MatchRoom Boss Eddie Hearn did not believe Ryan Garcia will take the fight against Luke Campbell even after the WBC ordered them both to fight for its interim lightweight title.
Hearn recently recently opened up on the uncertainties that surrounded the fight, which was a major doubt in both camps. It was believed, Garcia will prefere a less experienced opponent for his next outing, while gradually building himself for the bigger picture, sometime in the future before the fight got finalised and scheduled for December 5th.
“[I was] very, very surprised,” Hearn told a small group of reporters recently. “I thought – and I won’t throw anyone under a bus at Golden Boy – but I know some of them were surprised. You know, because it’s not that they don’t rate Ryan Garcia. But what I like about Ryan Garcia and [trainer] Eddy Reynoso is they’re backing it up. So, you can talk sh-t and you can have a load of Instagram followers, but jumping in a fight like that is another thing. So, they obviously believe. Eddy Reynoso’s a very smart man. He wouldn’t be taking this fight if he didn’t think they could win.”
The two were scheduled to meet on Dec. 5th but everything got postponed and rescheduled for January 2nd after the Brit returned a positive COVID 19 Result.
Hearn admitted the 22 year old Mexican has great Tallent and a lot of potential but sees 33 year Old Campbell being too experienced for the youngster, who has only been active for five years as a professional.
Campbell has lost twice in title fights and has lost just thrice during his seven years as a professional. Losing title attempted via unanimous decision to Jorge Linares and Vasily Lomachenko before then, he lost a fight only to Yvan Mendy, with whom he avenged the loss the following year. Campbell’s Technical skill and durability could end up causing issues for the Mexican.
Hearn believes Campbell is a lot more steps ahead of Garcia and that Garcia taking the fight might not have been opposed by an member of the Golden Boy team but somewhere somehow, they should be feeling it. They have made a big mistake.
“I’m not sure they’ve got the power to do that,” Hearn said. “But it wasn’t that they said, ‘Oh, don’t take the fight.’ But I think in conversations, [they said], ‘I’m not sure that’ll be accepted.’ And it was like, ‘It’s on!’ … Maybe as it draws closer, they’ve realized they’ve made a bit of a mistake.”