After stepping away from boxing for 15 months to maintain his sanity, Ryan Garcia takes another step on the comeback trail against Javier Fortuna on Saturday night. This is an important fight for Garcia as he takes on a former world titlist in one of his toughest challenges yet. Already, however, plans are underway for his next fight, which is still a dangerous game to play. Here’s everything you need to know about Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna, including the odds, their bests and a prediction on who will win.
After knocking out Luke Campbell in January 2021 for the biggest win of his career, Garcia didn’t return for over a year. Once he did, he easily manipulated Emmanuel Tagoe, but he also verbally jousted with former training camp partner Canelo Alvarez and he talked about a potential matchup with Gervonta “Tank” Davis. . Don’t think Fortuna didn’t notice.
“Ryan is a good fighter, but hopefully this time around he has no excuse not to fight me,” Fortuna said, referring to the postponement of their matchup when Garcia was absent from the show. boxing. “I see he is very focused on another fight instead of focusing on the fight he has on Saturday. And we hope that after beating him on Saturday, he won’t have any more excuses.
Against Tagoe, Garcia won a wide unanimous decision, and he looked solid, especially after being out of the ring for so long. But he didn’t necessarily look great either.
Prior to his sabbatical, he had enjoyed a hot streak with former trainer Eddy Reynoso, scoring three impressive straight knockout wins over Jackson, Francisco Fonseca and Romero Duno. Now that he’s left the Reynoso/Alvarez camp and teamed up with famed trainer Joe Goossen, Garcia is still fighting his way to a world title.
Although he’s not yet at his best under his new coach, Garcia said he has too much talent for Fortuna.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re not 100%. We’re at the point where it doesn’t matter anymore,” Garcia said. “I’m at the point where it wouldn’t matter if I’m at 65%, I’m destroying Fortuna. He can’t beat me. I am levels above him.
Here’s more information on the Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna showdown that US viewers can watch on DAZN starting at 8 p.m. ET Saturday.
Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna Odds
If you think Fortuna can upset you and you dithered on betting money on this fight, congratulations! You have created even more value for yourself. With Garcia the -1400 favorite (bet $1,400 to win $100), Fortuna enters the ring as the +825 underdog (win $825 on a $100 bet). Considering Fortuna was +500 when the fight was first announced and +600 about three weeks ago, most people threw their money at Garcia. Betting Fortuna over 8/1 could be a great play.
If you like Garcia, you could get him at +240 to win by decision or -250 to win by stoppage. I don’t like any of these accessories. Maybe better value would be to take Garcia by stoppage in rounds 7-12 at +187. But honestly, I don’t like that price either.
Ryan Garcia Records vs. Javier Fortuna
Garcia (22-0, 18 KOs) is still an undefeated lightweight contender, and he certainly has some solid wins, especially against Campbell. A win against Fortuna would be on Campbell’s level, especially if Garcia can easily handle all the new looks Fortuna will show him. Ultimately, if Garcia is as good as his handlers think, he shouldn’t have too many problems passing this test.
At 37-3-1 (26 KOs), Fortuna has had plenty of career success. But every time he faced an A-level fighter (or even a B-plus level fighter), he went down. That includes losses to Joseph Diaz and Robert Easter Jr. His best win probably came against Bryan Vasquez, but that was seven years ago. Fortuna has a chance to pull off the upset, but let’s say this: he’s never beaten a fighter as good as Garcia.
Prediction Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna
It will be interesting to see how far Garcia has progressed in his second fight with Goossen. He gets an assist to look slightly underwhelming against Tagoe. A save against Fortuna would be a great moment for him. I think he’s going to look to be more aggressive, and I think he’ll end up ending the fight early. Say, Garcia by TKO in the ninth round.