Javier Fortuna has spent all of 2020 anticipating to battle for a title or at least in a scenario that could leave him next line.
The stakes weren’t fairly there in the combat he finally, youngsters that not ever stopped the southpaw from acting at a championship level.
Fortuna negated a close 7″ height and 5 1/2″ attain disadvantage towards the 6’1″ Antonio Lozada to crush the Tijuana internal of six rounds Saturday evening from Staples center in los angeles.
Lozada turned into floored in circular one and outgunned over the path of their lightweight scrap earlier than referee Gerald White turned into compelled to stop the competition at 2:34 of round six of their PBC on FS1 main adventure.
Fortuna hadn’t fought in more than a 12 months but didn’t waste every time letting his hands go as soon as the bell sounded to begin the opening round. The Dominican southpaw time and again caught the a good deal taller and longer Lozada with correct hooks and overhand lefts. Lozada found himself trapped along the ropes midway in the course of the round after taking a clear appropriate hook across the chin. An overhand left—in part aided through Fortuna cupping his hand—floored Lozada with simply more than a minute to move in the round.
Time turned into known as near the end of the outlet frame, as a conflict of heads left Fortuna with a cut alongside his correct eyebrow. It didn’t prove to be a factor—nor become it of any subject to world category cutman Mike Rodriguez—although Fortuna chose to container and play protection in a slower paced however nonetheless constructive round two.
Lozada found himself back on the canvas in circular three, although ruled a slip. Fortuna perceived to join with a left hand, although it got here as their toes grew to be tangled.
both boxers have been warned for extracurricular recreation by referee Gerald White, who turned into pressured to continue to be an energetic preference given the universal clash of heads in a battle of southpaw versus orthodox boxer. Fortuna turned into issued a stern warning for hitting on the damage in circular 4, to which the 30-year historic willingly obliged and did his greatest to retain it clean moving ahead.
Fortuna picked up his offensive output in circular five, all while using each inch of the ring. Lozada become left to assume the position of plodder, chasing round Fortuna and lacking wildly with long-reaching correct hands.
A more dedicated strategy via Fortuna become enough to shut the display only one circular later. Lozada straight away found himself on the shielding, his offense completely shut down as Fortuna unloaded with energy punches along the ropes. The sharpshooting lefty cracked Lozada with a appropriate hook to the chin, opening up the floodgates for a series of unanswered blows before referee Gerald White turned into forced to intervene.
Fortuna dominated Lozada (40-5-1, 34KOs) throughout the board, landing 107-of-316 punches (34%) compared to just 45-of-292 (15%) for Lozada who’s now simply 1-3-1 in his last 5 starts on account that an upset tenth round knockout of unbeaten Felix Verdejo in March 2018.
The win maintains alive Fortuna’s hopes of touchdown a light-weight title shot. the former secondary junior light-weight titlist is the necessary challenger to the one hundred thirty five-pound strap at present in the possession of unbeaten Devin Haney (25-0, 15KOs). both have been ordered to combat last fall, most effective for Haney to vacate the belt as a result of requiring shoulder surgery.
Fortuna became due to face England’s Luke Campbell for the vacant title this previous April, best for the adventure to be canceled because of the initial wave of the continuing coronavirus pandemic. The game shutting down as an entire was satisfactory of a loophole for Haney to reclaim his title, leaving Fortuna to discover yet another opportunity.
It become to come in a showdown with former three-division titlist Jorge Linares this previous August, only for Linares to check advantageous for COVID-19. Failure to relaxed a suitable replacement foe to appease sports streaming service DAZN left Fortuna once once more and not using a battle and out of the ring given that a 2nd circular knockout of Jesus Cuellar last November.
Saturday’s win in the third straight for the Dominican contender, who has each intention of chasing a belt in 2021. His most reliable alternative remains Haney, as lineal champion (and unified titlist) Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12KOs) may be tied up with as a minimum one obligatory challenge of his own. Haney is coming off of a 12-circular shutout of Yuriorkis Gamboa previous this month and is angling for a ring return in the first quarter of the new 12 months.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox