DALLAS – The first indication of Ryan García’s power outside of his home base couldn’t have been nicer for Golden Boy Promotions.
A second batch of tickets were made available by García, the next interim lightweight title fight offering against England’s Luke Campbell, broadcast live on DAZN this Saturday from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. . The site – which normally holds 20,000 in a healthy climate – has been downsized to just over 25% of capacity in accordance with CDC standards.
The entire bundle of over 5,000 tickets sold out in the middle of the fight week. More seats have been made available, although even this attempt will still not meet public demand – still a good problem to have for any promoter.
“We were not surprised that he [initially] sold out but we were delighted to be able to find more room while remaining responsible for COVID protocols, ”Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy Promotions told BoxingScene.com. “We had a couple of camera attacks that came back. We were able to convert them into more tickets. There may be 500 tickets left.
“There has been a huge demand for Ryan and for this show. We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
The bout marks the first headliner outside of his home port for García (20-0, 17KOs), which has become an established draw throughout California. The undefeated ascending lightweight contender from Victorville, Calif. Performed in front of a sold-out crowd in his previous outing, placing 10,000 in the Honda Center in Anaheim for his 1st round knockout of former two-time title challenger Francisco Fonseca the last Valentine’s Day.
It was the second consecutive fight to end in a single round for García, who beat Romero Duno of the Philippines just as quickly. Their November 2019 fight took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, in main support for the García team, the 10th round knockout of Sergey Kovalev by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez to win a light heavyweight belt . Alvarez (54-1-2, 36KOs) followed his own home crowd for a long time, although a significant portion of the crowd was also present to face what was considered at the time to be the toughest test of García’s career.
“Its popularity is increasing every week,” notes Gomez. “From experience alone, his fans seem to travel with him. It’s something only the most marketable fighters in the sport have.
“It’s exciting to see him reach the championship level and continue to gain popularity. These are exciting times for all of us.
Garcia’s box office appeal complements his massive online presence. The Gen-Z boxer has over 7.8 million followers on Instagram and over 407,000 on Twitter.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox