After some setbacks, Ryan Garcia vs. Luke Campbell for the WBC interim lightweight championship at the American Airlines Center in Dallas is finally official after Friday’s weigh-in.
Both Garcia and Campbell had no issue making weight and came in at 135 pounds. Both looked to be in tremendous shape and made it clear of their intentions.
“This is the opportunity that I’ve been waiting for,” said Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs). The former lightweight contender aims to finally get closer to his dreams of becoming a champion after being turned back by Vasiliy Lomachenko in 2019 and Jorge Linares in 2017.
Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs), arguably the fastest rising star in boxing, has bad intentions for his opponent. After a pair of back to back first-round knockouts against Francisco Fonseca and Romero Duno, Garcia looks to add the 2012 Olympic gold medalist to his resume.
“I’m ready,” said Garcia. “The words have been said, everything is done. I’m just ready to do me.”
Billed as “Fire & Ice,” Garcia is set to take the toughest test of his career as “Cool Hand” Luke Campbell plans to put out the flame that is Ryan Garcia. But Garcia takes some offense to the billing for the fight.
“Who made that up?” Garcia asked. “It’s really fire that melts ice!”
Garcia remains the betting favorite at -400 while Campbell is the underdog at +260. It’s a position that Campbell is familiar with.
“I’ve been the underdog my entire career since the amateur days It doesn’t bother me at all,” said Campbell.
Despite being the favorite and promising a vicious beating, Garcia refuses to look past the man that will be standing across the ring from him on Saturday.
“I take no man lightly,” he said before adding a bit for those tuning in.
Ryan Garcia vs. Luke Campbell fight card and weights
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