Devin Haney is planing to give a force a WBC championship unification with Interim Champion Ryan Garcia before this year runs out but that might be a bad idea for the champion as Promoter and former champion Barry McGuigan doesn’t believes he has a chance against the Mexican
McGuigan was ringside two weeks ago when the rising star climbed up from a second round knockdown to score a seven round knockout win over 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Luke Campbell, capturing the WBC interim lightweight title in the process.
Campbell, who is trained by Barry McGuigan’s son Shane, dropped Garcia in the second round with a left hook that briefly saw the younger man freeze mid air, while on his way to the canvas. However, the 22 year old was able to recover, staged a competive performance before finishing Campbell with a hook to the liver.
Garcia , with the win became the mandatory challenger to WBC lightweight world champion Devin Haney with an announcement for a unification expected from the WBC later this year.
McGuigan couldn’t help but heap praises on the two lightweight fighters after such a wonderful performance. He believes that Campbell will need to take some time off to prepare for the next step in his professional career. For Garcia, He believes anyone placed in the ring with the 22 year Old, has huge probability of lossing after showing show much guts, strength and conditioning against Campbell.
“Campbell is still in the shake-up but after a tough loss needs to take his time to decide his next move,” Barry McGuigan told The Mirror.
“He put up a great performance against Garcia. But as he acknowledged immediately after the fight, he was in with someone very special. Whoever Garcia is matched against next it is clear he has the potential to be boxing’s next crossover superstar. I was very impressed. He had a real gut check against Campbell and came through it. That shot that dropped him in the second round would have knocked out most lightweights. He just got up and walked straight back into him. Garcia’s eyes were crystal clear and his legs rock solid.
Analysing the top lightweights on Garcia’s Radar, McGuigan was quick to pick out Haney as Garcia’s quickest rout to a world title due to his performance against Veteran Yuriokis Gamboa and for Knockout artist Gervonta Davis, McGuigan believes the Baltimore star has the power to topple any lightweight but isn’t as consistent as expected.
“Campbell is a slick counter puncher. He drops single shots. He does not run into you with volume punches. We knew it would be a cagey, clever, rear-guard action by Campbell. The plan was to up the pace in the second half of the fight. But Garcia showed he had real guts and can adapt. People said Campbell should have jumped on him, but when he did at the end of the fifth he was nailed with a counter.
“The target that was offered in the second round was no longer available. Garcia did not drop his right hand again. What he did do was show that he can take and land a shot. He is quick, heavy handed and explosive. Garcia has a great chance against Devin Haney, who did not get rid of veteran Cuban Yuri Gamboa in what was a pretty low-key performance last time out. Lopez is the standout. And Gervonta Davis’ power makes him a real threat but he can be inconsistent and unreliable. Garcia is as fast as any flyweight and has the power of a light middle, so nobody is going to be relishing that. They will be encouraged that Campbell dropped him but discouraged by the way he responded. Always the sign of a great champion.”