World Boxing Council interim lightweight champion, Ryan García (21-0, 18 KO’s), will defend his title against former champion, Javier “El Abejón” Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 knockouts), on Friday July 9 at a venue to be announced.
“Little by little Ryan Garcia is silencing all the skeptics. And the only way to keep doing it is if he continues to face tougher challenges. Javier Fortuna is an experienced southpaw who is an elusive fighter. The fight is dangerous for Ryan, but I think he will show new elements in his arsenal, ” Oscar de la Hoya said, Golden Boy Promotions president.
Since working with Eddy Reynoso, Ryan has improved his technical skills, scoring important victories in his last six fights, including a spectacular knockout victory over Britain’s Luke Campbell to capture the WBC interim lightweight title.
“Fortuna is eager and will be ready, but so am I. No one can beat me in the lightweight division. I’m going to show the world who I am, ”García said.
Fortuna is a 31-year-old southpaw who is currently ranked No. 2 by the WBC in the lightweight division. The fighter from the Dominican Republic is an experienced boxer, and a former world champion who has only one loss in his record.
“Ryan Garcia must take this fight very seriously and train well, because he will be fighting a boxer who is far better than his previous opponents. I hope that on the night of the fight there will be no excuse for his defeat. I believe that this duel will be a real war and I will show that I have too complete an artillery to defeat any lightweight, “said Fortuna.
The fight, which is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, will be broadcast on DAZN.N.