Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna First Look Fight Preview | Boxing Betting Picks and Breakdown

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Ryan Garcia celebrates defeating Emmanuel Tagoe in their Lightweight bout at the Alamodome. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images via AFP

The ever-popular Ryan Garcia returns to the ring this Saturday night when a formidable opponent in Javier Fortuna will test his skillset in the main event at the Crypto.com Arena.

Read on for our complete betting guide taking a first look at this lightweight contender’s bout between Garcia and Fortuna, including updated odds, free expert boxing picks, and predictions.

Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna

WBC Lightweight Main Event Bout

Saturday, July 16, 2022 – 11:00 PM EDT at Crypto.com Arena

Ryan Garcia Analysis

  • Record: 22-0, 18 KOs

In wasting no time whatsoever, the undefeated No.6 ranked WBC lightweight (ESPN rankings) contender Ryan Garcia returns to the squared circle after a mere 3-month layoff following his successful outing versus Emmanuel Tagoe.

It’s an ultra-quick turnaround for any boxer, but as Garcia took zero damage in his last bout, it seems the pro boxer turned social media star has a point to prove. The critics have naturally surrounded Garcia during his come-up, slating him to be a wannabe, and expecting his downfall to eventually come.

As a self-made millionaire without ever capturing a boxing championship, the hate for Garcia has grown, but on the flip side, he also boasts a significant following. Fortuna will undoubtedly be his toughest test to date, but as the betting odds suggest, the 23-year-old should have minimal complications in outworking the talents of his Saturday night opponent.

Ryan Garcia Best Available Odds: -900 at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)


Javier Fortuna Analysis

  • Record: 37-3-1, 26 KOs

Javier Fortuna is a savvy 33-year-old veteran who’s more than pleased to put a stop to the Ryan Garcia hype train. Behind a wealth of professional boxing experience, he could easily be the world-class opponent presenting Garcia's first real test.

The Dominican veteran returns to action following a brutal loss to Joseph “JoJo” Diaz last year but instantly bounced back with a first-round KO in February this year, which could be telling as to why the promoters are selecting this opponent for Garcia, expecting an “easy” fight to somebody who couldn’t overcome Diaz.

However, in an attempt to protect their cash cow, Fortuna might not be “that guy”. They expect Garcia to roll through.

Javier Fortuna About Ryan Garcia

“Ryan Garcia should take this fight very seriously and train properly because he will be facing, by far, the best fighter of his career,” Fortuna said last year before their initially scheduled bout in July was postponed.

Fortuna added: “Hopefully, there will be no excuses for his loss on fight night. I have too much of everything for Ryan Garcia. His [win over Campbell] showed how easy he is to hit. And his power won’t mean anything to me. But mine will put him to sleep.”

Javier Fortuna Best Available Odds: +600 at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)


Garcia vs. Fortuna: Fight Breakdown

How Can Fortuna Defeat Garcia?

Power and precision will favor the underdog. He boasts a dangerous left hand and an aggressive, free-swinging approach that we saw cause Garcia issues in the past (see knockdown versus Campbell).

Experience and an overwhelming approach could be the difference-maker for Fortuna, and the veteran presents enough power to put his opponent's lights out as he enters the contest as a betting underdog for the fourth time during his pro career.

How Can Garcia Defeat Fortuna?

Many believed that former Olympic boxing standout Luke Campbell would be Garcia’s roadblock, and the youngster proved everybody wrong. Many also believe Fortuna is a step down in competition to Campbell, and if that’s the case, the -900 price tag on Garcia makes complete sense.

The speed and velocity of Garcia’s punches could undoubtedly run rings around the aging Fortuna. On his quest towards championship talks, the confidence of the favorite is in the more significant position.


Garcia vs. Fortuna: Betting Pick and Odds

The available odds at our top-rated sportsbooks favor Garcia considerably, but the young knockout artist should supply a level of volume that his opponent just cannot handle.

I believe the -900 price tag is oddly steep, but the right fighter is favored, and you can boost those odds by betting on the knockout prop.

Predicted Result: Ryan Garcia Wins by KO

Boxing Pick: Ryan Garcia ML (-900) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review) [Bet Garcia by KO when odds become available]

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