Luke Campbell Explains Why He Wasn’t Aggressive After Knocking Ryan Garcia Down

Luke Campbell has explained why he wasn’t more aggressive after knocking Ryan Garcia down.

Campbell took on Garcia for the interim WBC Lightweight Title on January 2. Campbell scored a knockdown in the second round but that ended up proving to be his final great moment in the fight. Garcia wasn’t fazed and continued to put pressure on Campbell. In the seventh round, Garcia knocked Campbell out with a body shot.

Speaking to iFL TV, Campbell discussed why he didn’t jump on Garcia after knocking him down in the second stanza (via

“When he got back up (from the knockdown) he seemed to recover straight away. I wanted to go in and get the job done with but he was back. You know when someone isn’t all there with it, but he was back and if I rushed in there I was going to get caught on the way in. So I thought I would continue to pick my shots up instead of winging in and getting caught myself.”

“He instantly recovered from it. You get up and (usually) you’re on shaky legs and still not with it. I just thought oh his legs seem to be back, so I thought if I go in there, rushing, I’ll get hit myself. So i just thought, picking nice shots and we’ll catch him again.”

With the loss, Campbell may have taken a significant step back as far as his world title aspirations are concerned. Campbell had already been unsuccessful against Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jorge Linares.

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