Luke Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) who is scheduled to fight Ryan Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) on December 5th is now delayed. Campbell’s promoter Eddie Hearn recently tweeted the news. Although both promoters are still looking for a newer date and will not replace the fight itself.
Unfortunately @luke11campbell tested positive for Covid 19. He has completed isolation and resumes training shortly but will not be fit for Dec 5. We are working on a new date with @GoldenBoyBoxing and @DAZNBoxing and only anticipate a very short delay to this great fight.
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) November 10, 2020
The betting odds as of now have Garcia as the favorite while Campbell is a slight underdog. Campbell is coming off a loss against Vasyl Lomachenko back in August of 2019. The fight with Lomachenko was for the RING, WBC, WBA, and WBO lightweight titles. Although Campbell had early success in the early rounds, the English boxer fell short and lost via unanimous decision. Although there is no shame in losing to arguably the top pound for pound fighter, Campbell is looking to switch to the winning column. His opponent who is Ryan Garcia is an undefeated rising star who is one of the famous prodigies right now. Ryan Garcia is coming off a back to back 1st round win against Romero Duno and Francisco Fonseca respectively. Garcia is known to have one of the fastest hands in boxing today and has proven to have a lightning left hook that knocks people out. Although Garcia has not won any major titles, if he wins this fight he might have a major title fight as his next fight. Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis, and Teofimo Lopez are the potential next opponents if he wins his fight.
With Canelo opting out of his contract, Golden Boy Promotions are looking for another star, that person might be Ryan Garcia. He has all the tools to become the face of boxing. Ryan Garcia currently has 7.5m followers on Instagram, making him a draw to even casual fans. In order for him to elevate to the next level, he obviously needs to win and take up bigger fights. While the welterweight division is the most stacked division in boxing, most boxers in the lightweight division are young lions who might take over boxing in the next 5 years. The huge upset with Lomachenko losing against Teofimo Lopez changed the landscape of the division, it shows that the young stars would take over boxing eventually.
The good news so far is that according to sources, Golden Boy Promoter Oscar De La Hoya that the scheduled fight might take place on December 19 instead. Campbell was already 10 days into quarantine when they heard the news of him being positive. Hopefully, that fight happens at the end of the year.
Just caught up with @OscarDeLaHoya, who tells @TheAthletic the rescheduled @KingRyanG vs. @luke11campbell fight will “most likely” take place Dec. 19 on DAZN. Oscar said Campbell was already 10 days into quarantine when they were notified about his COVID diagnosis. Great matchup
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) November 11, 2020