Ryan Garcia returns to the boxing ring after a long layoff against Emmanuel Tagoe on April 9. Oddsmakers have Garcia as a massive betting favorite.
After 16 months away from boxing, ‘King Ry,’ Ryan Garcia makes his return against Emmanuel Tagoe, and oddsmakers expect Garcia to take care of business in a big way.
Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) hails from L.A., but he’s a huge draw in Texas. He meets Ghana’s Tagoe at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX, on Saturday, April 9.
According to Wynnbet.com, Garcia is a massive betting favorite at -2000 odds. Essentially, that makes him a 20-1 favorite.
On the flipside, Wynnbet has Tagoe at +1000 odds or a 10-1 underdog. Tagoe (32-1, 15 KOs) only has one loss on his record, which occurred in his debut in 2004.
You usually don’t have a 10-1 underdog with a lone loss, but there are a lot of factors weighing against Tagoe.
Garcia is 23 years old, which is 10 years younger than Tagoe. In addition to youth, the 5-foot-10 Garcia also has a 2-inch height advantage over Tagoe.
Watch Ryan Garcia vs. Emmanuel Tagoe on Saturday, April 9, on DAZN at 9 p.m. ET
Throw in the home country advantage with thousands of fans cheering for Garcia, April 9 could be a tough night for Tagoe.
Even though Garcia hasn’t fought since his January 2021 seven-round stoppage of Luke Campbell, Tagoe has been more dormant. Tagoe last fought in November 2020, winning a 10-round majority decision against Mason Menard.
Garcia has a ton of talent, but obstacles popped up in recent times.
Last April, Garcia stepped away from a fight with Javier Fortuna, citing mental health issues. He was set to return in the fall against Jojo Diaz but injured his wrist and underwent surgery.
Canelo Alvarez openly criticized then-stablemate Garcia while talking to Complex in 2021. Alvarez said Garcia was “wasting his talent.”
Garcia stopped training with Eddy Reynoso, Alvarez’s trainer and is now trained by Joe Goossen.
Regardless of his injury or trainer switch, oddsmakers are backing Garcia.