Golden Boy Promotions has formally introduced {that a} Light-weight combat between rising star Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) and veteran Javier Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 KOs) will happen Friday, July 9 on DAZN at a location that has but to be decided. 

“Little by little, Ryan Garcia is silencing all the skeptics,” mentioned Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “And the one solution to preserve doing that’s by regularly dealing with harder challenges. Javier Fortuna is an skilled southpaw who might be very slippery when he desires to keep away from punches. It’s a harmful combat for Ryan, however I anticipate him to indicate newer components in his arsenal earlier than ending issues by knockout.”

The 22-year-old Garcia, who will defend his WBC Interim Light-weight title towards Fortuna, has rapidly develop into one among boxing’s most recognizable names. Unbeaten at 21-0, “KingRy” scored back-to-back knockout victories over Romero Duno and Francisco Fonseca earlier than taking over the hardest check of his profession in Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell this previous January. 

Though he was dropped early, Garcia battled again and finally completed Campbell with a vicious physique shot within the seventh spherical. It marked Garcia’s sixth-straight victory by the use of knockout. 

“Fortuna is keen and might be prepared, however so will I,” mentioned Garcia. “Nobody can beat me within the light-weight division, interval. I’m going to indicate the world who I’m.” 

In the meantime, the 31-year-old Fortuna, a local of the Dominican Republic, beforehand held a secondary model of the WBA 130-pound title, which he gained after scoring a unanimous choice victory over Bryan Vazquez in 2015. 

A tricky and skilled southpaw, Fortuna has gained three straight fights, beating Sharif Bogere, Jesus Cuellar, and Antonio Lozada Jr. 

“Ryan Garcia ought to take this combat very critically and practice correctly as a result of he might be dealing with, by far, the perfect fighter of his profession,” mentioned Fortuna. “Hopefully on combat night time, there might be no excuses for his loss. I anticipate this combat to be a conflict whereas it lasts, however I’ve an excessive amount of of the whole lot for Ryan Garcia. His final combat confirmed how simple he’s to hit. And his energy gained’t imply something to me. However mine will put him to sleep.”

The winner of this combat might be subsequent in line to problem the winner of Might 29’s bout between WBC Light-weight champion Devin Haney and former three-division titleholder Jorge Linares. 

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