Cameron Buford

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Saturday night at Crypto.com Arena in downtown Los Angeles, CA., 22-0 (18 KO’s) Ryan Garcia took on 37-3-1(26 KO’3s) Javier Fortuna in a 12-round Super Lightweight bout. The Victorville native is fighting in front of his hometown market of Southern California native for the eighth time in his young career.  

This fight was Garcia’s second time he’s fought twice in the same year since before the pandemic, as he just beat Emmanuel Tagoe in San Antonio, TX., in April of this year. A solid showing against Fortuna would get him in the conversation as the man to beat at the 140-pound division.

On Saturday night, Garcia outclassed Fortuna for six rounds like many boxing fans likely anticipated. The bigger and stronger Garcia was never in any danger against Fortuna. He used his jab to control the fight. As he stalked Fortuna, he dropped him with an impressive left hand to Fortuna’s ribs, which forced him to take a knee.

There was more of the same in the fifth round, as Fortuna couldn’t avoid Garcia’s jab, which allowed Garcia to control the distance and the tempo. The bigger Garcia continued to pressure Fortuna midway through the fifth round. Garcia pushed Fortuna to the corner and landed a straight right hand followed by a left hand to the orbital bone that sent Fortuna to the canvass for the second consecutive round.

Anyone could see the end was near when after that fifth round. After dropping Fortuna with a body blow earlier, Garcia ended the fight with a combination of punches that ended with a left hook to the temple of Javier Fortuna, which essentially ended his night. During the referee’s eight count, Fortuna, spit out his mouthpiece while down on one knee. Which is the universal saying for “I quit.”

Ryan Garcia forced a veteran boxer to quit tonight. As impressive as that was, I think he overstepped his skies with his enthusiasm in calling out 27-0 (24 KOs) Gervonta Davis. Who’s 17 of his last 19 fights have ended in a knockout. 

Ryan Garcia forced a veteran boxer to quit tonight, as impressive as that was, I think he overstepped his skies with his enthusiasm in calling out 27-0 (24 KOs) Gervonta Davis. “It’s not so much about Tank; the people want me to fight Tank. It could’ve been Devin Haney; if the people wanted Devin Haney. These people stayed out there 30 mins, 40 mins, and an hour after my fight, and their screaming, “’ we want Tank,’” a comfortable Garcia explained after his fight. “I’m going to give the people what they want; or try to.”  

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