Danny Garcia Heavy Favorite Against Jose Benavidez Jr.

Danny Garcia Jose Benavidez Boxing Background

  • Danny Garcia has opened as the -500 betting favorite to beat Jose Benavidez Jr. on Saturday night.
  • Garcia will be returning to the ring for the first time in 20 months and will be fighting at 154 pounds.
  • At +333, Benavidez has opened as the betting underdog for the second straight bout after hitting the betting boards as the betting favorite in his first 28 fights.

Danny Garcia’s chase for a world title in a third weight class begins on Saturday night and he will do so with the oddsmakers firmly behind him.

According to the best boxing sportsbooks, the former 140 and 147-pound world champion will be a massive betting favorite to beat Jose Benavidez in a junior middleweight bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Back from a 20-month Absence

Garcia will be fighting for the first time since losing to Errol Spence in a welterweight title fight way back in December 2020. After that bout, Garcia took a break, citing mental burnout. With his focus back, Swift now sets his sights on becoming a three-division world champion and that journey begins on Saturday night.

The 34-year-old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was a former unified junior welterweight world champion who beat the likes of Lucas Matthysse, Amir Khan, Zab Judah, and Erik Morales. Garcia never lost at 140-pounds with his two other career losses coming at the hands of Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman in welterweight world title fights. Overall, Swift has a record of 36-3 with 21 knockouts.

Garcia has been long the darling of the oddsmakers. He’s opened and closed as a betting favorite in his first 33 bouts before finally watching the plus money sign attached to his name when he fought Keith Thurman for the unified 147-pound titles in 2017. In that bout, Garcia was the +255 underdog. The only other time that Garcia has been the bottom dog was when he fought Spence at +360 odds.

A Victory Puts Benavidez ‘Back on Top’

Benavidez’s boxing career has had many starts and stops but a win over Garcia puts him back to the top. He was forced to put his career on hold after he was shot in the leg in 2016. Benavidez made a successful return by stopping Frank Rojas in June 2018. After coming up short against Terence Crawford four months later, he left the sport for three years to take care of his growing family. Benavidez came back last November but figured in a majority draw against the unheralded Francisco Emmanuel Torres.

The 30-year-old older brother of former super middleweight champion David Benavidez had a stellar amateur career where he became the youngest Golden Gloves champion at the age of 16. He turned pro in 2010 and won his first 27 bouts before losing to Crawford. Along the way, he beat Mauricio Herrera to become the interim WBA lightweight champion. Benavidez has a record of 27-1-1 with 18 knockouts.

This will mark only the second time in his professional boxing career that Benavidez has opened as the betting underdog. The Phoenix-based boxer opened as a huge +700 betting underdog against Crawford and closed as a massive +1600 bottom dog in that bout. Despite facing heavy odds, Benavidez gave a spirited effort against Crawford, making it to the 12th round before finally getting stopped.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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