An interim WBC Lightweight Championship bout between Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell has been confirmed for December 5, 2020.
SkySports broke the news earlier today of this epic lightweight title clash.
Campbell is coming off his title shot defeat to Vasyl Lomachenko, where he competed for the undisputed WBC Lightweight Championship, along with the WBO, The Ring, and WBA lightweight titles.
He of course lost that fight, but now he gears up to take on one of the hottest boxing prospects in the world, Ryan Garcia for the interim title.
Whoever wins this fight will most likely face Devin Haney for the undisputed WBC lightweight title, should Haney defeat Yuriorkis Gamboa in his upcoming title defense.
If the winner of this bout doesn’t end up facing the winner of the upcoming undisputed WBC championship bout, they’ll most likely face the winner of Vasyl Lomachenko versus Teofimo Lopez, where Lomachenko is defending his WBA, WBO, and The Ring titles, and Lopez is defending his IBF title.
Chances are, the winner of this bout faces one of those two winners for a big lightweight title fight.
Garcia is much younger than his adversary at just 22-years-old, while Campbell is 33-years-old, that makes things interesting. Most boxers come into their prime in their early to mid-thirties, while Garcia is already better than most that are that age.
They each had very long, very successful amateur careers as well. Garcia went 215-15 as an amateur, becoming a 15-time amateur National Champion. Campbell went 153-24 as an amateur, capturing an Olympic gold medal, and a World Championships silver medal.
Since turning professional, Garcia has gone a perfect 20-0 with 17 knockouts, while Campbell has gone 20-3 with 16 knockouts.
There’s no doubt Garcia has had the more successful career thus far, but he’s going up against an opponent who’s fought someone like Lomachenko, and someone who went to the Olympics and won.
Their frames are nearly identical, with Garcia standing 5’10”, boasting a 70” reach, and Campbell stands 5’9” with a 71” reach. This is going to be a technical chess match throughout.
Who do you see winning this epic lightweight title bout?