Garcia-Campbell on for Jan. 2 after COVID delay


A date has been finalized for the rescheduled vacant WBC title bout between Ryan Garcia vs. Luke Campbell and the two will fight on Saturday, Jan. 2, DAZN announced Friday.

Garcia and Campbell were scheduled to fight on Dec. 5 in Los Angeles, but the fight was postponed after Campbell tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 10.

“My mindset going into this fight hasn’t changed, and my training hasn’t stopped,” Garcia said. “I’m excited we have a new date and can finally bring this to the fans. I’m here, and I’m ready to ring in the new year with a victory … let’s go!” Campbell, who has resumed training back in England, doesn’t seem too concerned about the short delay. “New date, new year, same result,” said Campbell. “I’m fully back in training and have never felt better. What a way to start 2021 this is going to be with a clinical Luke Campbell win.”

Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) hasn’t fought since a first-round KO victory over Francisco Fonseca in February. Garcia, 22, trains with Eddy Reynoso, who also trains middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, junior lightweight contender Oscar Valdez and former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr.

Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs), 33, lost a unanimous decision challenging then lightweight unified champion Vasiliy Lomachenko in August 2019.

Devin Haney is the WBC lightweight titlist and Teofimo Lopez Jr. is the WBC “franchise” champion.

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