Olympic Gold medalist Luke Campbell presently feels less concerned about the video clips his upcoming opponent Ryan Garcia has been posting on Social Media and believes it’s basically show off for his Fans.
The 33 year old Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) has lost two decisions in two of the biggest fights of his career. first against Jorge Linares in 2017, then against Vasily Lomachenko in his last outing last year.
The 22 year old Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) will be entering the biggest fight of his career against Campbell on the second of January. Garcia has age on his side as Campbell is eleven years older and is tipped to become the next big name in boxing. However, Campbell has seen many fast and powerful punchers on video get blown out, when they get into the ring.
“I don’t know a lot about him except that he’s got a huge profile on social media, a hell of a lot of followers,” Campbell told ESPN. “When you have that amount of followers, you have to keep them interested with stuff, videos. For me, I prefer to just live my life. I’ve not followed his career. I’ve had no reason to.
“It all looks good on video, but there’s plenty of kids out there who can hit the pads quickly — but not look good in the ring. You can throw 1,000 uppercuts in 5 seconds on the pads. But it’s not real. There’s no one in front of you trying to take your head [off], just someone holding the pads.”
Campbell will be heading into the fight with hopes of exposing and stopping the fast climbing youngster, there with taking away the WBC interim lightweight title and earning a shot at the WBC world champion Devin Haney, sometime in 2021.
“It’s a great opportunity for the winner,” Campbell said. “I feel like I’m coming into my prime and I’ve not hit my peak yet or shown what I’m capable of. It’s taken me longer than other people to adjust into the pro game, to find my feet. I feel as if I’m just getting there.
“I want to be a world champion. I’m probably about 70 percent more well known than other world champions out there, and that’s something I’ve also wanted to achieve — to be well known by boxing fans for fighting at world-class level.”
The fight between Devin Haney and Luke Campbell will be live on the streaming network DAZN.