Footage has emerged of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez teaching Ryan Garcia the exact same left hook to the body he used to knock out Luke Campbell on Saturday night.
The 22-year-old, who found himself on the canvas for the first time in his career, picked himself off to land a vicious liver shot to end Campbell’s valiant effort in Texas.
Garcia has worked with Canelo and his trainer Eddy Reynoso in San Diego since 2018 after struggling past Carlos Moraes and is clearly reaping the benefits.
The pound-for-pound superstar is also a training partner as well as a mentor and in footage from father Henry Garcia, can be seen teaching ‘King Ryan’ how to uncork a vicious lead hook to the body.
Alvarez battered Callum Smith last month to claim the WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine super-middleweight titles and it was the turn of his young protégé to deliver a similarly conclusive performance against a Brit.
Speaking after the crushing defeat, Campbell admitted Garcia impressed him in the display and that he had never been hit harder during his illustrious career.
“He’s very heavy handed. Even when I was blocking the shots, I could feel them,” Campbell said. “That was the hardest shot I was ever hit with.
“I tried and tried to get up, but I couldn’t. I felt him coming on, and I was moving back, and when you move back my body relaxed a little bit and that’s the exact time he hit me.”
“He did so well to get up from the shot in the second round,” Campbell added. “I felt that through my arm and knew it was a beauty but all credit to him, he got up and showed he’s got real heart.
“It was a great fight and I knew I was right in the fight and thought I was having a good round in the seventh, but that was just a fantastic body shot.
“I was ready to attack again and he just timed the punch perfectly.
“I wanted to beat the count but just couldn’t, you just have to hold your hands up and say it was a great shot from a very talented fighter who is going to go a long way.”