Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna fight prediction, undercard, odds, start time, preview, expert pick

Ryan Garcia has change into a polarizing determine in boxing, however followers and critics agree on one factor: they wish to see the 23-year-old take a step up in his degree of competitors. To take action, Garcia first must get previous Javier Fortuna of their light-weight conflict on Saturday night time at Crypto.com Enviornment in Los Angeles (8 p.m., DAZN).

Regardless of being younger, Garcia (22-0, 18 KO) has proven large promise with velocity and energy to associate with stable measurement for the 135-pound division. He additionally has amassed a big following on social media, making him one among boxing’s most seen stars whereas additionally offending many traditionalists in a sport that has dragged behind the occasions for many years as a fighter who “cares extra about his social media than boxing.”

Garcia has accomplished all the pieces requested of him within the ring to this point, along with his lone stumble coming in a bout with Luke Campbell for the interim WBC light-weight title. In that battle, Garcia ate a left hand within the second spherical that dropped him to the canvas. Garcia was in a position to rapidly get to his ft and received again on observe earlier than touchdown a phenomenal left hook to the physique in Spherical 8 that pressured Campbell to take two steps backward earlier than taking a knee and accepting a 10-count.

Garcia was set to face Fortuna in July 2021 however withdrew from the bout to handle mental-health issues. He then withdrew from a deliberate November bout with Joseph Diaz Jr., the person who’d stepped in and defeated Fortuna when Garcia pulled out of the battle. Once more, Garcia pulled out of a battle, this time needing surgical procedure to repair a hand harm. He returned to the ring this previous February, taking a unanimous resolution over a really awkward Emmanuel Tagoe.

Whereas dominating overmatched opponents, Garcia has always talked up fights with the opposite younger stars within the talent-loaded light-weight division, together with Devin Haney and social media rival Gervonta “Tank” Davis. That degree of step-up battle wants to return ultimately, however it may not be after the fight with Fortuna.

Fortuna (37-3-1, 26 KO) is a stable fighter who has held a secondary title at tremendous featherweight whereas placing collectively a stable profession that has seen him constantly hovering across the rankings at each 130 and 135 kilos.

After shedding to Diaz, Fortuna rebounded with a first-round knockout of lightly-regarded Rafael Hernandez in February.

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Now 32 years outdated, the battle with Garcia could also be Fortuna’s ultimate likelihood to interrupt by for a run at a world championship. He was set to face Robert Easter Jr. for the IBF light-weight title in January 2018 however missed weight, making him ineligible to win the title the place he dropped a break up resolution. Fortuna was additionally set to battle for the vacant WBC title — a secondary title to then-WBC “franchise champion” Vasiliy Lomachenko and a possibility that arose when Haney was named “champion in recess” however later reinstated — in April 2020, solely to see that battle scratched within the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Losses to Diaz and Garcia throughout a three-fight span would doubtless put an finish to any hopes of one other shot at a title at 135 kilos. For his half, Fortuna has expressed confidence and has promised to go for the knockout.

“There’s been a few occasions in my profession the place I left it as much as the judges and it wasn’t a very good factor,” Fortuna mentioned on the ultimate pre-fight press convention. “So it is both he kills me or I kill him.”

Garcia vs. Fortuna card, odds

Odds by way of Caesars Sportsbook

Ryan Garcia -1200

Javier Fortuna +750


Alexis Rocha -3000

Luis Alberto Veron +1300


Lamont Roach -900

Angel Rodriguez +600

Tremendous featherweight

Ricardo Sandoval -1600

David Jimenez +900



Fortuna is a respectable fighter and a good sufficient step for Garcia as he advances towards the fights followers actually wish to see. Beating Tagoe, Fortuna and “JoJo” Diaz — assuming that battle follows the Fortuna bout — wouldn’t be a nasty 12 months general for Garcia, however 2023 must be the 12 months the place Garcia faces off with an elite fighter in a division with no scarcity of elite expertise.

In a method, the earlier paragraph is a prediction in itself. Garcia ought to deal with Fortuna and achieve this with relative ease. Fortuna is small for 135 kilos and he cannot match Garcia’s velocity and energy, which makes it pure to look forward to what’s subsequent for Garcia.

Fortuna is not more likely to placed on an unpleasant battle like Tagoe, who by no means troubled Garcia however made it laborious for the younger star to point out off his finest qualities. He’ll, as a substitute, doubtless look to try to get inside and blend it up with mixture punching. That is a recipe for catastrophe towards Garcia, who will fortunately meet him in that area when he isn’t utilizing his size to land clear pictures, simply as Diaz, who is way shorter than Garcia, did routinely towards Fortuna.

Love him or hate him, Garcia is a respectable expertise and it is laborious to see how Fortuna retains up with him. Choose: Garcia by way of TKO7

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