- Ryan Garcia has opened as the slight betting favorite to beat Joseph Diaz.
- Garcia and Diaz have agreed to fight in a lightweight contest on November 27th in Los Angeles.
- This is the longest odds ever for Garcia and only the third time in Diaz’s career where he has been listed as underdog.
Rising boxing superstar Ryan Garcia has opened as a slight betting favorite against former world champion Joseph Diaz Jr.:
Joseph Diaz (+137)
Ryan Garcia (-189)https://t.co/I4Rbf3yStl
— ProBoxingOdds (@ProBoxingOdds) October 13, 2021
The two Mexican-American fighters have agreed to meet in the main event of a DAZN-streamed event on November 27th in Los Angeles. The fight will go head to head with the scheduled 122-pound title unification between Brandon Figueroa and Stephen Fulton on Showtime.
Garcia’s Struggles With Mental Health
Ryan Garcia has withdrawn from his fight with Javier Fortuna due to struggles with his mental health
We wish him a speedy recovery 🙏https://t.co/O4N2TycaDT
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 25, 2021
The bout will be Gacia’s first since withdrawing from a July bout against Javier Fortuna due to mental health issues. Garcia admitted to suffering from anxiety and depression and he took time off to fight his demons first. With things better now, Garcia looks to return to the ring stronger than ever.
King Ryan is coming off a career-best performance last January when he scored a 7th round TKO of former Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell. The 23-year old is undefeated in 21 bouts with 18 knockouts. However, Diaz will be the first former world champion that he will be up against and as such, will be his biggest test to date.
Garcia has been unchallenged, both in the ring and in the eyes of the best boxing betting sites. He has opened and closed as the betting favorite in all of his bouts and has entered the ring as a favorite of at least -1000 in eight out of his last 10 bouts. His -189 odds against Diaz are the longest odds that Garcia has seen in his professional boxing career.
Diaz Turns Back Fortuna
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) July 10, 2021
After Garcia withdrew from the Fortuna bout, Joseph Diaz Jr. stepped in for him and scored his biggest win to date by defeating Fortuna and winning the interim WBC lightweight championship in what was the 2012 Olympian’s debut at the lightweight division.
Diaz won the IBF super featherweight title by beating Tevin Farmer in January 2020. However, he was stripped of the title before his first title defense against Shavkat Rakhimov last February after missing the 130-pound weight limit by 3.5 pounds. He decided to move up in weight and looked sensational in his debut against a tough out in Fortuna.
The 28-year old Southpaw is 32-1 with 15 knockouts. The only loss of his pro boxing career came against Gary Russell Jr. when he challenged for the 126-pound title. That bout and the one against Farmer are the only two fights in Diaz’s career where he has entered the ring with the plus money sign odds. November 27th will be the third time but Diaz hopes he will finally get a win as a bottom dog.