The 2021 year kicks off with a bang when Ryan Garcia meets with Luke Campbell for the interim WBC lightweight title on Saturday, Jan. 2, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.It will be Garcia’s highly anticipated return to the ring for his first bout since the COVID-19 pandemic put the sporting world on hold last year. The bout was originally slated for Dec. 5 but was postponed when Campbell tested positive for coronavirus. The fight is now reset with a limited amount of fans in attendance following social distancing guidelines. The winner will be in line to challenge current WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney.
Campbell, 33, is the slight underdog against 22-year-old Garcia, who has yet to prove himself as a real threat to the division’s big players.
What channel is Garcia vs Campell on and can it be live streamed?
- Garcia’s big clash with Campbell will be shown live on DAZN in the UK.
- The streaming service is available for just £1.99 a month and can be downloaded onto your mobile or tablet device.
- You can also stream from the DAZN app on a Smart TV.
What time are the Garcia vs Campbell ring-walks?
- In a pleasing announcement for British boxing fans, Garcia vs Campbell will take place earlier than usual in the UK.
- DAZN announced earlier this week that Garcia vs Campbell would get underway from around 11pm UK time on Saturday, January 2 2021.
- The main card should begin at around 8pm.
- The fight will take place at the American Airlines Centre in Dallas, Texas.
Ryan Garcia has the potential to be one of boxing’s next superstars but first he must prove his worth in the ring with Luke Campbell a huge test for the American.
The Briton is a gold medallist and has pushed Jorge Linares close, as well as taking Vasyl Lomachenko the distance.
This will provide us with tremendous context as to how good Garcia is, especially as his promoter Oscar De La Hoya, now without Canelo Alvarez, who trains alongside Garcia under Chepo Reynoso, will consider Garcia his next big star.
Campbell, too, is taking a big risk, and will know defeat here will set him back and leave him with a long road back towards challenging for a world title.
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The winner could face the likes of Gervonta Davis, another star at lightweight, which also has a new king in Teofimo Lopez, who upset Lomachenko in 2020, while Devin Haney is also highly rated, leaving numerous excellent fights in the works for 2021 and beyond.
Here’s everything you need to know about the fight for the interim WBC lightweight title: