Sunday, 30 July 2017 05:57

Garcia vs Linares odds: Early favorite is clear

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Last night, Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KO’s) defeated a focused, in-shape Adrien Broner (33-3, 24 KO’s) via a unanimous decision.

The scores were 117-111 and 116-112 (twice).

It was an impressive display of shot selection, technique, speed and discipline by Mikey who outclassed his foe from start to finish.

Garcia, of course, opened as a 5-1 favorite when the fight was announced. However, by the time the fighters entered the ring, the odds were a lot closer even though Mikey was still a relatively strong favorite at 2-1.

“This is definitely one of my best performances ever,” Garcia said. “I think I controlled the fight in the early rounds and I kept the activity up. [Broner] is a great fighter who has great skills. I was the superior fighter tonight.

“It was the timing. I’ve always said I have very good timing. It is underestimated when you are outside the ring, but once you get inside the ring with me, I’m a step ahead.”

So, what's next for Garcia?

In the post-fight interview with Showtime, Garcia insisted he could fight next at 135, 140 or 147 pounds.

Look for Team Garcia will go back down to 135 to face Jorge Linares (42-3, 27 KO), the top lightweight, and then look for superfights against the likes of Vasyl Lomachenko and/or Terence Crawford in Summer 2018.


It would give Mikey a chance to enhance his resume and pick up another decent pay day while his allowing potential superfight showdowns to generate momentum. Hence, Garcia vs Lomachenko or Crawford would be significantly bigger a year from now than in six months.

Early Garcia vs Linares odds
As of July 30, Mikey Garcia is a solid favorite to defeat Jorge Linares as Paddy Power betFair have the same betting line. (Odds from other bettors are expected to be comparable)

  • Mikey Garcia 1/3
  • Jorge Linares 9/4

Hence, a successful $100 bet on Garcia would yield about $33 in profit while the same winning bet on Linares would payout $225.

Linares faces the rough and rugged Luke Campbell (17-1) on September 23.

Jorge Linares highlights

Leroy Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.