Adrien Broner will be facing Mikey Garcia in a super-lightweight bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, July 29.
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Betting odds at Bovada have Mikey Garcia as the (-450) favorite and Adrien Broner as the (+325) underdog.
When you ask boxing fans what they think of this fight, most will say it is an even contest with both fighters having a decent chance to win. The bookies, however, see this as a mismatch and the opening odds were as high as (-750) for Mikey Garcia, which implies that he wins 88% of the time.
Many, including Broner himself, thought he was not deserving of the underdog status and hopes to prove the Vegas oddsmakers wrong. Gamblers quickly showed their support for Broner and the betting odds have changed and currently stand at (-450).
One of the reasons that Mikey Garcia is such a large betting favorite is because his stock is at an all time high after beating Dejan Zlaticanin by highlight reel KO. While Adrien Broner has not been making headlines since his loss to Shawn Porter in 2015.
Mikey Garcia's style could present problems for Broner in this fight. This is because Broner is a counter puncher who prefers to have his opponents press the fight, while Mikey Garcia is a patient tactician that leaves few opportunities for counters. Mikey Garcia has an excellent jab and will have the advantage from range, so we may see Broner having to walk Garcia down and get on the inside, which is a departure from his usual style.
When all is said and done, this should be an intriguing matchup that might be closer than the betting odds indicate.