Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions will begin the year with a terrific fight and a stacked Garcia Campbell Undercard on January 2 on DAZN. Internet Sensation Ryan Garcia fights Olympic Gold Medalist and Two-time World Title challenger Luke Campbell in the main event at American Airlines Center, Dallas in Texas. A crowd of up to 12,000 is allowed in Texas and is the only state in the USA which allows the selling of tickets.
On the Garcia Campbell Undercard, the Nicaraguan Alvarado brothers will defend their world titles. Additionally, we see the returns of former unified super middleweight champion Franchon Crews Dezurn, the brother of Ryan Garcia: Sean Garcia and undefeated two-weight NABF champion Blair Cobbs.
The show will be a very early start with the Garcia Campbell undercard getting underway at 14:00 Local time (20:00 UK Time) with the main event no later than 17:00 Local time or 23:00 UK Time (Prime Time). This move by DAZN is to accommodate their international audience now that they are a global business and the huge UK fan following of Luke Campbell.
Alvarado Gutierrez: Rematch for WBA (Regular) Super Featherweight World Title
In the Chief Support on the Garcia Campbell undercard, Rene Alvarado and Roger Gutierrez first met back in 2017 on a low-profile undercard fight over 8 rounds. Alvarado stopped the previously undefeated Gutierrez in the seventh after 6 one-sided rounds. The Nicaraguan won the WBA Strap in a rematch with champion Andrew Cancio again in the seventh with 6 more dominant rounds from Alvarado.
Gutierrez also has losses to Hector Tanajara and Oscar Duarte and many fans see this rematch as very unnecessary and a total mismatch. But with a struggle to land significant fights, Alvarado was forced to fight the next available contender who was WBA #3, Roger Gutierrez. Alvarado hopes to secure an impressive knockout victory on the Garcia Campbell Undercard and seeks a big fight in 2021 for a full world title.
The 130-pound division is stacked and could see Alvarado land big fights with the winner of Berchelt Valdez, Diaz Rakhimov, Frampton Herring or P4P contender Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis who Alvarado could eventually become mandatory to down the line as the Nicaraguan is the regular champion.
Alvarado Kriel: IBF Light Flyweight World Title
Also on the Garcia Campbell undercard, South Africa’s Deejay Kriel will attempt to become a two-weight world champion when he takes on Nicaragua’s Felix Alvarado for the IBF junior flyweight title. Kriel and Alvarado were initially set to meet April 25 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, but the fight was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kriel’s sole defeat came in his professional debut when he like many fighters struggled with the transition from the amateur game. He subsequently avenged the defeat in his second fight. Kriel Claimed the IBF Minimumweight Title with a twelfth round knockout of champion Carlos Licona at the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles after 3 consecutive knockdowns.
Felix Alvarado is considered by many as the best at 108 pounds and has often been labelled the boogeyman of the division. Alvarado won the title in his third attempt after two back to back unsuccessfully attempts at 108 and 112 in 2013 and 14. He won the vacant belt by stopping Randy Petalcorin in the seventh round back in 2018 and has made one successful defence.
Alvarado is feared for his amazing punch power especially at such a low weight with 30 of his 35 victories coming by way of knockout. Despite the majority of the wins coming at a relatively low level, Alvarado is still avoided by the other champions and still hopes to land a unification fight in 2021. He may choose to target a fight with fellow Golden Boy fighter Elwin Soto if he can get the victory on January 2 on the Garcia Campbell Undercard.