Ryan Garcia To Fight Luke Campbell As Part of WBC Lightweight Tournament
The wheels have been turning fast and furious for world Lightweight contender Ryan “KingRy” Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs). First a July 1 order from the WBC stating he will face Luke Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) for the WBC “Interim” title. Then a similar order came down from WBO on July 6 declaring that Garcia would fight Emmanuel Tagoe in their version of an eliminator.
The 21 year-old was left with two options on the table. He can fight Campbell for the right to face WBC champion Devin Haney (24-0, 15 KOs). Alternatively, he can face Tagoe with the option of fighting the winner of, Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez.
WHAT TO DO, WHAT TO DO?
After weighing their options, It looks like “KingRy” has made a decision. According to a tweet from WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, Golden Boy Promotions has confirmed Garcia has opted to face Campbell.
Apparently, this fight will be part of a Lightweight tournament proposed by the WBC. Here are how things break down.
Lomachenko, the current WBC “Franchise” and unified champion will face IBF champion, Teofimo Lopez, in September.
Haney will make a voluntary defense against an opponent to be named followed by the two mandatory defenses of his WBC title.
Jorge Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) and Javier Fortuna (35-2-1, 24 KOs) will meet on August 28. Then of course, Campbell and Garcia will lock horns on a TBD date.
Stay tuned to 3kingsboxing.com for more information regarding this mouth-watering tournament!
By: Michael Wilson Jr.