This afternoon, Sampson Lewkowicz, promoter of two-time world champion and WBC #2 light-weight contender Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 KOs), is submitting a formal request to the WBC for them to order negotiations to start immediately for Fortuna to face existing WBC light-weight Champion Devin Haney (25-0, 15 KOs).
In his request, Lewkowicz cites the extended sequence of cancelled and declined fights for his best fighter:
After fighting his method to the #1 spot in the WBC ratings closing November, Fortuna changed into alleged to face England’s Luke Campbell in April of this year for the vacant lightweight championship after champion Haney turned into sidelined with the aid of shoulder damage and named a “champion in recess.” although, the COVID-19 pandemic avoided the battle from going on and gave Haney adequate time to get better.
1. The WBC then reinstated Haney as champion and granted him a voluntary protection. They further mandated that Fortuna and Campbell meet for the WBC intervening time lightweight championship and then face the winner of Haney’s voluntary defense instantly after. That arrangement fell via notwithstanding, when Campbell’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, announced he turned into planning to step over #1 contender Fortuna to make a fight between Haney and #2 contender Campbell.
2. With Fortuna now hunting for a brand new opponent, representatives from Golden Boy Promotions offered him a battle against WBC #three-ranked Ryan Garcia, which Fortuna agreed to without hesitation, simplest to be later notified that “Kingry” didn’t wish to face Fortuna.
3. Lewkowicz then organized for Fortuna to face Jorge Linares (forty seven-5, 29 KOs), the WBC #5 contender and a former featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight world champion for the WBC Diamond Belt in August. lamentably, Linares introduced he had COVID-19 a pair weeks earlier than the combat and it turned into also cancelled.
four. considering the fact that then, Haney has gone on to efficaciously make his voluntary defense in opposition t former champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in November and Ryan Garcia is set to face Luke Campbell in January of subsequent 12 months.
5. Fortuna, now the WBC #2 contender after the insertion of former champ Vasyl Lomachenko into the #1 spot, became finally able to find a person to fight and looked sensational this previous weekend whereas stopping difficult Mexican Antonio Lozada Torres in six rounds.
Given these circumstances, group Fortuna believes they’re justified in soliciting for the WBC to grant this request for an instantaneous Fortuna vs. Haney combat. Fortuna has been a #1 or #2 contender for over a year while decrease-rated contenders have secured fights towards each and every other. With Lomachenko tied up hunting for a rematch towards Teofimo Lopez, the Fortuna vs. Haney battle is a fit between champion and purchasable true contender.
“through his complete profession, Javier Fortuna has fought anyone inclined to fight,” talked about Lewkowicz. “He appeared sensational beating Lozada on Saturday and has been a good contender for an extremely long time. He deserves an instantaneous shot at Devin Haney’s championship. i’m bound the WBC will agree that the time has come for his lengthy-awaited title challenge.