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Ryan Garcia-Luke Campbell Lightweight Title Fight Rescheduled For January 2

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.

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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.

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Comment by Bronx2245 on 11-21-2020

[QUOTE=Sctrojan;20899962]The pandemic, and the lack of live gate revenue due to it,has very little to do with top fighters not stepping in the ring against other top fighters. It's been going on far before that. [B]Unlike fighters of the past,you…

Comment by PunchMeIDareYou on 11-21-2020

[QUOTE=South Champion;20900166]Garcia needs to win this, he's only 22 and he's about to have a second kid with a different woman than the mother of his first child. He's about to be the Dwight Howard of boxing with all the…

Comment by South Champion on 11-21-2020

Garcia needs to win this, he's only 22 and he's about to have a second kid with a different woman than the mother of his first child. He's about to be the Dwight Howard of boxing with all the payment…

Comment by Sctrojan on 11-21-2020

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;20899928]Boxing is not built for fights without fans! Unlike other sports, fighters don't have unions, and they don't have revenue sharing from TV contracts! Hopefully we get a vaccine in early 2021, and things return to form next Spring! Prayers…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 11-21-2020

[QUOTE=BoxingIsGreat;20899914]I'm just frustrated with boxing in general to be honest, sorry. I wanna see some very good fights. Boxing isn't great these days. All the best fighters seem inept. Canelo is trying tho. Callum is legit. Maybe Ryan too in…

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