Weeks after finally securing a fight date, the interim lightweight title fight between Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell officially has a home.
The December 5 crossroads bout between current perennial Top 10 contenders will stream live on DAZN from Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. The location has served as fight headquarters for Golden Boy Promotions post-pandemic, with the team on site for the official announcement during Thursday’s pre-fight weigh-in for Friday’s middleweight clash between Jaime Munguia and Tureano Johnson.
Garcia (20-0, 17KOs) will fight at the intimate, fan-friendly venue for the third time in his young career. The last such occasion came last March, scoring a 3rd round knockout of Jose Lopez. The 22-year old lightweight—who is trained by Eddy Reynoso—has since added a pair of explosive 1st round knockout wins over ledger, blasting out Romero Duno in 98 seconds last November in Las Vegas and taking out Francisco Fonseca in just 80 seconds this past Valentine’s Day in front of a sold-out crowd at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Campbell (20-3, 16KOs) makes his first appearance at the venue and just third overall in California. The 2012 Olympic Gold medalist from Hull, England traveled abroad for the first time in a tune-up level knockout win in August 2014. His next trip resulted in a narrow split decision defeat to then lightweight titlist Jorge Linares in their thrilling September 2017 clash at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Three wins followed for Campbell before coming up short in his three-belt title bid versus then-unified titlist Vasiliy Lomachenko last August in London.
The winner of the bout will own an interim version of the lightweight title currently held by Devin Haney (24-0, 15KOs), all of whom will remain in pursuit of recently crowned lineal 135-pound champion Teofimo Lopez.
A decision as to whether fans and media will be permitted to attend the December 5 show will be revealed by Golden Boy in the coming days.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox