Ryan Garcia was carried into the ring like a boxing king on Saturday night, and he left after proving that his “King Ryan” persona had more behind them than impressive YouTube videos and 7.8 million Instagram followers.
Garcia stopped Luke Campbell with a body shot in the seventh round in front of about 6,000 fans at the American Airlines Center. What made it even more impressive was that Garcia had to recover from a second round knockdown – the first time he was dropped – in order to win the WBC intermediate lightweight title.
The fight was seen as the litmus test for Garcia. Was he just a flashy prospect or was he ready to take the next step to become a legitimate boxing superstar?
The answer was emphatically delivered. Garcia also had Campbell in trouble at the end of the fifth round, but the round ended with Campbell hanging on the ropes.
The win was well received on social media as athletes and entertainment stars paid their respects.
He responded well
– Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) January 2, 2021
This is a big body shot !! #GarciaCampbell
– ShowtimeShawn Porter (@ShowtimeShawnP) January 3, 2021
I’m still learning and developing, but just passed an endurance test with flying colors, got dropped hard for the first time and came back even harder. Very good night to him, but no tank next. #GarciaCampbell
– Michael Conlan (@ mickconlan11) January 3, 2021
I always talk about the correct technique that is not meant to raise arms and elbows to protect the head, which is not necessary. Nobody at home to protect the body. #GarciaLuke #GarciaCampbell pic.twitter.com/gdQiVJCgKP
– Teddy Atlas (@TeddyAtlasReal) January 3, 2021
“I am a man of my word. Let’s go, Tank [Davis]! “
No doubt who Ryan Garcia wants to fight next ✍️ @ESPNRingside
– SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 3, 2021
– Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) January 3, 2021
I knew Ryan Garcia would do the job great
– Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) January 3, 2021
Nice Livershot! Impressive #GarciaCampbell
– GILBERT BRENNT DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) January 3, 2021