Ryan Garcia, Teofimo Lopez poised to revive boxing

Something altered in boxing, relatively considerably, when Ryan Garcia captured Luke Campbell with a completely positioned liver shot on Saturday in Dallas.

Garcia won the interim WBC light-weight champion at the same time, however this sport currently has a lot of title-holders, so the significance of his success has little to do with the truth he’s most likely the 436th active fighter who can call himself a world champ.

The significance of Garcia’s win, like Teofimo Lopez’s success over Vasiliy Lomachenko in their IBF-WBA-WBO title battle in October, is that they see themselves as the leaders of a brand-new generation of fighters who aren’t beholden to the mores of boxing’s ignominious past.

They remain in among the sport’s most popular departments, and they’re eager to handle the most significant difficulties.

Put simply, they wish to combat the kind of battles that get the public thrilled.

For both of them, those battles exist. At this moment, Lopez is plainly the cream of the light-weight crop, however Gervonta Davis and Devin Haney are likewise consider this class. Each would make a great challenger for Garcia and Lopez.

Haney remained in Dallas viewing Garcia, and the fans who went to started to shout for a Garcia-Haney battle when Garcia inquired who they wished to see him combat next.

So terrific, go with that battle and let Lopez and Davis combat each other. Both would be exceptional battles.

Garcia and Haney are both extremely fast-handed and physically talented. Lopez and Davis are both incredibly heavy-handed.

The winners would be tremendously larger than they are now as an outcome, and would produce an enormous marriage bout.

Think Of, for a 2nd, how huge Lopez would be if, for the sake of argument, he were to beat Davis. At that point, he’d be coming off back-to-back triumphes over Lomachenko and Davis and would stay unbeaten with 3 of the 4 belts. And he’d still just be 23 years of ages.

DALLAS, TEXAS - JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia celebrates with Saul Canelo Alvarez after his victory against Luke Campbell at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions via Getty Images)
Ryan Garcia commemorates with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez after his success versus Luke Campbell at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Picture by Tom Hogan/Golden Young Boy Advertisings by means of Getty Images)

Previously, Garcia has actually been understood more for his enormous social networks following than for his boxing abilities, though he plainly showed any skeptics incorrect when he took apart Luke Campbell, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, on Saturday. Garcia was decked in the 2nd, however that takes place when a fighter stinks and combating to win, as Garcia was doing. However he won every other round and revealed his guts by the method he reacted.

Anyone who rips him for getting dropped doesn’t understand the sport or its history. It seemed like in his early days as welterweight champion, Felix Trinidad was dropped each time and didn’t get rolling until he pulled himself off of the canvas. In 1963, Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, was dropped by Henry Cooper.

It’s part of the sport. It’s how one reacts to being dropped, and Garcia reacted flawlessly.

If Garcia were able to defeat Haney, a fight with Lopez would be one of the biggest of the year.

Beyond what they will do for their own careers, they have the great potential to impact the method their peers behave, and that’s what is exciting about this.

Yes, fighters deserve to be paid; this is a brutal business. And nobody is asking them, to borrow an old Floyd Mayweather term, to fight for slave wages.

But the boxers have the power to crash all the political boundaries down that prevent great fights from being made. If welterweight champions Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. demanded today that their promoters match them next, it would happen pronto.

Garcia and Lopez have both insisted they’re not going to let things like which television network a potential opponent is affiliated with prevent a quality fight from occurring.

And if you look at some of the most significant fighters in history, look at the opposition they faced. They all faced scores of champions and future Hall of Famers.

Ali, for instance, was 11-3 against men who wound up in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Those kinds of fights — champ versus champion and future Hall of Famer versus future Hall of Famer —are the type that invigorate the sport and force people to take notice.

And when they do, they see the other good things happening in the sport.

There is a lot of elite young talent in boxing now. Guys like Teofimo Lopez and Ryan Garcia can have a huge affect on making the public at large far more aware of that young skill than they are now.

They require to equate their words into action. so gentlemen, the phase is yours. The clock is ticking.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.