The boxing year 2021 is here and we all hope it will be a great year with several top-notch fights. The very first bout for a World Champion title will be on 2 January when Luke Campbell will fight against Ryan Garcia in the lightweight division. In a recent interview Luke Campbell has confirmed that he is ready to finally wear the WBC belt.
Luke Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) is about to make his return to the ring. The British boxer, winner of the Olympic gold medal at the London Olympics, will return to fight next January 2, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas (USA), against Ryan Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs). The bout will count for the WBC Interim Lightweight title.
The fight was originally scheduled for December 5th at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, but was postponed when Luke Campbell tested positive to Covid-19. Campbell’s last fight dates back to August 31st 2019. On that occasion, the British boxer was defeated by unanimous decision against the Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs). The 33-year-old Englishman, Campbell left the United Kingdom well in advance to commence his US training camp, leaving his wife and children alone for the Christmas season. Recently, Campbell addressed several questions from journalists asking about his training camp and the feelings of the fight against Garcia. Campbell commented that he is ready, and he does not want to miss another chance of winning a world champion belt. He does not look too interested in missing the Christmas season despite leaving the family alone during this period it is a “big sacrifice”.
Luke Campbell went on commenting that 2020 has been “a frustrating year in every way” since both the two fights scheduled for him in 2020 have been cancelled (first the cancelled match against Javier Fortuna, then the postponed one with Ryan Garcia). However, according to Campbell, we need to focus on the positivity of those events. In fact, this also means that Campbell went through two training camps this year (plus the current one, makes three in total) and so he confirmed not only to be in “great shape” but also he mentioned that he is ready to “start the new year in style!”.
Luke Campbell, against our predictions, is given to be an underdog by bookmakers, despite more experience both in terms of age and on the square, including his experience accrued in the amateurs. Nonetheless, the Yorkshire-born southpaw is highly motivated to turn his career around for good.