- Garcia steps into the ring for an attempt to seal 20 consecutive wins without a loss
- Fonseca will be entering his 30th fight in his career
- Garcia is the current WBC silver lightweight title holder and he will defend his belt on Friday
Ryan Garcia is walking into the ring on Friday, February 14, to face off with Francisco Fonseca at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. While the world is holding its breath ahead of St Valentine’s Day, if you subscribe to the whole romantic paradigm, Garcia and Fonseca are eyeing a different prize with the WBC silver lightweight title on the line.
Garcia is coming in strong for the title as his track record already puts him as one of the most accomplished pugilists, despite the young age of 21. He has won all his 19 fights so far, 16 directly with a KO.
In the other side of the ring, he will face off with Fonseca who is a well-seasoned fighter with 29 bouts under his belt. He has had 25 wins and only 2 losses, only one of which was by knockout.
Garcia vs Fonseca Betting Odds
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*Odds updated February 13
Now, the odds seem to give Garcia quite an uncanny advantage. Hitting 20-0 would be quite the feat in the lightweight category and it would definitely cement the young prospects’ position as one of the most fearsome names in the sport.
Yet, Fonseca hasn’t lost convincingly enough in the past to be dismissed just yet. He is just 26 years old and he is still in good shape, giving him speed, strength and more importantly the necessary background and experience to snuff out the up-and-coming Garcia.
True, Fonseca lost to both Tevin Farmer and Gervonta Davis, and the current bout puts a lot of pressure on the pugilist as his track record is under threat of getting way patchier.
Of course, wishful thinking would hardly be sufficient for Francisco to roll with the punches and knock out his younger opponent, but at +1400, we feel strongly he is the best wager you can place on a boxing match today.
Garcia Defending the WBC Title
Just 21 years old, Garcia will be now defending his title after defeating Roberto Guerrero in a 12-round bout and winning by unanimous decision. Guerrero wasn’t happy to yield the belt the way he did, but the talented Garcia left him no option, wearing him down in a prolonged fight.
In fact, this victory was also indicative of Garcia’s ability to persevere in tough fights and Guerrero did pressure the then-contender barraging him with punches throughout the entire competition and only relenting his pace as he became weary later into the rounds.
The upcoming fight against Fonseca is also scheduled for 12 rounds and that could very well be the case. Garcia will definitely last in a prolonged fight and given Fonseca’s own track record, it seems perfectly logical for the fight to go the distance.