The 2021 boxing year is beginning with a great night of fights on January 2 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Headlining the card is undefeated 22-year-old Ryan Garcia fighting for his first world title, the WBC interim lightweight strap, against 20-3 Luke Campbell.
There are two other title fights on this card as Felix Alvarado defends his IBF junior flyweight belt vs DeeJay Kriel, while in the co-main event, Rene Alvarado defends his WBA “regular” junior lightweight title vs Roger Gutierrez. You can watch this entire card on DAZN.
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has released Garcia vs Campbell odds with the undefeated boxer, Garcia, coming in as the -500 favorite and Campbell returning as a +350 underdog. This means you would have to wager $500 to profit $100 on a Garcia victory, while a $100 bet on a Campbell win would profit you $350.
Garcia vs Campbell Odds
Odds as of January 2 at Sportsbook
Looking at the Garcia vs Campbell odds with our sports betting calculator, Garcia’s odds of -500 have an implied win probability of 83.33 percent, while Campbell’s odds of +350 have a win probability of 22.22 percent.
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Garcia vs Campbell Odds Analysis
Making the step up into a major world title fight for his third-ever 12-round bout, this is the tightest betting line we’ve had for the young Ryan Garcia in his career. Typically, “KingRy” has been a four-figure favorite in most of his previous bouts, many of which ended in knockouts.
As for Campbell, this is the second consecutive bout in which he will enter the squared circle as the betting underdog as he closed at many books at +800 in his fight with Vasyl Lomachenko in August 2019. “Cool Hand” also was a +300 underdog when he fought Jorge Linares in 2017, a bout he lost via split decision.
Garcia vs Campbell Prediction
Garcia has outstanding hand speed matched with big knockout power. Of his 20 pro wins, 17 have been by knockout, including his last four in a row and the last two in the first round. He works extremely well behind his jab, which opens up areas for his more powerful hooks.
Additionally, he is quite accurate when his opponents open up to throw a punch. KingRy is much more dangerous when he’s able to counter, whereas if he’s the one that is chasing, it takes him a little while to get into a groove.
Campbell is a good test, though, with all three of his losses coming by decision, two via split and a lone unanimous midway through 2019 against Lomachenko. Cool Hand will have a reach advantage of just one inch, so it should be negligible in the ring.
He fights long too, though, typically inching his opponents backward with his jab, trying to find opportunities to land his heavier hooks. The 2012 Olympic Gold medalist has a great fight IQ, reading his opponents’ movements and countering effectively when they look to engage with him.
This is a really good fight to kick off 2021. Campbell performed very well in the Lomachenko loss, getting dropped once but staying in the fight for most of its duration, though on the scorecards he only won one or two rounds. He will have to fight a little defensively against Garcia, who I expect to have a major speed advantage, and really work behind his jab.
This is a big step up for KingRy, and a chance for redemption for Cool Hand in his third attempt at claiming a world title. Ultimately, I think the young gun gets it done, and it would be a major feather in his cap if he can get Campbell out of there inside the distance.