Despite the fact that Adrien Broner is a four-division world title winner, it is Mikey Garcia that is the favourite for their upcoming fight. The American duo meet at the Barclays Center on Sunday morning, as many predict a classic encounter, with the Diamond light welterweight title on the line.
Despite concerns over the physical condition of Broner, with the American having to pay $500,000 if he does not make the required weight, assuming it goes ahead, the fight is set to attract the attention of boxing fans from around the world. With many bookmakers offering odds on the clash, let’s take a closer look at the two fighters, along with our top betting tip.
Garcia has a jab that can hurt anyone in the division, with his tactics set to give Broner a whole host of issues this weekend. The American is a master at fighting from a distance, releasing his right hand when opponents become frustrated, finding his target with consistent accuracy. Despite not being as pleasing to watch as some, his combinations are also effective for a man with relatively average footwork speed.
With a career record 0f 36-0, with 30 of those victories coming via way of knock-out, Garcia has demonstrated time and time again that he is one of the smartest fighters out there at the moment. The 29-year-old is likely to bide his time against Broner, meaning that he will still be in good condition should the fight go into the final rounds.
Broner undoubtedly has the big fight experience required to pull off a surprise victory, taking the whole pre-match frenzy in his stride. Broner is also somewhat of a slow starter, choosing to maintain his reserves for the latter rounds.
Broner makes use of a quick jab, swift left hook and a strong right hand, while his footwork is perhaps the best in the business. Having previously got himself into trouble on the score cards due to waiting too long to kick into action, Broner will have to get his tactics spot on against Garcia. With a 24-2 career record, Broner has won his last three fights following his defeat to Shawn Porter.
Top Betting Tip
Given his unbeaten record, as well as Broner’s troubles of late, our top betting tip is to back Garcia to overcome Broner on Sunday morning. This can be found at best odds of 2/7 with bookmakers Coral, with any type of win required, whether it be via knock-out or unanimous decision.