Ryan Garcia vs Javier Fortuna. This Saturday night, July 16th, 2022, Ryan Garcia took on former WBC super featherweight champion Javier Fortuna in the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California.
Gracia was coming off a unanimous decision victory against Emmanuel Tagoe in April of this year, a victory that left some fans disappointed the fight went to the judges. It is of note that Garcia had been out of the ring for sixteen months prior to the Tagoe fight. In his second appearance since that layoff, the judges’ score cards were not required.
From the first exchange, it was clear Garcia would have the speed advantage against the veteran, Fortuna. Garcia wasted little time letting his offence go, dropping Fortuna in the fourth round with a left hook to the body. From there on out Ryan Garcia would show his ability to close out a fight, sending Fortuna to the canvas again in the fifth round before dropping Fortuna with a left hook to the head in round six for the final time before the fight was waved off.
Ryan Garcia Knocks Out Javier Fortuna
An impressive performance after his initial return left some fans with questions. Ryan Garcia improves to 23-0 (19 KOs) while Fortuna falls to 37-4 with this being his second career knockout loss. He was able to hurt and close out a former champion and seasoned veteran in Fortuna, showing he is ready for another step up in competition.
In his post-fight interview, Ryan Garcia revealed he is not planning on returning back to the 135lbs/61kg lightweight division and is already eyeing his next opponent.
“I’m not going back down to 135lbs for nothing, but I will fight Tank next at 140lbs. I am going to record all the negations so you can’t say I’m ducking. That fight’s going to give me the respect I deserve.”
Fans have been calling for the match-up for years and after that performance and moment on the mic, the fight is looking more of a real possibility than ever before. Gervonta Davis 27-0 (25 KOs) is no stranger to the 140lbs division, as he defeated champion Mario Barrios in 2021 via TKO to win the WBA super-lightweight title.
Davis seemed to respond to this call out, as after the fight concluded Gervonta Davis took to Twitter to say
“See y’all at the end of the year… #theONE.”
With both fighters seemingly willing to put their undefeated records on the line, in one of the biggest matchups that could be made in all of boxing, one can only hope both parties are able to get the deal done behind the scenes.
A clash between two of the most talented young stars in the sport would be another massive moment in boxing history.
By Max Rhoades