Ryan Garcia kicks off the new year with a highly anticipated showdown with Luke Campbell for the interim WBC lightweight title on Saturday, Jan. 2, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
It will mark Garcia’s return to the ring for his first bout since the COVID-19 pandemic put the sporting world on hold last year. The fight was originally slated for Dec. 5, but was postponed when Campbell tested positive for coronavirus. The fight is now reset with a limited number of fans in attendance following social distancing guidelines. The winner will be in line to challenge current WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney.
Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) vs. Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) has been billed as “Fire & Ice,” with Campbell aiming to put an end to the surging star’s undefeated streak. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist not only stands as Garcia’s stiffest test to date, but also has faced the likes of Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jorge Linares. The 33-year-old has never been stopped and has plans to put himself back into title contention with a win on Saturday night.
Garcia is one of the leaders of the new generation of fighters. Initially thought to just be a social media superstar, Garcia has raised eyebrows with recent performances that include a pair of first-round knockouts against Romero Duno and Francisco Fonseca. The talented fighter with scintillating speed and a blistering left hook has improved tremendously under the tutelage of Canelo Alvarez’s trainer, Eddy Reynoso.
Will Garcia catapult himself into title contention or can “Cool Hand” Luke put an end to the hype?
Ryan Garcia vs. Luke Campbell live updates, highlights
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Ryan Garcia vs. Luke Campbell start time
The Garcia vs. Campbell main card begins at 3 p.m. ET. Garcia and Campbell expected to make their ring walks about 6 p.m. ET, although the time depends on the length of the earlier fights.
How to watch Garcia vs. Campbell fight
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Ryan Garcia vs. Luke Campbell fight card
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