Pretty boy pugilist Ryan Garcia faces one of the toughest tests of his career this evening (July 16, 2022) when he faces former champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California.
MMAmania.com Below will be live coverage of tonight’s main card, including round-by-round coverage of the main event. The DAZN broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. ET, with Garcia and Fortuna walking closer to 11 p.m. ET.
It marks Garcia’s second appearance after a 15-month layoff and he will be looking to erase the memory of a humiliating finish to April’s win over Emmanuel Tagore. Fortuna figures to at least make him work for it, as he gave JoJo Diaz a good fight in 2021.
The rest of the main card features rising welterweight, Alexis Rocha, and sacrificial lamb, Luis Veron, as well as a pair of WBA eliminators pitting Lamont Roach Jr. against Angel Rodriguez and David Jimenez and Ricardo Sandoval.
Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna — Garcia def. Fortuna by KO at 0:27 of the sixth round
Alexis Rocha vs. Louis Veron – Rocha def. Verone by unanimous decision (100-90 x2, 99-91)
Lamont Roach Jr vs. Angel Rodriguez — Roach def. Rodriguez by unanimous decision (116-112 x2, 117-111)
Ricardo Sandoval vs. David Jimenez — Jimenez def. Sandoval by majority decision (114-112 x2, 113-113)
140 lbs.: Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna
First Round: Trading begins. Garcia looking for left hooks. Sharp straight right. Body shot. Garcia is still mixing up the jab and hook. Fortuna has trouble on the range, eats a hard right cross and comes back with a combination. He punches in the clinch halfway through. Garcia’s lead rights. Fortuna tries to rally, and succeeds. Garcia follows up with a straight right potshot. Fortuna lands a left hook as he circles. Fortuna comes back with an overhand left. 10-9 Garcia.
Round two: Fortuna lands a left down. Jab above. Looking left hook from Garcia. Still looking straight potshot. They trade lefts to center, then Garcia rocks Fortuna with a straight right that sparks a hit at halfway. Sharp left hook from Garcia, then a right to the body. 1-2-3 lands clean, clinch. Fortuna drops an overhand left. 10-9. 20-18 Garcia.
Round three: More straight rights from Garcia. Fortuna lands a left. Garcia tries a 2-3 on the ropes and lands jabs. Direct rights. Fortuna hits the ropes halfway through. Garcia fires a combo and wins. Left hook. Straight through the guard. Counter left Fortuna falls short, followed by a decent right hook. 10-9, 30-27 Garcia.
Round four: Garcia is still sitting out of Fortuna’s range and firing straight rights. Fortuna tries an overhand left. Solid double right from Garcia, trying to follow up with a combo. Garcia presses the advantage with Campos. Nasty left hook to the body sends Fortuna to a knee. He spits out the gag to buy more time. Garcia follows forward. Fortuna tries to strike with her hands down. Solid body shot from Garcia on the ropes. Right hand behind that, hard left hook upstairs. Additions landing. 10–8, 40–35 Garcia.
Round five: Early counters from Garcia. Left hook around the guard, then one to the body. Right hook by Fortuna. Garcia’s direct rights. A brutal 2-3 put Fortuna down again in a slightly late reaction. Again he hits the count. Garcia looks to open the ropes. A nice right hook from Fortuna. Garcia is patient and Fortuna is mobile. 10-8, 50-43 Garcia.
Sixth round: Fortuna comes out aggressively, but gets dropped a third time via a left hook. He no longer wants to and takes over the account.
Final Result: Garcia def. Fortuna by KO
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