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McKenna: I Think Luke Campbell Will Stop Ryan Garcia

Unbeaten prospect Stevie McKenna believes Olympic gold medal winner Luke Campbell will defeat rising star Ryan Garcia.

The World Boxing Council has ordered Campbell and Garcia to face each other for the vacant WBC interim-lightweight title. The negotiations have continued to play out, with both sides pushing to have the contest take place in 2020.

McKenna has been a sparring partner in the past with both boxers.

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Based on his spar experiences with both men, he says Garcia is not a big fan of pressure.

"It was a great spar, [Garcia is] very fast," McKenna told Sky Sports.

"He's sharp, but I did four good rounds and I laid it into him. It was good work. It's a fight I would also like down the line. He didn't want any more, put it that way. He found it hard to handle my pressure. I'm a very come-forward, aggressive fighter and it was different for him."

McKenna, who has a 40-0 record with all of his wins coming by knockout, is backing Campbell to not only beat Garcia but to win by knockout.

"Right now I would take it [Garcia fight], so I would," McKenna said. "Luke is looking really sharp. I think Luke would win by stoppage. He's [Garcia] at the stage in his career where he's 20-0, he has to take these fights, if he wants to make it to the top. It will be an interesting fight to say the least."

Campbell has a clear edge in experience. He suffered competitive decision losses to Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jorge Linares, and feels confident in his ability to overcome the younger Garcia.

"He is a big name, he draws a lot of attention. He looks like he carries power and he has speed. We'll soon find out, won't we?," Campbell said.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by davef on 08-04-2020

lol 40 wins and 40 ko's had me going then like wtf who!?

Comment by Slimjoe on 08-03-2020

Lol, the writer got me on this one. 40-0 fighter from Europe and I don't know him.

Comment by NC Uppercut on 08-03-2020

[QUOTE=Marvlus Marv;20688015]Yep, you got me with the 40 W and 40 KOs. I went over to Boxrec to see who this monster is... :eek:[/QUOTE] Marv I'm not gonna lie, I was headed over to boxrec too!

Comment by angkag on 08-03-2020

[QUOTE=rudy;20688034]Campbell has not stopped anybody of note it is a good fight and Garcia is the one who can retire Campbell who really has flopped as a gold medalist and too old now[/QUOTE] To be fair, while Campbell hasn't stopped…

Comment by jackblack008 on 08-03-2020

Yes .most definitely. Ryan has nothing better than what Campbell can do. Unless they bring out some Canelo like dehydration clause etc.

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