Boxing has another exciting lightweight bout to look forward too. Ryan ‘Kingry’ Garcia and Luke Campbell have agreed to an interim title fight. Both Garcia’s and Campbell’s promoters will have until the end of July to agree to the deal’s terms. The winner of the match will earn a title fight against WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney.
Unfortunately, this does not leave Devin Haney with attractive potential options. Haney had previously campaigned heavily for a fight against Garcia. Now, with an immediate match against ‘Kingry’ unlikely, he will have to set hissights against other top opponents. He has expressed interest in fights with Adrien Broner or Mikey Garcia which would make for exciting match-ups.
The undefeated prodigy ‘Kingry’ (20-0, 17KOs) is promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. He is a fan favorite, and has all the ingredients of a complete star in the making. The decision to put Garcia against a seasoned Olympic god medalist in Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) will prove to be genius or calamitous as this fight represents a steep increase in competition. There is a reason why boxing stars are groomed slowly. Small advances up the ladder, represent massive jumps in quality of the opponent.
Campbell recently fought against Ukrainian sensation, Vasyl Lomachenko. Though Campbell ultimately lost via unanimous decision, he still performed well throughout most of the fight. This level of opponent is in stark contrast to Garcia’s last opponent, Francisoc Fonseca. Nevertheless, this should prove to be an exciting fight.
Garcia has been the subject of several call outs from MMA fighters as of late. Both Dillon Danis and Henry Cejudo have both expressed the desire to fight Garcia in a ring.