Mikey Garcia v Adrien Broner: Unbeaten Garcia will face big problems

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What an absolutely fascinating fight we have in store at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. It may be a non-title bout but Mikey Garcia v Adrien Broner should be a corker.

Garcia steps up to the 140 mark for the first time in his career to put his unbeaten record on the line against the dangerous, enigmatic Adrien Broner.

This is a gutsy move by the 29-year-old Californian. To take on a fighter like Broner – undefeated at junior welterweight – who will be the bigger man, takes balls.

Our traders aren’t worried, though, making him a hot favourite at 2/5 to win, with his opponent a 15/8 shot.

Both these fighters are fairly evenly matched in most departments. They both have power, speed and granite-like chins.

Garcia is probably the more technically-skilled between the pair, though, with arguably a little more punching power having knocked out 30 of his 36 opponents.

After taking a 30-month break, his last two wins were superb,  stopping Elio Rojas and Dejan Zlaticanin in devastating fashion.

Broner represents a different kettle of fish, although it’s hard to predict which version of the ultra-talented fighter will turn up.

He’s not looked great in his two previous fights, beaten by Marcos Maidana and Shawn Porter. That was a weight class up, though, so a move back down to junior welterweight here will suit ‘The Problem’.

The 15/8 odds on Broner look serious value, but maybe it’s better to err on the side of caution and the price on Garcia to win on points at Evens.

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Cian Carroll

Starting life as a football columnist for his local paper in Dundalk, Cian has written for a number of media outlets with pieces published in The Birmingham Mail and Spain’s El Mundo Deportivo. A lover of football, GAA, boxing, rugby and MMA, he’s a big Aston Villa and Dundalk fan. He can be regularly spotted on various mountain tops.