Stadium: American Airlines Center, Texas
Luke Campbell’s hopes of finally becoming a world champion in the pro ranks are expected to be quashed by rising star Ryan Garcia in Texas this weekend.
Olympic gold medal winner Campbell has twice come up short at the highest level and now takes on a precocious talent being tipped to become a box-office star.
We’re taking 9/10 for King Ry to become the first boxer to beat the Hull fighter inside the distance for our first Ryan Garcia vs Luke Campbell prediction.
A Look At Ryan Garcia’s Betting Odds
American prospect Garcia was a gifted amateur himself, winning multiple national titles in amassing an impressive 215-15 record.
The 22-year-old has been carefully guided to 20 straight victories as a pro, with 17 of those coming by knockout or stoppage.
This represents a big step up in class, but King Ry could not have been more impressive in claiming first-round defeats of Romero Duno and Francisco Fonseca in his last two bouts.
Both had respectable records, but Garcia blew them away in WBC silver lightweight title contests.
“I feel bad for Luke,” Garcia said. “He’s just the next one of my opponents that’s going to get it bad.
“I’m stronger and coming into myself. I already felt I was coming into myself for the Fonseca fight. I was on a roll and ready to take over.
“I cannot wait to punish Luke Campbell. I want to break his bones. I want to break everything off of him.”
Garcia’s good looks and incredible hand speed have helped him build up a huge social media following and Golden Boy Promotions chief Oscar de la Hoya has claimed he will become the most popular boxer on the planet.
There may be some early caution in his biggest fight to date, but the Californian can justify the hype by overwhelming Campbell in the second half of the contest.
Looking at the Ryan Garcia vs Luke Campbell odds, we like 5/2 for King Ry to get the job done between rounds seven and 12.
A Look At Luke Campbell’s Betting Odds
Campbell’s glittering amateur career culminated in glory at the 2012 London Olympics but he has suffered frustration as a pro.
The Yorkshireman recovered from a narrow loss to Yvan Mendy to secure a first world title shot in September 2013 but was beaten on a split decision by Jorge Linares.
After getting back on track with three low-key victories, Campbell was outclassed and emphatically outpointed by the excellent Vasyl Lomachenko in August 2019.
While there was no disgrace in those defeats, it is now asking a lot for him to rally again at the age of 33, after 16 months out of the ring.
A delay to the original December date for this contest due to Campbell testing positive for coronavirus only adds to the concerns.
Reflecting on Garcia’s bold pre-fight statements, Campbell questioned his opponent’s lack of experience and unproven durability.
“When the bell goes, there are just two of you in there and it comes down to what you’ve got,” he told BBC Sport. “I really do believe you will see the best of me…I see him getting knocked out.”
Everything is stacked up against the underdog here, though, and we’re adding 7/1 for him to be stopped in round seven or eight to our Ryan Garcia vs Luke Campbell betting tips.
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