Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna odds, expert picks, 2022 boxing fight predictions

Ryan Garcia and Javier Fortuna will finally face off on Saturday. Inside the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, Garcia is ready to prove he’s ready to take on the top champions in the lightweight division.

Garcia made his professional debut in 2016. In November 2019 and February 2020, Garcia defeated Romero Duno and Francisco Fonseca after two brutal knockouts to win and retain the WBC lightweight title. He passed his first major test in January 2021 when he defeated Luke Campbell via TKO to win the WBC interim lightweight title.

Garcia took a short break from boxing soon after. In April 2021, he was supposed to fight Fortuna but ended up working on his sanity. Scheduled to return last November, Garcia would undergo surgery on his hand. The fight he missed was an interim title fight against Joseph Diaz. He returned in April, beating Emmanuel Tagoe by unanimous decision.

After an amateur career of over 190 wins, Fortuna turned pro in 2009. WBC-NABF Junior super featherweight champion, Fortuna won the WBA (Regular) super featherweight title in 2015 against Brian Vasquez.

Fortuna was involved in a scary scene in 2018 when he fell out of the ring against Adrian Granados. This fight ended up turning into a no-contest. Since then, it is 4-1. In July 2021, Fortuna lost to Joseph Diaz for the interim WBC lightweight title. He recovered in February, beating Rafael Hernandez by knockout.

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What will happen when these two lightweights cross paths? The Sporting News is here to provide insight on how to bet on this fight.

Odds for Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna

According to the FanDuel Sportsbook (via OddsChecker), Garcia is the -650 favorite while Fortuna is the +480 underdog.

In Canada, by Sports interactionsGarcia is the -1269 favorite, while Fortuna is the +604 underdog.

Prediction Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna

This is a fight featuring a rising star and a dominant veteran. Both have strong skills in the ring and are known to knock out their opponent. How they start the fight could be a big factor in determining how this fight goes.

By PunchStat, Garcia had 165 of 569 shots (29% connect rate) against Emmanuel Tagoe, who only hit 23% of his shots. Five of those hits were jabs, while 160 were power hits. Against Luke Campbell, Garcia landed 94 of 293 (32.1%), while his opponent landed 74 of 331 shots (22.4%).

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Against Campbell, Garcia started strong with heavy strike production. Against Tagoe, Garcia waited until the final rounds to inflict significant damage on his opponent. That could be all thanks to his new coach in Joe Goossen. Being patient is key in the lightweight division. In the clinch, Goossen said combat center that Garcia has the clear advantage. This is especially true if Fortuna tries to advance against Garcia.

“I think he’s right, he predicted well,” Goossen said, via Bad left hook. “He’s going to come right at Ryan and get knocked out. So I appreciate that from him. And that’s what I like, for him to come and be aggressive. Because if he thinks he’s hitting harder than Ryan Garcia, and if he thinks he won’t get hit by Ryan Garcia, well, you know, he’s got something else coming. It’s gonna be a good fight. I don’t think Javier Fortuna will ever land a punch, of course. He’s a solid veteran, but he’s not going to knock Ryan Garcia out – it will be the other way around.”

Against Joseph Diaz Jr., Fortuna’s production started strong, dwindled and then picked up. The same event happened in his fight against Antonio Lozada.

Garcia has a range advantage but hasn’t used the jab as much as he could. Fortuna also had this problem for a while. One can only assume that it will either be a game of cat and mouse or that these two will land an excessive amount of explosive shots against each other. If the latter takes place, who can handle the pressure better?

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“KingRy” is aiming to become boxing’s next big star. At 23, he still has a long way to go. Against Fortuna, Garcia has a chance to silence the doubters. With his offensive and defensive skills about to be tested, it looks like Garcia is ready. Goossen’s training could end up turning Garcia into a different kind of fighter. The social media star could end up tiring Fortuna, which would result in an opening to take him out.

Expect a solid battle, with young Garcia winning in the closing laps.

Sporting News prediction: Garcia via TKO (eighth round)

When is Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna?

  • Date: Saturday July 16, 2022
  • Main board: 8 p.m. ET
  • Main event: 11:30 p.m. ET (approx.)

Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna will take place on Saturday, July 16. Garcia and Fortuna are expected to enter the ring around 11:30 p.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard bouts last.

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How to Watch, Stream Garcia vs. Fortuna Live

The Garcia vs. Fortuna main card will air on DAZN.

Garcia vs Fortuna price: How much does the card cost?

  • DAZN monthly subscription: $19.99, $20 in Canada
  • DAZN Annual Subscription: $99.99, $150 in Canada

To watch Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna, you can either pay a DAZN monthly subscription ($19.99) or an annual subscription ($99.99). In Canada, a monthly DAZN subscription is $20, while an annual subscription is $150.

Garcia vs. Fortuna fight card

  • Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna; Lightweight
  • Alexis Rocha vs. Samuel Kotey; Welterweight
  • Lamont Roach Jr. vs. Angel Rodriguez; Super featherweight
  • Ricardo Sandoval vs. David Jimenez flyweight
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