Oscar De La Hoya believes Ryan Garcia shined facing his toughest opponent to date.
Garcia is now one step closer to winning a major world title without the interim tag. He captured the interim WBC Lightweight Championship by knocking out Luke Campbell in the seventh round. The victory didn’t come without an early scare, however.
In the second round, Campbell caught Garcia with a punch clean on the jaw. This was the first knockdown of Garcia’s pro boxing career. “KingRy” wasn’t fazed, however, as he got back up and continued to put pressure on his opponent. In the seventh round, Garcia dropped Campbell with a body shot. Campbell failed to beat the 10-count.
De La Hoya, the promoter of Garcia under Golden Boy Promotions, spoke to Fight Hub TV after the fight and had the following reaction (h/t Bad Left Hook).
“Obviously you get a little worried, but the fact that he got up right away — I mean, it was like a flash knockdown, right? But it was a scary flash knockdown. And he became a man, that’s all there is to it. He became a man tonight. He needed this fight for validation. He needed this fight to prove to the boxing world that he belongs in there, and he passed with flying colors.
“He did what every great champion does, get right back up. Especially from a really vicious right hook, it was a vicious right hook.”
Garcia has called for a showdown with WBA (Regular) Lightweight Champion Gervonta Davis. The WBC, however, is expected to order WBC Lightweight Champion Devin Haney vs. Garcia.