Fight Results Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna Highlights: “King Ry” scores in the sixth round

Javier Fortuna promised when he stepped in the ring with Ryan Garcia he would prove Garcia was overrated. Unfortunately for Fortuna, his predictive power was lacking as Garcia dominated the fight from the opening seconds before scoring a sixth round KO to the delight of the crowd at Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena.

Fortuna (37-4-1, 26 KOs) never managed to get anything going offensively in the fight and struggled with Garcia’s length as the 23-year-old worked from behind a stiff jab and long straight right hands.

Garcia’s patient long-range attack (23-0, 19 KOs) paid off in big ways as Fortuna’s guard steadily closed in, baring his ribs. Garcia capitalized on this in the fourth round, landing a crushing body left hook that staggered Fortuna before taking a knee for the first knockdown of the fight.

Things weren’t going any better for Fortuna in the fifth round either, as Garcia’s left hand traveled from the body back to the head. One of those left hooks caught Fortuna flush, sending Fortuna to the canvas for the second time in the fight, with the Dominican veteran flinching violently as he hit the deck.

The third and final knockdown of the bout came just moments after round six when Garcia unloaded a three-punch combination that ended with another left hook, sending Fortuna to the canvas once again. This time Fortuna didn’t get promoted and Garcia was awarded the knockout at the 0:27 mark of the round.

Although both fighters normally fought at lightweight, at the request of Fortuna camp the fight was contested at super lightweight. After the fight, Garcia made it clear that he was so comfortable with the weight that he would not return to the lightweight division.

Even with what he claims is a permanent weight gain, Garcia’s next outing is focused on a massive fight with one of the other young stars of lightweight Gervonta “Tank” Davis.

“100 percent, I felt a lot better,” Garcia said. “I’m not going back to 135 for nothing, but I’m going to fight ‘Tank’ next. If ‘tank’ wants it at 140. Hey, I’ll record all negotiations so you guys don’t make headlines for saying I’m ducking. If he wants it, let’s get it. … That will earn me the respect I deserve. I am never afraid. I said I have a competitive spirit in me. You’re gonna see that come out when I fight Tank and whistle in his ass.

Garcia and Davis have long discussed a possible fight while sharing the lightweight division with other young stars like Devin Haney and Teofimo Lopez, another fighter who recently moved to the 140lb division.

While Davis ventured into the super lightweight division to win the second WBA title with a dramatic win over Mario Barrios, it’s unknown if he would be ready to return to weight given he’s only 5’1″. The fight also depends on various promoters and networks being able to work out a deal that works for everyone involved.

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Battle Map, Results

  • Ryan Garcia defeated. Javier Fortuna via sixth round knockout
  • Alexis Rocha defeated. Luis Alberto Veron by unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 99-91)
  • Defeated Lamont Roach. Angel Rodriguez by unanimous decision (116-112, 116-112, 117-111)
  • David Jimenez defeated. Ricardo Sandoval by majority vote (114-112, 112-114, 113-113)

Garcia vs. Fortuna Scorecard, Live Coverage

Garcia 10 10 10 10 10 KO 50
luck 9 9 9 8th 8th 43

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