The WBC's 58th annual convention was held virtually this week because of the on going COVID-19 pandemic. Several fighters were made available to the media via virtual Q&A sessions including rising lightweight star Ryan Garcia, who was joined by Golden Boy matchmaker Robert Garcia.
It was announced earlier today that an agreement had been reached for Garcia to face Luke Campbell for the interim WBC lightweight title. With the announcement, the purse bid that had been ordered by the sanctioning body was called off.
Diaz said that he believes that this is the perfect time for Garcia to face a fighter the caliber of Campbell.
"There is no doubt in my mind of Ryan's potential. Now is the time. His body has filled in now. He is hungry and he is wanting and wanting for the right reasons. He wants to show the world that he is the best and we have talked about this, no matter who he beats, no matter what happens, there still is going to be part of the world criticizing and this and that but that is just part of life and part of boxing and it just means you are at the top," said Diaz.
Garcia is very confident that he will not only win the fight but win the fight going away. Campbell, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, lost a split decision to former three-division champion Jorge Linares and also gave top 3 pound-for-pound star Vasilily Lomachenko a tough fight last year.
"This should show people that I am not all talk. I want the good guys at lightweight. All of these other fighters are talking a lot but I see who they are fighting and they are not fighting anybody like I am going to do against Luke Campbell. Look at the facts, I am going to fight Luke Campbell and I want to show the people that I will beat him and relatively easy," Garcia stated.
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