Ryan Garcia picked up the biggest win of his professional career with a seventh round stoppage victory over 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Luke Campbell, picking up the WBC Interim lightweight title at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Garcia overcame a vicious knockdown in the second round, staged a competitive perfomance and then knocked out the former two time title challenger with a one punch body shot in the seventh round of the DAZN televised main event.
Garcia started the fight using his Jab to his advantage as his height and reach totally favoured the technique. He was able to force Campbell to the ropes with a chopping right hand. However, Campbell preferred to be defensive in his approach.
Campbell handed Garcia the first knockdown of his professional career with a vicious left hook in the second round. Garcia was able to beat the count but stuck to a high guard defence will trying to get himself after such a vicious shot. He was able to survive the round.
“I got too excited in the moment,” admitted Garcia while speaking about the knocsown. “I felt I could just walk him down, but he ended up cracking me. So, I had to adjust and calm down. I knew that I could beat him.
“I had to show that I was a warrior. I was a little dizzy with the knockdown, but I wasn’t worried. He’s not used to going forward, so I just knew I had to cover up.”
The unbeaten lightweight came out firing in the third round, landing right hands and drew reactions from the sold out crowd. Campbell was able to adjust and landed a body shot , which Garcia replied with a combination.
Campbell was out to retained the lead and came firing out combinations. Garcia then connected a two big rights that drew a reaction from the crowd before finishing the round with a big right and two lefts. Garcia was able to land early in round five, replied a few counters from Campbell.
However, Garcia drew a warning from. The referee afterwards after connecting a bodyshot that seemed too low. Garcia manoeuvred a left from Campbell before sending him to the ropes with a combination to close the round.
Both fighters enjoyed their time in round six, with Garcia constantly feeding off the energy from the Crowd reaction,. He aggressively fired right hands at Campbell, who made use of the ropes to avoid those punches. He connected a right hand but reviewed a counter left in return.
Campbell welcomed Garcia to the seventh round with a combination and with that tried to replicate it with anote combination by Garcia was quick, connected a left hook to his Ribs . Campbell initially hesitated going down but eventually went down on both knees and stayed down through the whole ten count.
Garcia reunited with Saul Canelo Alvarez in the ring for a massive celebration after the victory.
Campbell was competitive throughout the fight but will have to settle for another loss. His record falls to ( 20-4, 16KOs ) after losing for the first time via knockout in his seven years as a professional. Campbell acknowledged Garcia’s power after the fight, called it the hardest he has ever received.
“He’s very heavy handed. Even when I was blocking the shots, I could feel them,” noted Campbell, who had never been stopped in 23 previous starts. 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.”
Garcia with the win registered his fifth straight knockout victory under Eddy Reynoso and that improves his record to (21-0, 18KOs). Garcia is now next in line to face WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney.
Garcia will love to fight Baltimore knockout artist Gervonta Davis in his next outing and didn’t hesitate calling out the 23year old in his post fight Interview.
“I want to be a man of my word. I want Gervonta “Tank” Davis next,” insists Garcia. “I am ready. People are worried about that one. I want Tank Davis.