Ryan Garcia, dropped for the first time in his career, passed his sternest test by stopping Luke Campbell in round seven at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.
At every point in a young fighter’s career, there comes a day when he or she steps up his level of competition. For undefeated Ryan Garcia, that time came Saturday night.
Garcia, dropped for the first time in his career, passed his sternest test by stopping Luke Campbell in the seventh round at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.
The time was 1:58.
Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) got off first in the opening stanza. He jabbed to the body. Southpaw Campbell (20-4, 16 KOs) returned his own jab. A straight right hand from Garcia connected. Campbell landed a left.
In round two, Garcia flashed fast hands - unloading a number of combinations. Campbell blocked a few and ate a few. Seconds later, a sweeping left put Garcia down on the seat of his pants. Campbell went searching for the knockout, but Garcia fought back.
Campbell fired a right to the ribs in round three. Garcia, who looked fully recovered, let fly with a number of right hands. Campbell landed a left, while Garcia fired hooks. Campbell connected with another looping left with thirty seconds left in the round. Both fighters traded shots in round four. Garcia clipped Campbell with a left. Campbell worked the body and head. Garcia landed a hard right.
Garcia,22, connected with a left while Campbell landed an inside right in round five. Campbell clipped Garcia with a left to the noggin. The UK fighter is crafty. Garcia came back with a right. He also flurried. Garcia landed a strong left to the temple that wobbled Campbell. He was fortunate the bell sounded mere seconds later. Garcia went for the knockout in round six. He fired numerous punches. Campbell,33, rolled and ducked. He connected with a solid right cross. And a left. Garcia landed a check hook.
In round seven, Campbell came out jabbing. He worked the body. Garcia walked forward and unleashed a left hook to the liver. The blow landed perfectly. Campbell went down to one knee. He grimaced in pain and struggled to get up, but could not beat the fatal 10 count.
“I think I showed a lot who I really em,” said Garcia. “He dropped me but I got up.”