By News Team
29th December 2020
There’s no rest for the wicked in the Matchroom Boxing stable, as Luke Campbell takes on rising star Ryan Garcia on the 2nd of January at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
The two lightweight contenders will kick-off the 2021 boxing schedule in dramatic style. We take a look at the fight in-depth below and pick out some of the best odds.
Has Garcia got what it takes to fight at world level?
Ryan Garcia has become one of the most influential names in boxing over the last couple of years, racking up a monumental 7.5m followers on Instagram, as fans have taken to the lightweight knockout artist with open arms.
To put that into context, that’s more than the combined followership of Tyson Fury (4m) and Deontay Wilder (2.7m) – some feat for a boxer who is yet to win a world title. But can he cut it with the big names of the division?
Luke Campbell represents the first real test for Garcia amongst the big names of the division. The UK fighter has lost just three times in his career, twice for the world title, losing to pound-for-pound star Vasyl Lomachenko after 12 rounds, and again to Jorge Linares, in a fight where many thought Campbell should’ve seen his hand raised.
It’s clear that Garcia is yet to face-off against a fighter of the calibre of Campbell, but we’re equally yet to see whether Garcia is more than capable of handling a fighter at this level, which makes this bout intriguing to say the least.
Defeat damaging for Campbell?
Victory for the 33-year-old Briton would put him in line for another shot at the WBC world title, but given the fact that Garcia is largely untested at world level, where does that leave Campbell should he lose?
The lightweight division is rife with talent. Teofimo Lopez has just defeated Lomachenko, who many believed to be the pound-for-pound number one, Devin Haney remains undefeated as the WBC world champion, and super-featherweight monster Gervonta Davis has his sights set on a move up in weight.
Luke Campbell must win if he wants to stay in this conversation, whereas the 22-year-old American has many years ahead of him to work his way back into contention.
The American has beaten 17 of his 20 opponents by stoppage, and you can get him to do the same here at 10/11.