Golden Boy Boss Oscar De La Hoya tips Ryan Garcia to be better than all the opponents Luke Campbell has faced in his Boxing Career.
De La Hoya dropped his prediction for the match up between the Ryan Garcia and former Olympic medalist Luke Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) during a virtual press conference earlier this week and claims the hand speed mixed with combinations from the young Mexican will be too much for Luke Campbell to handle when they collide in their WBC interim Lightweight title.
Vasily Lomachenko defeated Luke Campbell with a wide Unanimous decision in his last time out but De La Hoya believes Garcia will defeat Luke Campbell in a better fashion than the Ukrainian did in their battle back in 2019.
“The one thing I like about Ryan, that he’s always in the gym,” De La Hoya told moderator Mario Lopez during the aforementioned virtual press conference. “He’s always training. He’s always focused. I mean, look, we see him on social media; he’s doing his thing. But when he trains, when he is getting ready for a fight, he’s a thousand-percent focused. So, that’s exactly why I feel Ryan Garcia can even stop him in the mid to later rounds.”
Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs), who fights out of California will meet with Luke Campbell, who fights out of Hull, England in a fight that has future title implications. The fight will be Televised by DAZN from the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The fight was initially scheduled to take place on December 5th bit was postponed after Campbell tested positive to COVID 19.
Campbell has been defeated thrice in his seven years as a professional career, twice in title fights but has never been knocked out. Yvan Mendy (46-5-1, 22 KOs) first defeated Campbell via decision but avenged his loss with a wide Unanimous decision in their immediate rematch in 2017. Former WBA/WBC lightweight champ Jorge Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) then defeated him with a split decision. Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) defeated him with a wide decision in his last outing.
De La Hoya thinks Luke Campbell will chase the fight aggressively but cautiously and if reckless, Garcia could capitalise and it will be an early night for the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist.
“I think Luke Campbell, his fighting style is gonna be different because he has to deal with Ryan’s speed,” De La Hoya said. “OK? And Ryan is in a whole different category in terms of mentality and punching power and speed and footwork. He’s in a whole different category than what Luke Campbell is used to, OK, in his previous opponents that he’s faced. So, I think Luke Campbell’s gonna come in aggressive, he’s gonna come in reckless and that’s where Ryan Garcia should take advantage. I think Luke Campbell is gonna be very cautious, yes, but aggressive at the same time.”