Ryan Garcia looks to remain undefeated when he steps into the ring for a long-awaited clash with veteran Javier Fortuna. This clash of lightweight contenders seeking to make gains in the rankings is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
Online sportsbook BetUS has all the Ryan Garcia vs Javier Fortuna odds. Garcia has emerged as a massive -1400 favorite to extend his unblemished pro boxing record to 23-0, while Fortuna lags as a distant +700 underdog.
That means sports bettors backing Garcia must wager $1,400 to generate winnings of $100, while a successful $100 bet on Fortuna will produce a tidy payday of $700.
Garcia vs Fortuna Odds
Odds as of July 13 at BetUS
A deeper dive into the Garcia vs Fortuna odds using our sports betting calculator tells us that Garcia’s -1400 odds translate to an implied win probability of 93.33 percent, while Fortuna’s lengthy +700 odds have just a 12.50 percent implied win probability.
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Ryan Garcia vs Javier Fortuna Odds Analysis
Ryan Garcia’s impressive rise to lightweight championship contender has not been overlooked by the oddsmakers. The 23-year-old California native paid out as heavy -2500 chalk in his last outing, a 12-round unanimous-decision win over Emmanuel Tagoe that snapped The Gameboy’s epic 32-fight win streak.
The Flash paid out as a considerably shorter -400 bet in his January 2021 victory over Luke Campbell that briefly elevated him to WBC interim lightweight champion. But overall, Garcia has sported average odds of -2280 over his past six contests.
Fortuna Fading At Sportsbooks
Things have not gone quite so well at the sportsbooks for Javier Fortuna. There was little boxing action in Fortuna’s last fight, a first-round knockout victory over aging veteran Rafael Hernandez. Fortuna was pegged as a +190 underdog in his previous outing, a unanimous-decision loss to Joseph Diaz in his July 2021 bid for the WBC interim lightweight crown. That marked a major turnaround after being tagged with average odds of -800 in his previous two clashes.
Garcia vs Fortuna Betting Preview
The sky is the limit for Ryan Garcia. Currently ranked sixth among active lightweights by The Ring magazine, Garcia enjoyed a brief taste of life as a champion with a dominating seventh-round win over Luke Campbell early last year. However, a planned meeting with Fortuna last summer, with the winner emerging as the mandatory challenger to WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney, had to be canceled after Garcia withdrew to address health issues. As a result, he was stripped of the interim strap.
However, that setback does not appear to have diminished The Flash’s hunger or skills in the ring. In addition to possessing impressive height (five-foot-10) and a 70-inch reach, Garcia also has great speed and a powerful left hook that is likely to cause huge problems for his southpaw opponent Saturday night.
Concerns linger about his defense, however. Many observers have pointed out his tendency to lead with his chin, making him susceptible to a knockout blow. That was particularly evident early on in his clash with Campbell, who set up Garcia for a devastating left hook that dropped him to the canvas.
Fortuna Needs To Rely On Counters
Javier Fortuna gave Joseph Diaz all he could handle in his last outing against a top-flight opponent, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a unanimous-decision loss to the former IBF super featherweight champion. Indeed, Fortuna remained neck and neck with Diaz until the late stages of the fight before quickly fading on his way to his first defeat since January 2018.
While El Abejón has earned the win in just four of his past seven ring appearances, he remains a durable fighter, equally capable of going the distance or delivering a speedy knockout blow. However, a lack of speed means that Fortuna is forced to wait for his opportunities to strike, and leaves him at heightened risk of a successful counterattack from quicker and lankier opponents like Garcia.
Garcia vs Fortuna Pick
A devastating combination of speed, height and reach leaves Garcia with a massive advantage over Fortuna going into Saturday’s contest. While he needs to continue to work on defensive concerns, The Flash is well positioned to wear down Fortuna, who faces the huge challenge of successfully getting inside on Garcia.
Indeed, it is an all-or-nothing proposition for Fortuna. He has little hope of success by staying out of reach of Garcia and can expect to absorb a lot of punishment by taking the fight close.
Prediction: Garcia (-1400); UNDER 7.5 rounds (-105)
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