Ryan Garcia has commented on his seventh-round knockout win over Luke Campbell.
Garcia shared the ring with Campbell in the main event of a bout promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. The bout was contested for the interim WBC Lightweight Championship. “KingRy’s” unbeaten record was also at stake.
Garcia had to battle through adversity after he was dropped by a flush punch to the jaw in round two. The knockdown didn’t faze Garcia as he kept putting the pressure on Campbell and was winning rounds. In the seventh round, Garcia connected with a body shot that crumbled his opponent. Campbell couldn’t beat the 10-count and “KingRy” was awarded the interim WBC Lightweight Championship.
After the fight, Garcia spoke on his showing against Campbell (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“My performance definitely showed a lot of people who I really am. Going into this fight I wanted to show people that you are not what people call you. You are what you choose to be. I chose to be a champion tonight. I didn’t let anything stop me from being a champion tonight. Even when he dropped me, I knew that couldn’t stop me from being champion.”
Garcia has called for a showdown with WBA (Regular) Lightweight Champion Gervonta Davis. If he can’t get that fight, then “KingRy” says he’s open to fighting Devin Haney, who holds the WBC gold. Garcia has said that he feels a win over Davis would elevate him to superstar status.