Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna fight results, highlights: ‘King Ry’ scores sixth-round knockout

Javier Fortuna promised that when he steps into the ring with Ryan Garcia, he will prove that Garcia is overrated. Unfortunately for Fortuna, his predictive powers were lacking as Garcia dominated the fight from the opening seconds before scoring a sixth-round knockout to the delight of the crowd inside the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

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

Garcia’s patient long-range offense (23-0, 19 KOs) paid off as Fortuna’s guard steadily climbed, exposing his ribs. Garcia took advantage in round four, landing a crushing left hook to the body that staggered Fortuna before taking a knee for the first knockdown of the fight.

Things didn’t improve for Fortuna in round five as Garcia’s left hand went from body to 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 grimacing heavily as he touched the deck.

The third and final knockdown of the fight came moments after round six as Garcia unloaded a three-hit combination that ended with another left hook and sent Fortuna to the canvas again. This time Fortuna didn’t get up and Garcia got the knockout at 0:27 of the round.

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

Even with what he claims is a permanent increase in weight, Garcia remains focused on a massive fight with one of the other young lightweight stars in Gervonta “Tank” Davis for his next outing.

“100%, I felt much better,” Garcia said. “I’m not going back to 135 for nothing but I’ll fight ‘Tank’ next. If ‘Tank’ wants it at 140. Hey, I’ll tape all the negotiations so you don’t make headlines saying I’m ducking … If he wants it, let’s go. … This will give me the respect I deserve. I’m never afraid. I said I have a competitive spirit in me. I’m going to see that get out when I fight the tank and kick his ass.”

Garcia and Davis have long talked about a potential fight while sharing the lightweight division with other young stars like Devin Haney and Teofimo Lopez, another fighter who recently moved to the 140-pound division.

While Davis ventured into the welterweight division to win the WBA secondary title with a dramatic win over Mario Barrios, it’s unclear if he’d be ready to return to weight considering he’s only five foot five inches. The fight also hinges on the ability of various promoters and networks to find a deal that works for everyone involved.

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Fight card, results

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

Garcia vs. Fortuna scoreboard, live coverage

Garcia ten ten ten ten ten KO 50
Fortune 9 9 9 8 8 43

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