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’.
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