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  Garcia Drops & Stops Fortuna In 6

By Albert Castillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez


From the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Productions put together a card featuring extremely popular Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (23-0, 19 KO’s). Garcia did not disappoint knocking out Javier Fortuna (37-4-1, 26 KO’s) at 20 seconds of the 6th round. Unfortunately, Fortuna was not the beast he displayed against JoJo Diaz. He was far less aggressive and did not pursue Garcia but once during the entire battle.

Before the knockout Garcia dropped Fortuna in the fourth round with a left hook to the body. Fortuna went down and spit out his mouthpiece to buy himself more time. The bell rung and he staggered back to his corner. In the fifth round Garcia dropped Fortuna once again with a right hand. Fortuna got up again but did not attempt to make a fight of this contest. He was content to circle and retreat for the most of the fight.

Finally in the sixth round Garcia put Fortuna down for good with a right-left combination. Aside from the knockout and knockdowns, an additional highlight was when Garcia displayed amazing hand speed which drove the crowd wild.

“I want to thank God first and foremost,” said Ryan Garcia. “I know that I performed well for myself. I was crisp, sharp and I stayed in my truth. I didn’t do anything crazy. I know how good of a fighter I am, I just had to put it all together, just like tonight. Fortuna hit hard, he has a hard fist. Like I said when I fight stronger opponents, I box better. Yes, I caught him with a body shot. He thought I was going for the head but I switched it on him. I felt he was going to throw the Luke Campbell shot [the shot that dropped Ryan against Campbell]. I feel like everyone is going to try to hit me with that shot. I hit hard so it doesn’t take much to hurt someone.”

“It felt like [I made] a statement to come back to the timeline I was at. Mental health is a time to reflect on yourself and get better for the future. That’s not weakness, that’s strength! That’s courage! You saw me today when I stepped in the ring. That’s nothing but courage and skill.”

“I felt way better at this weight. I’m not going down to 135 for nothing. But I will fight Tank next if he wants it at 140. I’ll make sure to record all the negotiations so you can’t say I was ducking. I want that fight because it’s going to give me the respect I deserve. I’m never afraid. I have a spirit of competition in me and you’re going to see that come out when I fight Tank and whoop his ass.”

In this WBA Super Featherweight Title Eliminator match up, Lamont Roach (23-1-1, 9 KO’s) outlasted Colombian, Angel Rodriguez (20-2, 10 KO’s) winning a unanimous decision and earning himself a title shot. The contest was typical of light hitters who occasionally connected but could not shake up the other amid fans relentless booing.

However, Roach landed a crisp right hand on the jaw that buckled the knees of Rodriguez and the fans went from jeers to cheers. But Roach couldn’t close the deal and the bout went an uninteresting 12 rounds. To Roach’s credit he did pursue Rodriguez the entire fight but their styles did not make for a good fight. Judges scorecards read 117-111, 116-112, and 116-112 all in favor of Roach.

The DAZN TV opener featured Rialto’s Ricardo Sandoval (20-2, 15 KO’s) and Costa Rican David Jimenez (12-0, 9 KO’s) in a WBA Flyweight Title Eliminator bout. This hotly contested rumble was difficult to score as both fighters put together solid performances on both offense and defense. In the seventh round without a warning, referee Thomas Taylor took a point away from Jimenez for holding.

Then, in the eleventh round Jimenez dropped Sandoval with a right hand. Sandoval quickly recovered. In the 12th round both fighters came out swinging for the knockout. Neither accomplished the feat. In the end the judges scored it 114-112, 114-112, and 113-113 for a majority win decision for David Jimenez.

“I’m happy and grateful for this new victory,” said David Jimenez. “We executed our game plan perfectly. In the first 6 rounds it was a lot of movement and aiming. After the sixth round I started to take advantage. My rival was very tough and stubborn. He has a lot ahead of him. I'm going to go home after this victory and spend time with my family then get back into the gym.”

“I felt like I was boxing him correctly so I feel very good,” said Ricardo Sandoval. “I was also countering him downstairs and upstairs. But you know these things happen. I felt like I won the fight. The people won tonight and got one hell of a fight.”

In the Co-Main event for the vacant WBO Organization NABO Welterweight Title, the pride of Santa Ana, CA, Alexis Rocha (20-1, 13 KO’s) dominated Luis Alberto Veron (19-5-2, 9 KO’s).

Veron appeared over matched as Rocha took the fight to him and Veron never wanted to mix it up. Rocha fought a perfect fight setting up his jabs with well-placed combinations. Not the most exciting fight but a good workout for Rocha who continues on the road to a world championship. Judges scored it 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91 all in favor of Rocha.


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