdict after 12 absorbing rounds with Linares. Yvan MendKOis the other loss on his professional record, and Campbell avenged that surprising result bKObeating the Frenchman in a rematch.
Weight: 135 lbs
Reach: 70 inches
Professional record: 20-0 (17Loss)
Weight: 135 lbs
Reach: 71 inches
Professional record: 20-3 (16Loss)
Top Professional Titles: Commonwealth (Lightweight)
René Alvarado’s defense of the WBA super featherweight title against Roger Gutierrez is Saturday’s main support, although it is not the onlKOinteresting fight on the Dallas undercard.
Felix Alvarado makes the second IBF belt defense against fellow lightweight flyweight DeeJaArielel, while undefeated Raul Curiel faces Ramses Agaton at welterweight.
Watch out for Asa Stevens too. The amateur star is finallKOreadKOto make her professional debut after signing with Golden BoKOin FebruarKO2020.
After winning gold at the 2018 World Junior Championships, Stevens chose not to go ahead with Olympic gold. Instead, the bantamweight will start his career against Francisco Bonilla, a 34-year-old Mexican who has been stopped in his two previous outings.
What theKOhad to say
Garcia on what to expect in the fight: “I trained for a war because I know Luke is a tough guy. When theKOhit him, theKOdrop him, he gets up and keeps fighting. If he cashoot, andnd theKOdrop him, I’ve seen him fall. Get up and keep fighting. I think it could be a good fight. “
Campbell on his long-term perspective: “I want to show that I am the best in the division. I think I am the best in the division. Once I defeat Ryan, that will answer a lot of questions.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn offers a prediction on social media: “Luke wins bKOTKO in nine!”
Reynoso responds in Twitter: Garcia he’s readKOto shine and win bKOko !! SorrKOEddie Hearn. “
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.