DALLAS—A much less skilled promoter would’ve watched their life flash before their eyes after witnessing hit the deck the manner Ryan Garcia did in his latest crossroads bout.
Oscar de la Hoya had flashbacks witnessing the second in precise time, even though not in a bad approach—in reality, drawing event from his own hall of reputation-led career in last assured that Garcia would prevail. The 22-year old would do exactly that, getting better from a 2nd round knockdown to drop and prevent England’s Luke Campbell within the seventh circular of their interim lightweight title fight Saturday night at American airways middle in Dallas, Texas.
“Ryan did what each tremendous champion does—he got correct returned up and closed the demonstrate,” de la Hoya advised BoxingScene.com. “i used to be down a number of instances at the same element in my career as Ryan is at now in his career. similar to he did (on Saturday nighttime), I obtained up in these fights and got here returned to win.
“looking at Ryan get dropped, surely you get a bit worried. The proven fact that he acquired up appropriate away and accomplished the way he did—he grew to become a man in the ring at that very moment.”
Garcia had on no account been down just before Saturday evening, and actually has been tearing through competitors. The rising younger celebrity from Victorville, California had fought just 9 total minutes of ring time in his past three begins over the ultimate two years previous to meeting Campbell, who has been down before however never stopped in 23 old starts.
That changed by way of nighttime’s conclusion for Campbell, though now not happening and not using a combat. a wonderfully positioned overhand left by the 2012 Olympic Gold medalist and former two-time title challenger sent Garcia to the canvas midway via round two and the pro-Garcia crowd into a brief state of concern.
“the way he was able to stand up, we knew it changed into a flash knockdown,” insists De La Hoya. “nevertheless it changed into a scary flash knockdown! It became a vicious (left hand), a very vicious shot. I don’t feel many combatants can rise up from that.”
Garcia (21-0, 18KOs) did just that, while also conducting what Jorge Linares and Vasiliy Lomachenko earlier than him failed to do whereas they reigned as light-weight titlists—put away Campbell keep away from the scorecards. With the win—Garcia’s fifth straight knockout_comes the category of statement making performance that de la Hoya and the Golden Boy Promotions group vital to witness firsthand before pushing forward with fights versus the elite lightweights.
“That’s all there is to it. He became a man (on Saturday night),” insists de la Hoya. “He essential this combat for validation. He vital this combat to show to the boxing world that he belongs with the elite
“He passed with flying colours (on Saturday nighttime). It changed into an A+ performance as far as we’re worried.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox