- Ryan Garcia is currently a massive -1600 favorite to defeat Emmanuel Tagoe at +850.
- Garcia vs Tagoe will be contested at a catchweight of 139 pounds instead of the lightweight limit of 135 pounds.
- We review the latest boxing odds for Garcia vs Tagoe with a fight prediction to follow.
Ryan Garcia’s most awaited return to the ring is scheduled for April 9 when he meets Emmanuel Tagoe at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, which can be televised worldwide exclusively through DAZN. Tagoe is ranked as the 9th best active lightweight and has a solid record of 32-1. We review why Garcia is the big favorite here and why.
Ryan Garcia vs Emmanuel Tagoe Odds
According to BetMGM Sportsbook, Ryan Garcia is a -1600 favourite to defeat Tagoe. That’s an implied win probability for 94% for Garcia who’s been out of the ring for 15 months by the time April 9 rolls around. His opponent is Emmanuel Tagoe who reigns from Ghanaian. Bet $100 to profit $850 on “The Gameboy” defeating “KingRy”.
Garcia vs Tagoe Prediction
This circumstance in which Garcia (21-0, 18 KO) has been out of commission for 15 months and steps in the ring to defeat Tagoe (32-1, 15 KO) is not all that unusual. And this fight isn’t a title fight or anything like that.
Garcia has seen his fair share of lows these past 15 months. He had to withdrawn from plans to fight Javier Fortuna due to mental health issues. Then he was scheduled to face Joseph Diaz Jr, but a hand surgery put that on ice. Probably the most worrisome was the squabble with Team Canelo and trainer Eddy Reynoso which ended in him relocating to train under Joe Goossen.
Tagoe was identified as a potential Garcia rival in the past. However, he hadn’t been Garcia’s main target upon returning to action, with Issac Cruz being their target instead. When that didn’t work out, Tagoe’s name came up again, and here we are.
Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) last fought in January 2021, when he roared back from getting knocked down to stopping Luke Campbell in the seventh round. Garcia was a -400 betting favorite against Campbell, probably the shortest favorite he had been in his pro-career which started in 2016.
While Tagoe is a top-ten ranked fighter, but he’s not got the resume that Campbell had to hang in there a full 12-rounds with Garcia. While ring-rust could play a part for “KingRy” he will have to maintain his composure against the Tagoe who is now a veteran of the sweet science.
Tagoe has only fought twice outside of Ghana, on April 9 it will mark his US debut against Garcia who’s supposed to be boxings next biggest start. This fight is set-up for Garcia is get back into the swing of things. I’m expecting a big knockout, that will boost Garcia’s confidence and line-up a fight against Haney or Kambosos later this year.
Betting Prediction: Garcia by TKO/KO
Garcia Confident on 139-Catchweight
“This was agreed to long before the contract was signed,” Garcia told DAZN. “Everybody was trying to make it seem like it was just put in right now that we’re doing 139.
“This was already discussed way before we signed the contract. It really has nothing to do with if I can make 135. I know I can make 135. I’m on track to make 135 right now. I’m six pounds away, seven pounds away. So it’s really nothing. But this is smart. It’s not a title fight. We’re just coming back, and we’re gonna make 139.”
The big question is if Garcia wins, who is next for “KingRy”. When you compare his resume to the other active lightweights right now, its quite thin and eventually he will need to start fighting Haney, Davis or Kambosos. While Garcia talks a big game on social media, this fight is what he needs to get back into his rhythm and then back it up with bigger names.
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