The Ryan Garcia-Luke Campbell fight hasn’t been pushed back all that long.
Golden Boy Promotions and Matchroom Boxing jointly announced Friday that the interim lightweight title bout between Garcia and Campbell has been rescheduled for January 2 at a location to be determined. Those two 135-pound contenders initially were scheduled to meet December 5 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, but Campbell contracted COVID-19, needed time off from training and withdrew from that date.
DAZN will stream Garcia-Campbell as the main event of a card that was officially postponed November 10 due to Campbell’s illness.
They’ll fight for the WBC interim lightweight championship. The winner will move into prime position to battle WBC world champion Devin Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) in his following fight.
Campbell is ranked third among the WBC’s lightweight contenders, one spot above Garcia.
The 22-year-old Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs), of Victorville, California, will take a step up in competition when he encounters Campbell. The 33-year-old Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs), a southpaw from Hull, England, has lost only to former unified lightweight champions Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) and Jorge Linares (47-5, 29 KOs), as well as Yvan Mendy (45-5-1, 22 KOs, 1 NC).
Campbell, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, avenged his 12-round, split-decision defeat to France’s Mendy in December 2015 by winning a 12-round unanimous decision in their rematch in September 2018.
He’ll end the longest layoff of his career when he squares off against Garcia. Campbell has not fought since he lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Ukraine’s Lomachenko in their fight for the then-vacant WBC world lightweight crown in August 2019 at O2 Arena in London.
Garcia most recently fought February 14, when he knocked out Costa Rica’s Francisco Fonseca in the first round at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The emerging Garcia has scored back-to-back first-round knockouts of the Philippines’ Romero Duno (22-2, 17 KOs) and Fonseca (27-3-2, 21 KOs).
Campbell has not been knocked out in seven years as a pro.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.