In The Sixth Round, ‘king Ry’ Knocks Out Javier Fortuna In Ryan Garcia Vs. Javier Fortuna Fight Results, Highlights
There was no doubt that Garcia put on a good performance in Los Angeles when he dropped Fortuna three times on Saturday night.
In his promise to prove Garcia was overrated if he stepped into the ring against him, Javier Fortuna promised he would be able to put Garcia to the test. Sadly for Fortuna, he was unable to make the right call in the fight as Garcia, who controlled the fight from the moment it began, knocked out Fortuna in the sixth round in front of a record crowd inside Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
The 23-year-old Garcia was able to work behind a stiff jab and long straight right hands from Fortuna’s right hand, but never managed to open up an offensive attack. Fortuna (37-4-1, 26 KO) had trouble dealing with the 23-year-old’s length in the fight.
Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) was patient enough to strike at Fortuna from a long distance as Fortuna’s guard slowly came up, exposing his ribs to the open air. That was exactly what Garcia took advantage of in his fourth round, landing a crushing left hook to Fortuna’s body that sent him reeling before he took a knee to be knocked out for the first time in the fight.
Garcia kept moving his left hand from his body back to Fortuna’s head in the fifth round, so things did not get better for Fortuna. The left hook that caught Fortuna flush came in the second round of the fight, sending the veteran Dominican to the canvas for the second time in the fight, and the veteran was seen wincing as he hit the canvas.
In the sixth round, just moments into the fight, Garcia delivered his third and final knockdown of the fight, this time with a three-punch combination that ended with another left hook that sent Fortuna to the canvas yet again. The knockout was awarded at 0:27 of the round as Fortuna was unable to rise from the canvas this time.
The fight took place at super lightweight after Fortuna’s camp requested that it be contested at that weight level despite both fighters normally campaigning as lightweights. Garcia made it clear after the fight that he did not plan to return to the lightweight division as he was so comfortable at this weight and he had no intention of doing so.
Despite what he says is a permanent move up in weight for Garcia, he remains focused on the upcoming bout that he has scheduled against Gervonta “Tank” Davis, one of the most promising young stars of the lightweight division.
As Garcia stated, “I felt way better than I had in a long time.”. In the meantime, I will still fight Tank at 140 if that is what he prefers. If he wants it, let’s get it. If he wants it, let’s get it. … I’m never afraid. You’ll see that when I fight Tank and whoop his ass.”.
During the last few weeks, Garcia and Davis have been discussing a potential fight while sharing the lightweight division with other young stars like Devin Haney and Teofimo Lopez, another fighter who moved from the lightweight division to the 140-pound division a short time ago.
Despite Davis winning the WBA’s secondary title with a dramatic win over Mario Barrios in the super lightweight division, it’s not clear if he will be willing to return to the weight class given that he is only five feet five inches tall. Furthermore, the fate of the fight will also be determined by the ability of various promoters and networks to work out a deal that is beneficial to all parties concerned.
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Results of the fight
Ryan Garcia defeats Javier Fortuna via knockout in the sixth round
Alexis Rocha defeats Luis Alberto Veron by 32-1 (100-90, 100-90, 99-91) after a unanimous decision
Lamont Roach defeated Angel Rodriguez (116-112, 116-112, 117-111) by unanimous decision
David Jimenez defeated Roberto Sandoval (114-112, 112-114, 113-113) in a majority decision.
Garcia vs. Fortuna scorecard, live coverage