Promising prodigy Ryan Garcia has proven he is ready for a showdown with the best in his weight-class after climbing off the canvas to deliver a ‘killer’ body shot to end Luke Campbell.
Garcia was facing his most dangerous opponent yet for the interim WBC lightweight championship in Campbell, but clearly worried his opponent with his quick hand speed in the opening round.
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However, Campbell became the first person to knock Garcia to the canvas after a sweeping left hand stunned the 22-year-old prodigy in the second round.
But Garcia was quick to his feet and was able to establish dominance over the next few rounds.
Garcia appeared to stun Campbell at the end of the fifth round before the bell saved his opponent.
But the ending came in the seventh round as the pressure from Garcia mounted.
Garcia landed a ruthless left hook to the body, which crumpled Campbell.
The savage shot forced Campbell to stay down in pain and the ‘killer’ shot sent social media into overdrive.
🥊 21 Fight
✅ 21 Wins
💥 18 KOs
Ryan Garcia recovers from a knockdown to beat Luke Campbell and win the interim WBC lightweight world title 👏
What a performance #GarciaCampbell 🤩
— Low6 (@low6sports) January 3, 2021
Wow!!! What a body shot by Ryan Garcia! 💪🏽
— Joy Taylor (@JoyTaylorTalks) January 3, 2021
— Steve (@SteveK_MMA) January 3, 2021
RYAN GARCIA WINS IN THE 7th. What a freaking performance. Vicious body shot. The kid is for real. Respect him.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 3, 2021
— Lily🦋 (@Lilyhasrice) January 3, 2021
Tonight Ryan Garcia went from boy to man!! Getting off the floor like he did and attacking the man who put him there let’s you know that he has serious bollocks and knows no quit! Luke was blinded and didn’t see it that’s why that body shot has done that to him! #GarciaCampbell
— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) January 3, 2021
Ryan Garcia is the business 👏🏼 Had an inkling Campbell was a step to far, but he’s the real deal, great watch. #GarciaCampbell
— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) January 3, 2021
Luke Campbell tells Ryan Garcia that he is the hardest puncher he’s ever faced. 💥 pic.twitter.com/eQlmcd101j
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) January 3, 2021
Garcia calls out ‘Tank’ Davis
Garcia is a bonafide star in and out of the ring with a huge following on Instagram.
Despite the stacked 135-pound division, including young stars such as Teofimo Lopez, Gervonta Davis and Devin Haney, Garcia might just have the most pulling power.
And Garcia doubled down in his claims and called out Davis after the bout.
"I'm a man of my word," Garcia said.
"Let's go, Tank. Let's go. And I see you, Devin Haney. I like him. I want to fight him, too. But I really want to fight Tank. I know people are worried about that one, but I'm ready.
“I fought an Olympic gold medalist. Lomachenko couldn't stop him. Linares couldn't finish him. I showed today that I'm special."
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