Lightweight Ryan Garcia makes a quick return to the ring to take on Javier Fortuna in Los Angeles in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Garcia was in action just three months ago when seeing off Emmanuel Tagoe in a wide-margin decision victory and The Flash is 1/12 to see off Fortuna, who is rated a 6/1 shot.
At his peak Fortuna would rate as a tough test for Garcia, but the former WBA super-featherweight champion has questions to answer after a poor performance in defeat to Joseph Diaz last year.
Ryan Garcia v Javier Fortuna
Crypto Arena, Los Angeles
Approx 03:00am, Sunday 17th July 2022
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|Odds||Ryan Garcia 1/12, Javier Fortuna 6/1|
The fight will take place in the early hours of Sunday, 17th July.
The card gets under way at 1am and the fighters are expected to ring walk for the main event at approximately 3am.
The bout will take place at the Crypto Arena in Los Angeles. The venue, known as the Staples Center up until the end of last year, plays host to NBA and NHL teams.
Many fights have been held at the arena and the legendary Bruce Springsteen wowed the crowds at the venue in 1999.
The fight will be shown live on subscription streaming service DAZN and will be available in over 200 countries and can be viewed on a myriad of devices.
Garcia is the long odds-on favourite at 1/12. The Flash isn't expected to make any mistake against his experienced opponent, who is 6/1 to cause a mighty upset, with Fortuna 4/7 to be beaten by KO, TKO or Disqualification.
There are no belts on the line, but there is plenty at stake. Garcia is the WBC number two-ranked lightweight and the Los Angeles man has held the WBC interim lightweight title.
The Flash was stripped of that belt, after failing to defend against Fortuna in May and the Dominican boxer will be looking to get back into top-level contention, having previously held the WBA super-featherweight title and WBA interim featherweight crown.
Garcia is unbeaten in 22 professional contests, but many of those have been against low-key opposition. Luke Campbell is the only top-level fighter that The Flash has faced in his career and, while the Los Angeles man got the job done, he was floored by the talented Hull fighter.
That raises question marks about the chin and defence of Garcia. The now retired Campbell was a good boxer, but he didn't carry any real power and it's a worry that Cool Hand Luke was able to knock the Flash to the canvas.
Garcia produced a good victory over Emmanuel Tagoe last time out, but the Los Angeles boxer has fought just twice since February 2020 and that's another worry.
All that said, Garcia is unbeaten, exciting, talented, young and likely to prove a handful for anyone in the lightweight division.
The Dominican banger is a former two-weight world champion and an experienced performer. Fortuna has lost just three of his 41 professional contests and those have come in good level fights.
El Abejon has good wins over the likes of Sharif Bogere and Bryan Vasquez on his record and he carries respectable power.
The concern for the 33-year-old is the worst performance of his career came when losing to Diaz last year. Yes, Fortuna has since gone on to stop Rafael Hernandez in one round, but that was an extremely low-key contest and the Dominican is in far deeper waters against Garcia.
On his best efforts Fortuna could be given a chance of causing an upset, but it remains to be seen if the 33-year-old can still produce peak-level performances.
The WBA flyweight eliminator between Ricardo Sandoval and David Jimenez is the highlight of the undercard. There are also outings for Lamont Roach Jr and Diego De La Hoya.