Ryan Garcia kicks off the new year with a much-anticipated showdown with Luke Campbell for the interim WBC lightweight title on Saturday, Jan. 2 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
It will mark Garcia’s return to the ring for his first fight since the COVID-19 pandemic put the world of sports on hold last year. The fight was originally scheduled for December 5, but was postponed when Campbell tested positive for the coronavirus. The fight is now reset with a limited number of fans in attendance per social distancing guidelines. The winner will be in line to challenge current WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney.
Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) vs. Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) was billed as “Fire & Ice”, with Campbell aiming to end the rising star’s unbeaten streak. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist is not only Garcia’s toughest test yet, but he has also faced players like Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jorge Linares. The 33-year-old has never been arrested and plans to return to contention for the title with a victory on Saturday night.
Garcia is one of the leaders of the new generation of fighters. Initially considered a mere social media superstar, Garcia has raised eyebrows with recent performances that include a pair of first round knockouts against Romero Duno and Francisco Fonseca. The talented fighter with scintillating speed and a searing left hook has improved immensely under the tutelage of Canelo Alvarez coach Eddy Reynoso.
Will Garcia catapult himself into the title race or can “Cool Hand” Luke put an end to the hype?
Ryan Garcia vs Luke Campbell live updates, highlights
4:06 p.m.: Another group of brothers is also featured on this card as Felix and René Alvarado compete tonight. Heavy Felix Alvarado (35-2, 30 KOs) first defends his IBF junior flyweight title against DeeJay Kriel (16-1-1, 8 KOs).
3:50 p.m.: Curiel made Agaton’s job easier with a save in the second lap. It was one-way traffic from the opening bell as Curiel threw Agaton into the opening frame with a nasty body shot. Curiel wasted no time getting the job done as he charged in Agaton in the second round and threw a barrage of punches to get the save.
3:41 p.m.: Next up is Raul Curiel (8-0, 6 KOs) against Ramses Agaton (22-13-3, 12 KOs) in middleweight action.
3:36 p.m.: We kicked off the day of events with Ryan Garcia’s younger brother Sean who had a narrow majority victory over Rene Marquez. It was a tough race for Garcia, who improved to 6-0 as Marquez gave him everything he could handle. After a slow start, Garcia began to use his jab to keep his aggressive foe at bay while injuring him with a right hook in the third. It was just enough to overcome an even 38-38 card with two scores of 39-37 to remain undefeated.
Ryan Garcia vs Luke Campbell start time
- Dated: Saturday January 2
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Garcia-Campbell: 6 p.m. ET
The Garcia vs Campbell main card begins at 3 p.m. ET. Garcia and Campbell expected to have their ring run around 6 p.m. ET, although the time will depend on the length of previous bouts.
How to watch Garcia vs. Campbell fight
The Garcia vs. Campbell fight will be broadcast live worldwide on DAZN, in more than 200 countries and territories, including the United States and Canada.
Those interested in watching the fight can find DAZN on a number of different systems including, but not limited to Amazon Fire TV / stick, Android, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS devices, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, and Roku.
Viewers can also find it on DAZN.com using browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.
Ryan Garcia vs Luke Campbell results
- Ryan Garcia vs. Luke Campbell for interim WBC lightweight title
- Rene Alvarado vs. Roger Gutierrez for Alvarado WBA Super Featherweight Title (Regular)
- Felix Alvarado vs. DeeJay Kriel for Alvarado IBF Junior Flyweight Title
- Raul Curiel beats. Ramses Agaton via Second Round TKO (1:16)
- Sean Garcia beats. René Marquez by majority decision (38-38, 39-37 & 39-37)
- Tristan Kalkreuth versus Jorge Martinez; cruising weight
- Asa Stevens v Francisco Bonilla; bantam-weight
- Franchon Crews-Dezurn vs. Ashleigh Curry; super middleweight for women
- Alex Rincon vs. Sergio Gonzalez; super welterweight