Campbell tests positive for COVID, fight with Garcia postponed

The fight between Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell that was scheduled for December 5th has been postponed, as Campbell tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. This was announced by Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, who also stated that Campbell completed the safety protocols and will be in camp in the next few days but it will not give the former gold medalist enough time to fight on December 5th.

Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) has been in two world title fights with the first in 2017 against Jorge Linares and again last year when he took on Vasyl Lomachenko. He fell short in both fights and wanted to get another world title shot. The fight against Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) would be for the interim WBC lightweight title, and a win over Garcia would put him in the running to fight WBC champion Devin Haney or against unified champion Teofimo Lopez. He has not been in the ring since his loss to Lomachenko and is hungry for a statement win.

On the flip side, Garcia is an exciting fighter coming off a first round knockout win over Francisco Fonseca in February which is part of a KO streak going back to 2018. He has been mentioned among the list of young fighters in the lightweight division which includes Haney and Lopez, and he wants to show that he is the best of the bunch. He will have to wait a little longer to show his skills against Campbell as the makeup date will be announced in the coming weeks.

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