Mikaela Mayer breaks down Ryan Garcia’s matchup in opposition to Javier Fortuna

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Ryan Garcia faces maybe his most tough problem when he faces Javier Fortuna at Crypto.com Enviornment in Los Angeles on Saturday night time (DAZN, 8 p.m. ET).For Garcia (22-0, 18 KO), of Victorville, California, and Fortuna (37-3-1, 26 KO), from the Dominican Republic, this 12-rounder is a rescheduling of a light-weight bout that was speculated to occur in 2021, however was postponed when Garcia withdrew to handle his psychological well being.So what would possibly occur when the 2 of them get within the ring? WBO and IBF ladies’s junior light-weight champion Mikaela Mayer evaluates the strengths and weaknesses in each fighters and the way she sees issues taking part in out.Editor’s be aware: Responses have been edited for brevity and readability.What are Ryan Garcia’s strengths?Ryan Garcia, left, is a grasp of distance and makes use of his lengthy attain and top very properly in opposition to smaller opponents. Tim Warner/Getty ImagesHe has top and attain benefits over Fortuna, and he is aware of how you can management distance. He has nice pace, an incredible lead jab and an incredible left hook, which goes to favor him on this combat as a result of going up in opposition to somebody like Fortuna — a lefty — he’s open for that hook all day.I believe Garcia naturally loves that hook, loves that jab. Generally he will get away from that jab a bit of bit. I would wish to see him actually maintain that jab in Fortuna’s face and maintain him on the surface, however he is comfy throwing that hook. If Garcia’s staff ha been watching Fortuna, they must know when Fortuna lets his arms go, he kind of sits on the surface after which waits to assault, after which when he does assault, it isn’t a really tight assault. He is open. He can get caught in between his offense.I count on Garcia and coach Joe Goossen to have checked out that and I believe they will plan on holding their floor and simply catching him with an enormous left hook. Possibly to the physique as a result of Fortuna is a bit of bit shorter so he would not wish to be lacking. He desires to dig proper on the shoulder.What are Javier Fortuna’s strengths?Javier Fortuna, left, was profitable in opposition to Joseph Diaz Jr. when he utilized stress. Sye Williams/Golden Boy/Getty ImagesFortuna is a bit of bit unorthodox. He will get a bit of bit soiled within the ring. He is fought 20 extra instances than Garcia has, so he does have that have on his aspect. He lets his arms go and he will have to do this in opposition to somebody like Garcia as a result of he is not going to wish to stand on the surface with him. He is bought to let his arms go.One factor about Garcia is usually he could be a little bit straight up. That is my largest factor about him. His chin would not keep tucked and he is very straight up and his toes form of come collectively now and again. So in an effort to throw him off his sport, Fortuna actually must maintain that stress on. Do not stand on the surface like he tends to do with some individuals as a result of Garcia will decide him aside with the jab all day.What are Garcia’s weaknesses?As I simply talked about, Garcia’s largest weak point is him being straight up together with his chin useless within the air. I even seen this on social media when he is coaching. I do not know why it is one thing the trainers have not seen or corrected. My coach, Al Mitchell, makes me tuck my chin once I leap rope. Like, “Tuck your chin!” And I am like, “Oh my god, OK.”So his chin is useless within the air and he is gotten caught earlier than. It is form of like how Luke Campbell caught him and knocked him down. You would see how straight up he’s. He is weak for that and I am certain Fortuna’s staff is taking a look at that.He additionally tends to hop straight again generally and while you hop straight again, the mixture of hopping straight again whereas additionally being straight up within the air, that is how one can additionally get caught.What are Fortuna’s weaknesses?Javier Fortuna, proper, lacks pace and motion, and will get open when throwing punches. Sye Williams/Golden Boy/Getty ImagesCompared to Garcia, he would not have a ton of pace. He applies stress nevertheless it’s not essentially the neatest type of stress. He tends to hang around on the surface till he is able to assault and when he assaults, he kind of leaks in together with his punches and they’re extensive. He can get caught in between punches when he is attacking. He tends to maintain his arms low and he would not have a super-tight protection. That is going to make him weak to that left hook from Garcia.He sits again on the surface together with his earmuffs (arms in opposition to his ears) on and he is in search of the assault, however when he assaults, his punches will be extensive. They do not come proper down the center. And while you’re extensive and sluggish, that is while you get caught. I believe he is not as quick as Garcia and that is the place he will be weak, when he is throwing.How does Garcia win?Ryan Garcia, left, has an incredible left hook that could possibly be very efficient in opposition to Javier Fortuna. Carmen Mandato/Getty ImagesHe wants to remain behind that jab. Generally he will get away from the jab within the second half of fights however he is bought an incredible, quick jab. Jabbing after which feinting and coming round with the hook. As soon as he will get that jab getting into his face, he can pretend the jab and are available round with the massive left hook, which I believe is his bread and butter. Additionally utilizing his top and attain benefit. As a result of Fortuna can get a bit of soiled and tough on the within, I do not assume Garcia actually must be hanging in there with him. He has a pointy sufficient jab to remain again on the surface and decide him aside.How does Fortuna win?He has to proceed to press Garcia. He cannot sit on the surface like he does and form of counter that jab and are available. He has to punch whereas Garcia is punching as a result of Garcia’s too quick. He cannot assume, “Let me block the punch after which fireplace off.” Garcia’s going to be out of the way in which. He is bought to catch Garcia whereas he is punching and simply do not let him get in his rhythm. Proceed to press him. Hold that punch depend up and simply get his toes thrown off.X factorIt’s Garcia’s pace. Fortuna simply cannot match it and I believe that is the place Garcia’s energy is available in as a result of he is bought these quick arms and that quick whipping hook. So, I actually assume he is going to have the ability to simply catch Fortuna with that. That is how I see it ending, one left hook.Who wins?I see Garcia stopping Fortuna. The pace and the ability that he has would be the distinction. The ability comes from that pace, the drive and the pace. I simply assume that Fortuna is not the neatest on the subject of assaults and he leaves himself open. Ultimately he will get caught with the left hook. I believe Garcia wins by knockout, I haven’t got a spherical, however Garcia has been popping out rapidly his previous couple of fights. He places the stress on, despite the fact that he is a taller, rangier boxer. I kind of see him doing that once more and I believe the stoppage will most likely come within the first half of the combat.

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