Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) had to overcome the first knockdown of his career to win an absolute thriller against Olympic gold medalist and two-time world lightweight title challenger Luke Campbell (20-4 16 KOs).
In front of 6,000 fans at American Airlines Center in Dallas, the 22-year-old rising star was floored by Campbell in the second round on a heavy left hand. Garcia recovered from that shot and hurt Campbell towards the end of round five in what was a very compelling contest. Then in round seven, Garcia uncorked a wicked left to the liver that would put Campbell down on a knee... then both knees, then unable to recover in time. A dramatic turnaround and a knockout win that puts Garcia in line for a title shot versus WBC champion Devin Haney (25-0, 15 KOs), who twice beat him in the US amateurs.
Watch the highlights below, including the spectacular finish that solidifies Garcia as more than just hype.
LUKE CAMPBELL PUTS RYAN GARCIA ON THE CANVAS IN ROUND 2 pic.twitter.com/hCQaPiVHjY— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) January 2, 2021
Ryan Garcia catches Luke Campbell pic.twitter.com/Hl8togVVXT— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) January 2, 2021