American boxer Ryan Garcia has made a startling comeback to defeat British rival Luke Campbell and claim the interim WBC lightweight title.
Garcia was dropped for the first time in his career during the second round of their highly-anticipated bout at Dallas’ American Airlines Center.
But the 22-year-old steadied himself and fought back to secure the title via TKO at the 1:58 mark in the seventh round with a brutal body shot.
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The decisive blow came with an inconspicuous body shot, which sent Campbell crumbling to the floor, spurring the referee to wave his hands and end the contest.
It was a stunning recovering after the second round knockdown, where a vicious left hook sent Garcia to the canvas.
But while Garcia continued his 21-0 record with his 18th KO, DAZN commentator Kate Abdo left the star’s dad Henry just as rocked with a comment that left the boxing world doing a double take.
“Sean Garcia already fought, Ryan Garcia of course the main attaction,” she said.
“You make them pretty, you make them athletic, that’s some good sperm you got there sir.”
Henry awkwardly left as the commetator hit him with the hilarious quip.
Social media labelled it both the “quote of the year” but also “cringy”.
Boxing journalist Dan Rafael tweeted: “It’s only Jan. 2 and @kate_abdo already with the quote of the year!!!!”
Sean also got a win in the open fight of the night with a majority decision over Rene Marquez in a good day for the Garcia family.
But it was all about the main even as Garcia’s recovery confirmed he is the lightweight king.
“Yo, I got dropped. It was crazy!” Garcia yelled after the victory.
“I’ve never been dropped in my life. I got a little too excited about the moment. I wanted to crack him and he cracked me. I had to adjust. I knew I could beat him. I had to show everyone what a warrior is really like.”
Garcia was simply too quick for his 33-year-old opponent, who was saved by the ball in the fifth round when he stumbled into the ropes following a well-directed right uppercut.
“He was very worried about that hook coming,” Garcia said. “He thought I was going up top and I changed direction real quick.
“I think I showed a lot of people who I really am. They wanted to call me a social media star. You aren’t who people tell you who you are, you are who you choose to be.”
Campbell was booed into the ring by the 6000 fans in attendance.
Sports journalist Chris Slater tweeted: “I think the reaction of Garcia and his team tells you everything there. He knew he was in a fight. Great effort from Campbell. Just a shame he couldn‘t get out of the pocket quick enough. Unbelievable punch to finish it.”
Sports reporter Aaron Stokes posted: “Ryan Garcia – very impressive to pick himself up after that 2nd round knockdown and dominate the later rounds of the fight. Incredible body shot to win it.”
Garcia’s unbeaten record extends to 21 professional bouts, with 18 KOs. By claiming the interim title, he becomes the mandatory challenger to WBC champion Devin Haney.
FULL CARD RESULTS
Ryan Garcia defeated Luke Campbell via TKO (R7)
Roger Gutierrez defeated Rene Alvarado via unanimous decision (113-112 x3)
Felix Alvarado defeated DeeJay Kriel via TKO (R10)
Raul Curiel defeated Ramses Agaton via TKO (R2)
Sean Garcia defeated Rene Marquez via majority decision (38-38, 39-37 x2)