Luke Campbell is a champion-in-waiting and can prove it against Ryan Garcia

Luke Campbell has had to do it the hard way. Being mandated to fight Ryan Garcia for the interim WBC lightweight title is just the latest example.

Alongside Teofimo Lopez and champion Devin Haney, Garcia is another incredible talent in a red hot division already topped by the peerless Vasyl Lomachenko.

Garcia is precocious and desperate to make his mark. He has lots of natural ability and gets out of the blocks like lightening.

He’s also a handsome kid, second generation Mexican with a huge following on the west coast of America.

“Bring it on”, he tweeted when the fight was announced, “I finally get to fight a southpaw”.

He might not be so keen once the first bell rings. Campbell is a late developer. Always ready, always in great condition.

I have watched thousands of fighters in sparring and Campbell really impresses me. He is better even than I thought.

This is a great fight for him. It’s not made yet, but if it all comes together it is a fantastic opportunity for him to put himself on the map in America.

Campbell turned over comparatively late after realising his Olympic dream with bantamweight gold in 2012.

He fought for his first world title against Jorge Linares two weeks after the death of his father. His next crack was against Lomachenko, arguably the finest exponent of the boxing art in a generation.

He took Linares to the wire and landed more shots on Lomachenko than any before.

Now he wants to go one better and win one against a fighter regarded highly in America.

Campbell was due to meet Javier Fortuna for the interim title and the right to face champion Haney. Typically, Fortuna pulled out to fight Linares for the WBC Diamond belt, leaving Campbell to adjust again.

So be it. He has the experience and loves fighting tall guys. Though he lost to Linares and Loma, he grew in confidence because he knew how close he got to both.

Ultimately Haney is the target. I’m not sure how much Haney fancies it after watching from ringside when Campbell whacked Adrian Yung in Philadelphia last year.

He was sat with his father, who had plenty to say before the fight and not a peep after it. Luke leaned over the ropes and winked at them in victory.

At 32, Campbell has a lot of fight left in him, and a degree of frustration with the fragmented title situation at the WBC.

He is a world champion-in-waiting and ready to unload on somebody. Hopefully Garcia will be the one to feel the heat.

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