Is There An Update On Luke Campbell Vs. Ryan Garcia?
While not official, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn is confident that a bout between Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell will happen.
Recently, Garcia (20-0) accepted the World Boxing Council’s order for him to compete for the WBC Lightweight Title. He is now scheduled to face Luke Campbell sometime this year for the interim belt. The winner of that fight would face off against WBC Lightweight Champion Devin Haney. Garcia had a choice between Campbell and the WBO’s pick of Emmanuel Tagoe.
Speaking with ESPN, Hearn stated that a proposal was sent to Golden Boy not long ago, with a counter-proposal sent to him.
“It wasn’t outrageous, but again, it’s challenging at the moment,” said Hearn. “We’ll try and reach a deal this week.”
Garcia has won seven fights since 2018. He won the WBO-NABO and WBC Silver Lightweight Titles against Romero Duno in November via TKO. “KingRy” won his last bout in February, hitting Francisco Fonseca with a devastating knockout punch.
One of the main concerns regarding Garcia is his relationship with Golden Boy and DAZN. Garcia wants both to pay him what he believes he is worth. That has resulted in Garcia requesting Golden Boy to release him from his contract. Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya is looking to work out an agreement with Garcia to salvage their relationship.
The 32-year-old Campbell has fought for lightweight gold twice; he lost to Linares in 2017 for the WBA Lightweight TItle and lost to Vasiliy Lomachenko last August for the WBA, WBO, and WBC Lightweight TItles. Before the Lomachenko loss, Campbell was on a three-fight win streak.
While he waits, Haney may end up facing off against Yuriorkis Gamboa.
The ideal plan would be to get the fight booked soon. According to Hearn and ESPN, if an agreement is not made by both sides, the bout will go to purse bids.