Ryan Garcia Opens as Heavy Betting Favorite Against Emmanuel Tagoe

Ryan Garcia Punching Luke Campbell

  • Ryan Garcia has opened as the massive -1250 betting favorite against Emmanuel Tagoe.
  • This marks the 8th time in his last 10 bouts where Garcia has opened as the favorite of at least -1000.
  • Garcia and Tagoe are booked to fight on April 9th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas in a fight that will be streamed via DAZN.

Ryan Garcia’s long-awaited return is booked and the rising boxing star is a heavy favorite to win the bout.

Garcia opened as the -1250 betting favorite to beat Emmanuel Tagoe on April 9th. Tagoe meanwhile hit the betting boards at +600:

The Garcia vs Tagoe bout is expected to take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas in an event that will be streamed live via DAZN. Garcia himself confirmed the bout with a social media post.

King Ryan is Back

The fight against Tagoe will be his first since defeating Luke Campbell via 7th round TKO on January 2 of last year in Dallas. In that bout, Garcia came back from an early knockdown to beat Campbell and become the interim WBC lightweight champion.

The 23-year old Garcia is unbeaten in 21 bouts with 18 knockouts. He is one of the most highly-touted prospects in the sport and is very popular fighter at the best boxing betting sites. This marks the 8th time in his last 10 bouts where King Ryan has been listed as a favorite of at least -1000. The exceptions were when he fought Romero Duno at -650 and Campbell at -400. He won both fights via KO.

Opposing Garcia will be former IBO lightweight champion Tagoe of Ghana who is coming off a majority decision win over Mason Menard in his U.S. debut back in November 20202. The 33-year old has not lost a bout since his pro debut and has a record of 32-1 with 15 knockouts. Tagoe was a heavy -500 betting favorite at the best boxing sportsbooks when he beat Menard.

Garcia’s Mental Health Issues

Garcia was supposed to fight Javier Fortuna last July 9th in Los Angles but withdrew from the bout in mid-April to “manage his health and well-being”. Fortuna ended up fighting Jojo Diaz and the latter ended up beating Fortuna and winning the interim WBC lightweight title.

Diaz would unify the belt against current WBC lightweight king Devin Haney but lost on points. Haney meanwhile, recently agreed to fight unified lightweight champion George Kambosos who upset Teofimo Lopez last year. With Kambosos holding the WBA, IBF, and WBO lightweight belts, the Haney fight would be for the undisputed lightweight title.

There were rumors of Garcia facing Isaac Cruz, who gave Gervonta Davis a good fight before losing via majority decision last December 5th. However, the preliminary conversations between representatives from the two camps failed to come up with something. Former IBF champion Tevin Farmer was also mentioned as Garcia’s possible opponent.

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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