Ryan Garcia proved his worth yet again on Saturday night against the Brit Luke Campbell. ‘King Ry’ landed a massive body shot on his opponent to send him down to his knees. Garcia gathered millions of eyeballs and applause with this performance.
However, the lightweight king Teofimo Lopez and his father Teofimo Lopez Sr. were unimpressed with the youngster’s performance. Lopez Sr. fumed over Garcia for his dreadful performance. He felt Luke Campbell didn’t look in his natural element, but still dropped Garcia in round 2 of the fight.
In a chat with Bad Left Hook, Lopez Sr. opened up on ‘King Ry’s Saturday night bout.
He said, “What grade do I give Ryan? An A? No, no grade. Luke Campbell was a fighter that was nothing like the guy who fought Jorge Linares or Lomachenko, that was a washed-up Luke Campbell. And Luke still dropped Ryan!”
In response to whether Garcia’s still the young gun and kingpin of boxing. Lopez Sr. added, “Hell no, Don’t come over here and tell me he’s the king of boxing.”
He asserted Garcia needs to take on genuine contenders like his son to build a core boxing resume.
Was Ryan Garcia in his true element against Luke Campbell?
Unquestionably, ‘King Ry’ entered his battle against ‘Cool hand’ as a favorite. His fans were left startled when Garcia went to his knees in the second round itself. It was the first knockdown of the fight, and also the first time Garcia went down to the canvas in his lucrative undefeated career.
‘King Ry’ got hailed for showing composure and winning the fight via KO in round 7. But, he received criticism too for not showing his real self out there.
However, there’s no doubt about Garcia’s astonishing skill sets. He is expected to get better with time and bounce back with dominant wins again. Furthermore, he will be in line to fight elite title holders given his position as the WBC Interim champion.
What do you make of Teofimo Lopez Sr.’s remarks on Ryan Garcia?