Ryan Garcia stops Luke Campbell after surviving knockdown in Dallas


Garcia’s team raced into the ring to lift him when Campbell could not beat the count

Luke Campbell’s hopes of another world title shot suffered a severe blow as Ryan Garcia rose from the canvas to land a superb stoppage in Dallas.

In a gripping lightweight fight, Briton Campbell landed a left hook in round two to floor Mexican-American Garcia.

Some asked how the much-hyped Garcia might respond to adversity and while he fought on emotion, he found answers.

Campbell survived a tough attack in the fifth, but a well-placed body shot ended the contest two rounds later.

“You taught me a lot,” Garcia, 22, told 33-year-old Campbell as the opponents embraced in the beaten man’s corner at the American Airlines Center.

The jubilant reaction from Garcia’s team – including gym-mate Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez – hinted at relief, but unquestionably emphasised the statement they knew their man had made.

Luke Campbell knocks Ryan Garcia down
Campbell floored Garcia in round two

In beating a fighter of Campbell’s pedigree – and by rising from the canvas to do so – this win served up plenty of answers about Garcia, whose social media following led him to be identified as the world’s 12th most marketable athleteexternal-link in October.

“I think I showed a lot of people who I really am. I showed today I am special,” he told DAZN.

“They wanted to show me as a social media fighter. Anybody who puts you down, remember you’re not who people tell you who you are – you are who you choose to be. I chose to be a champion tonight.

“He caught me, I was like, ‘I got dropped, this is crazy’. I’ve never been dropped in my life. I had to adjust. I knew I could beat him, I just had to get back up.”

Garcia is the first man to beat Campbell by stoppage. Shortly after the fight Campbell told Garcia in his dressing room that he punched harder than anyone he had ever faced. The London 2012 Olympic gold medallist then told his Twitter followers that Garcia has a “massive future ahead”.

This stoppage win will add to the kind of hype that has led some American broadcasters to suggest Garcia’s star status could bring new fans to the sport in the years to come.

The 1-3 bookmakers’ favourite was carried to the ring on a throne while Campbell waited in the ring in Texas.

But within two rounds a heavy left hook put Garcia on his back and it is to his credit he got up, took the fight to his rival and won rounds in the aftermath.

Ryan Garcia and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez
Garcia celebrated with four-weight world champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who works under the same trainer

Garcia had only twice gone past round four, and his last two bouts had lasted less than 180 seconds in total. He carried a fizz in his punches throughout and a left hook-right hand combination in the fifth rocked Campbell and sent him into the ropes as the bell sounded.

In a contest that ebbed and flowed, Campbell found some poise after a relentless attack from Garcia when the action resumed at the start of the sixth.

But a round later, Campbell braced for an attack to his head only for Garcia to beautifully drive a left hand to the body that left him on all fours.

Garcia’s team raced into the ring, lifted their man and placed a crown on his head.

His 21st win in as many fights could earn him a world title shot next, or his preferred bout with American Gervonta Davis.

For now, it has justified the hype and underlined his threat. After the fourth loss of his career, Campbell will need to regroup if he is to attempt to win a world title for the third time.

Luke Campbell, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Ryan Garcia
Campbell tweeted this image of him with Alvarez and Garcia moments after his defeat in Dallas

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Ryan Garcia stops Luke Campbell after early knockdown to become WBC interim lightweight champion


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yan Garcia fought back from an early knockdown to stop Britain’s Luke Campbell and claim the vacant WBC interim lightweight title in Dallas.

Highly-rated American Garcia was floored for the first time in his 21-fight career with around 90 seconds remaining in the second round of Saturday night’s eagerly-anticipated clash at the American Airlines Center after being caught flush by a huge left hand.

However, the 22-year-old showed tremendous resilience to recover from that unfamiliar setback and provide a timely reminder of his own formidable power as he went on to seal an impressive seventh-round stoppage.

It was a thunderous left-handed shot under the ribs that eventually did for Campbell and sent the 2012 Olympic gold medalist sinking to his knees – a punch reminiscent of the great Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who was at ringside and celebrated with training partner Garcia after his victory.

The undefeated Garcia is now the mandatory challenger for Devin Haney’s WBC lightweight crown, though there will also be increasing clamour for ‘The Flash’ to fight Gervonta Davis next.

“Devin Haney’s going to be that opponent, of course I want to fight him,” Garcia told DAZN after his victory over Campbell, with Haney also in the crowd.

“I want to fight Tank [Davis] first of course, but it is what it is. If we can make Devin, let’s make Devin. Why not? Let’s go.”

Reacting to the first stoppage loss of his career, Campbell wrote on social media: “Well I’m honestly heart broken, I really wanted to bring the win back for you all. I’m sorry for that.

“I hope you all enjoyed the fight. Have to take my hat off to @KingRyanG, well done and a massive future ahead for him. I wish him all the best.”



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Vaucluse knockdown home sells for $900k less than what it did a year ago


This Vaucluse property sold for $10.9 million.


There has been a $900,000 loss taken on a non-harbourfront Vaucluse listing.

The knockdown home on the high side of prestigious Carrara Rd fetched $10.9 million last week via private treaty, having sold a year ago at $11.8 million to the Grunberg family from North Bondi.

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Kennedy’s old Canyonleigh retreat resold

The single level home, on its 728sqm cul-de-sac block, had ­previously been the abode of ­Michael Caredes and his wife Fylia for 44 years.

Supplied Editorial 29 Carrara Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030

It’s on a 728sqm block.


The resale price, after 50 days on the market, reflects a 7.5 per cent price drop, at the lower end of the worse case COVID-19 price collapse forecasts. The $900,000 decline comes after its $765,000 stamp duty purchase outlay, plus its 8.25 per cent mortgage rate.

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Laing and Simmons agent D’Leanne Lewis handled both sales.

The property, which has views of the Harbour Bridge across the 1930s hospital dormitory building on the Strickland House estate, comes with a 1950s height covenant from a neighbouring Vaucluse Rd home.

Supplied Editorial 29 Carrara Road, Vaucluse, NSW 2030


Up the other end of Carrara, another non-waterfront sale has been done at $7.5 million, less than the $10.85 million sought on its initial 2018 listing. The house is set on 600 sqm above the Hermitage estate.



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