Boxing kicks off its 2021 schedule with a really good 12-round main event on DAZN.
Ryan Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) is getting the biggest step up in competition of his career, as the 22-year-old sensation battles two-time title challenger and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) for the right to take on Devin Haney for the WBC lightweight title.
Garcia has been christened by Golden Boy Promotions as boxing’s next big superstar. Will he be one? Well first thing he needs to do is get an impressive win over a world-class opponent, of which Campbell qualifies as one. Campbell is coming off a spirited but clear decision loss to Vasiliy Lomachenko.
It should be a fun scrap that will tell us a lot about both fighters. In fact the undercard is quite good as it includes Rene Alvarado defending his secondary WBA 130 lbs title against Roger Gutierrez, while brother Felix Alvarado puts his junior flyweight title at stake versus DeeJay Kriel in what could be the best fight of the night.
How to Watch, Start Time
Main card action on DAZN begins at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT to accommodate the UK audience, even though it’ll be at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The main event has an estimated 6 PM ET/3 PM PT start time, so who doesn’t like Saturday afternoon/early evening combat sports in their life? DAZN is the only way to watch this event legally, and the streaming service is available around the world. Just check your local settings for monthly subscription costs.
Here’s the full lineup. We will have play-by-play, results, and highlights for the main event:
Ryan Garcia vs Luke Campbell
Round 1 – Early jab by Garcia. He throws a right hand that misses. Campbell with a counter left. Quick right hand by Garcia. Campbell gets away from the corner and lands a body shot. Scores with another one from his southpaw stance before Garcia jabs him in the stomach. Straight right hand gets Campbell briefly off balance but not down. Quick 1-2 by Garcia who looks sharp early on. Right hook by Campbell. They nearly clash heads in an exchange. Left hook by Garcia is blocked. Borderline body shot by Campbell. Big left by Campbell clocks Garcia cleanly. Body shot late by Campbell to end the round. 10-9 Garcia.
Round 2 – Nice body shot by Campbell. Garcia with the body jab. Straight right gets through upstairs for Garcia. Garcia on the attack with Campbell against the ropes. Campbell doing well to block most of these shots but he is at a clear speed disadvantage. Campbell drops Garcia with a massive left hand! That rocked him bad! He beats the count. Campbell missing on the left. Looks like Garcia has recovered well enough and he digs in with a left hook to the body. A 1-2 by Garcia and I think that body shot backed Campbell up. It’s a Campbell round thought! 19-18 Campbell.
Round 3 – Garcia trying to work the 1-2 but can’t land anything cleanly. Right hand scores for Garcia, who continues to pressure. A 1-2 lands this time for Garcia after Campbell misfired on a looping left. Countershot connects upstairs for Campbell but he absorbs a liver shot from Garcia. Garcia teeing off with big shots and maybe getting a little too wild. Nice left by Campbell. Devastating body shots from Garcia. That may prove pivotal in the later rounds. 28-28.
Round 4 – Nice exchange in close quarters with Campbell getting in the better shots. Three-punch combo by Garcia but Campbell feels no effects at all. Low blow by Campbell and he’s warned. Left hook by Garcia followed by a body shot by Campbell. Double body shot by Campbell and then Garcia retaliates with a right hand. Another straight right by Garcia. Campbell with the left upstairs. Left hook clubs and misses by Garcia. Sharp left by Campbell snaps Garcia’s head back. Slip-and-rip by Campbell to the body. This is a great fight thus far! 38-37 Campbell.
Round 5 – Campbell working behind the jab and Garcia gets walloped with another counterpunch as he was coming in on the Englishman. Campbell unable to land the right hook. Vicious body shot and a 1-2 by Garcia. Body shot again by Campbell and now Garcia admonished for hitting low. Power shots by Campbell but mostly blocked. Left to the chest and a right to the top of the head by Campbell. Good right hand by Garcia but back comes Campbell with a left hand. Double left hand by Campbell. Big combo by Garcia! Smooth and his best attack of the fight. And Campbell gets rocked just as the round ends! 47-47.
Round 6 – Big onslaught by Garcia but is he getting too sloppy? Campbell is surviving and Garcia finally calms down after a lot of wild, bad punches. Sweet right cross by Campbell gets Garcia backpedaling. Right-left combo by Garcia. A 1-2 by Garciabut a hard left by Campbell. Right hook by Campbell partially lands. Straight right by Garcia but Campbell scores with a body shot. Check hook and a right hand and an uppercut by Garcia. Campbell with two solid shots on Garcia’s jaw though! Lovely body shot by Garcia to cap off a thrilling first-half of the fight. 57-56 Garcia.
Round 7 – Stinging jab by Campbell to open the seventh. Straight right by Garcia and then a near clash of heads. Left hook over the top by Garcia. Body shot by Ryan. Counter hook by Campbell just off target. Liver shot by Garcia and Campbell is down!!! Will he get up?! HE DOES NOT!!!! RYAN GARCIA BY BODY SHOT KNOCKOUT!
Official result: Ryan Garcia def. Luke Campbell by TKO, 1:58 of round 7
Main Card (3 PM ET, DAZN)
- Roger Gutierrez def. Rene Alvarado by unanimous decision (113-112 x3) to win the WBA “world” super-featherweight title
- Felix Alvarado def. DeeJay Kriel by TKO at 1:39 of round 10 to defend the IBF junior flyweight title
- Raul Curiel def. Ramses Agaton by TKO, 1:17 of round 2
- Sean Garcia def. Rene Marquez by majority decision (38-38, 39-37, 39-37)
- Tristan Kalkreuth vs Jorge Martinez
- Asa Stevens vs Francisco Bonilla
- Alex Rincon vs Sergio Gonzalez
- Franchon Crews-Dezurn vs Ashleigh Curry
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