Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna fight prediction, undercard, start time, odds, 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 stage of competitors. To take action, Garcia first must get previous Javier Fortuna of their light-weight conflict on Saturday evening 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 pace and energy to associate with strong measurement for the 135-pound division. He additionally has amassed a big following on social media, making him one in every of 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 carried out all the things requested of him within the ring to this point, together 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 shortly get to his ft and received again on observe earlier than touchdown a fantastic left hook to the physique in Spherical 8 that compelled 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 deal with mental-health considerations. 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 damage. He returned to the ring this previous February, taking a unanimous resolution over a really awkward Emmanuel Tagoe.

Whereas dominating overmatched opponents, Garcia has continually 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 stage of step-up battle wants to return finally, however it may not be after the fight with Fortuna.

The opposite fascinating angle is that this battle shouldn’t be truly going down at light-weight. The 2 camps agreed to a catchweight of 140 kilos for this battle and Garcia hinted at probably shifting as much as junior welterweight full time.

“I used to be pondering the opposite day that I’d by no means return to 135,” Garcia mentioned throughout an interview with DAZN. “That is simply how my life is breaking out. Each of the fights, [Emmanuel] Tagoe and this battle, each occasions we have been scheduled to battle at 135 however for some motive or one other they could not make weight or we agreed to a catch weight (Tagoe).

“This one particularly Fortuna could not make the load. I used to be decided to make 135 and would’ve made it straightforward. But it surely simply feels higher to be at 140.”

Fortuna (37-3-1, 26 KO) is a strong fighter who has held a secondary title at tremendous featherweight whereas placing collectively a strong 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 closing likelihood to interrupt by way of 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 probably 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 an excellent factor,” Fortuna mentioned on the closing pre-fight press convention. “So it is both he kills me or I kill him.”

“I’ve to knock him out,” Fortuna said. “I can not let it go to the scorecards. Even when I drop him a number of occasions, I will not win the battle on the scorecards anyway.”

The undercard additionally encompasses a welterweight contest between Alexis Rocha and Luis Alberto Veron. Plus, Lamont Roach returns in a brilliant featherweight contest when he takes on Angel Rodriguez.

Garcia vs. Fortuna card, odds

Odds through Caesars Sportsbook

Ryan Garcia -1200

Javier Fortuna +750

140-pound catchweight

Alexis Rocha -3000

Luis Alberto Veron +1300

Welterweight

Lamont Roach -900

Angel Rodriguez +600

Tremendous featherweight

Ricardo Sandoval -1600

David Jimenez +900

Flyweight

Prediction

Fortuna is a legit fighter and a good sufficient step for Garcia as he advances towards the fights followers really wish to see. Beating Tagoe, Fortuna and “JoJo” Diaz — assuming that battle follows the Fortuna bout — wouldn’t be a foul 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 means, the earlier paragraph is a prediction in itself. Garcia ought to deal with Fortuna and accomplish that with relative ease. Fortuna is small for 135 kilos and he cannot match Garcia’s pace and energy, which makes it pure to look forward to what’s subsequent for Garcia.

Fortuna is not prone to placed on an unpleasant battle like Tagoe, who by no means troubled Garcia however made it exhausting for the younger star to indicate off his greatest qualities. He’ll, as an alternative, probably look to attempt to get inside and blend it up with mixture punching. That is a recipe for catastrophe in opposition to Garcia, who will fortunately meet him in that area when he is not utilizing his size to land clear photographs, simply as Diaz, who is way shorter than Garcia, did routinely in opposition to Fortuna.

Love him or hate him, Garcia is a legit expertise and it is exhausting to see how Fortuna retains up with him. Decide: Garcia through TKO7


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