January 21, 2021
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Don’t sleep on Javier Fortuna at light-weight

Don’t sleep on Javier Fortuna at light-weight

by means of Joseph Santoliquito

It seemed bizarre on the time, when Javier Fortuna pulled his hood over his head and curled up on the canvas like he was in a position for a nap. He just stopped Antonio Lozada for his third-straight victory, and the former junior lightweight titlist did it on countrywide television Saturday night, as the leading event on the FS1 PBC fight evening card.

probably Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 knockouts) turned into sending a message with the gesture to the leisure of the one hundred thirty five-pound contenders out there: Don’t sleep on him.

The 31-12 months-historical Fortuna stopped Lozada (forty-5-1, 34 KOs) at 2:34 of the sixth circular and made it seem to be effortless, amid a number of Dr. Suess’ personality expressions.

He outlanded Lozada 107(29 body pictures)/316 to 45(3)/292. He related on greater than double Lozada’s vigor punches (94/198 to 40/181).

It had been a 12 months and 20 days due to the fact that Fortuna last fought, but if there changed into any ring rust, it certainly wasn’t evident.

based on his dominance of Lozada on the Staples middle in l. a., California, Fortuna’s identify needs to be under consideration for a probable 2021 title battle with WBC secondary titlist Devin Haney or world light-weight champion Teofimo Lopez.

Lozada, a 6-foot lightweight, looks to be a mere shell of the fighter who once upset unbeaten Felix Verdejo in March 2018 by means of 10th round knockout. due to the fact that then, he’s gone 1-3-1 in his closing 5 fights.

Lozada couldn’t hold Fortuna off of him. Fortuna threw large appropriate hooks, blunt head pictures, difficult physique pictures. Lozada didn’t where to turn.

at last, in the sixth, Fortuna snuck in a left to Lozada’s chin. Seconds later, he landed a correct hook, inflicting Lozada to retreat to the ropes. Fortuna adopted, landing a barrage of punches, forcing referee Gerald White to look closely.

Then, after a head-snapping straight left, White knew the conclusion arrived. He greatly stepped in to cease it at 2:34 of the sixth.

On the undercard, Austin Dulay (14-2, 10 KOs) scored a unanimous 10-round victory over Jose Luis Gallegos (19-10, 14 KOs) and 18-yr-historical light-weight Fernando Molina (three-0, 2 KOs) went beyond three rounds for the primary time to beat Jose Zaragoza (5-4-1, 2 KOs).

Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sportswriter who has been working for Ring magazine/RingTV.com for the reason that October 1997 and is the president of the Boxing Writers affiliation of the united states. He can also be followed on twitter @JSantoliquito.

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