Garcia vs. Vargas: Odds: Latest Betting Lines and Trends for WBC Welterweight Fight

The WBC Diamond welterweight title will be on the line on Saturday night, when Mikey Garcia and Jessie Vargas collide in Frisco, Texas.

Former world champions in different weight classes—Garcia held the world champions belts in four divisions, while Vargas reigned in two—the two California natives both arrive into the fight with near-perfect records.

Garcia has won 39 of his 40 professional bouts, including 30 by KO, and his only defeat came against Errol Spence Jr. in March 2019.

The 32-year-old moved up two weight divisions to fight Spence but was comprehensively beat in his debut at welterweight, losing by unanimous decision.

Vargas, meanwhile, has 29 wins in 33 fights, with two draws and two defeats to his name.

Vargas is two years younger than Garcia and has a height and reach advantage, standing at 5 feet 11 inches compared to his opponent at 5 feet 6 inches, with a reach of 71 inches to 68.

Despite the size disadvantage and the fact Garcia has somewhat surprisingly opted to remain at welterweight, bookmakers expect him to come out on top on Saturday.

FanDuel has the former four-division champion as a 1/5 favorite, while Vargas is a 19/5 underdog and the draw is at 25/1. Here's a look at the main trends ahead of Saturday night.

Will the fight go the distance?

While 30 of Garcia's 39 wins have come by KO, bookmakers expect the fight to go the distance on Saturday.

According to Oddschecker, the bout is 1/4 to last 12 rounds and 11/4 to be decided before the final bell.

That is perhaps more to do with Vargas' record. The California native has registered 29 wins in 33 fights, with 18 wins coming by decision.

The 30-year-old has also drawn two of his last three fights, against Adrien Broner in April 2018 and Cuba's Thomas Dulorme six months later.

Method of win

Despite the boxers' contrasting styles, the bookmakers believe the likeliest method of win for both is by decision.

Garcia is 11/25 to win on points, while Vargas is 13/2 to win by decision.

When it comes to the chances of winning by KO, Garcia is a 9/2 favorite, while Vargas is a 9/1 outsider.

Mikey Garcia
Jessie Vargas
Mikey Garcia (L) and Jessie Vargas face off for the WBC Diamond welterweight title on Saturday, February 29.

Round betting

While Garcia's last four fights have gone the distance, the American had developed a reputation as a knockout artist prior to that.

Only two of Garcia's win by KO have occurred past the ninth round and is 14/1 to win between rounds seven to nine on Saturday.

Odds on him stopping Vargas between rounds four and six are slightly longer at 16/1, while Garcia winning in the final two rounds is at 18/1.

Unlike his opponent, Vargas has won the majority of his fights by decision, although he stopped Humberto Soto in his most recent fight in April last year.

Vargas is 25/1 to win between rounds seven and nine, while odds on him stopping Garcia between rounds four and six stand at 28/1.

Jessie Vargas
Jessie Vargas (R) and Humberto Soto (L) exchange punches in their super-welterweight fight at The Forum on April 26, 2019 in Inglewood, California. Vargas scored a sixth-round technical knockout of former two-division champion. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty
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