The start of the new year opens with an interesting clash between the much hyped Ryan Garcia and Olympic gold medallist and recent title challenger Luke Campbell.
The delayed bout takes place on Saturday 2nd January after the original bout fell due to Campbell testing positive for Coronavirus in December.
The experienced Campbell offers Garcia (20-0, 17KO) his first real challenge and if ‘The Flash’ can beat the 33-year-old Englishman then he would be in title contention. The bout is for the WBC interim lightweight belt.
Campbell (20-3, 16KO) last fought in August 2019 when he was beaten comfortably by Vasiliy Lomachenko by unanimous decision but has been involved with a higher calibre of opponents. The Hull born southpaw knows a win over the younger Californian will open the door for a third opportunity at a world title.
Garcia’s has fought this year when he beat Francisco Fonseca in February by first round knock out. The Golden Boy promoted fighter has had a lot of hype since turning pro four years ago and now is the time to show he is ready for the step up to World level.
Also on the card at the American Airlines Centre in Dallas, Texas is the Alvarado brothers both in title fights.
Rene Alvarado (32-8) defends his WBA regular super featherweight belt against Roger Gutierrez (24-3-1) for the first time since he destroyed Andrew Cancio in November 2019. Alvarado is on an 8 fight win streak and has beaten his opponent in the past. Gutierrez is on a 5 fight win streak, his last victory was an unanimous decision over Andres Tapia in December 2019.
Felix Alvarado (35-2) defends his IBF light flyweight title when he faces DeeJay Kriel (16-1-1). This will be the Nicaraguan’s third defence, his last fight took place in May 2019 when he beat Reya Konishi by unanimous decision. Alvarado is on a 17 fight win streak, his last loss came back in 2014. The South African, Kriel, has only suffered defeat on his pro debut with one loss sandwichiched between a host of victories. He won by first round knock out last time out, beating Jesus Fernando Aguilera in November 2019.
Also on the card are:
- Franchion Crews Dezurn vs. Ashleigh Curry
- Sean Garcia v. Rene Marquez
The card will be streamed worldwide on DAZN, with a favourable start time for those in the UK of 11pm for Campbell v Garcia. DAZN can be purchased for £1.99 a month in the UK.