Ryan Garcia seems to have his subsequent opponent.
A number of shops are reporting that the 22-year-old light-weight contender and Javier Fortuna have agreed to struggle this summer time, though the deal doesn’t seem like official. The date and site haven’t been decided.
The winner could be first in line to face Devin Haney, who holds the WBC’s secondary title. Teofimo Lopez is the sanctioning physique’s champion.
Garcia (20-0, 18 KOs) is coming off a formidable seventh-round knockout of Luke Campbell in January, wherein the Los Angeles-area fighter received up from a knockdown to cease the Englishman with a physique blow.
The social media star reportedly had been in talks to face Manny Pacquiao in an exhibition or sanctioned bout however that struggle by no means materialized. The identical for a matchup with 135-pound rival Gervonta Davis.
As a substitute, he’ll face the succesful, however extra obscure Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 KOs). The 31-year-old Dominican is 3-0 since dropping a cut up resolution to Robert Easter Jr. in his solely main title struggle.
Fortuna is coming off a sixth-round knockout of Antonio Lozada Torres this previous November.
The WBC final month ordered Garcia to defend his belt towards Fortuna, the No. 2 contender behind Vasiliy Lomachenko. The struggle would’ve gone to a handbag bid in two weeks with out the settlement.