All week long, there were questions regarding which Ryan Garcia would show up against Javier Fortuna. Fortuna stirred the pot by calling out Garcia’s skills. Garcia took that personally. Saturday night at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, Garcia proved Fortuna wrong, and then some.
In front of family and friends, Garcia beat Fortuna via sixth-round knockout. Garcia fought like a hungry shark, thanks in part due to the guidance of trainer Joe Goossen.
Garcia took down Fortuna three times, showcasing the power for which fans have come to know Garcia. This was following a delay in the fight (it was originally scheduled for 2021) for Garcia to focus on his mental health. He used that as motivation, not a crutch. In the fourth round, Garcia knocked Fortuna down with a body shot. In the fifth, he landed a counter shot to the face, attacking all over. In Round 6, Garcia landed a huge left hook to the head that took down Fortuna for good.
According to CompuBox, Garcia landed 79 out of 236 shots (34 percent) while Fortuna landed 24 of 115 shots (21 percent). Garcia landed single-digit shots twice, while Fortuna never landed double-digit shots.
The knockout was Garcia’s 19th. Fortuna, a former WBA (Regular) super featherweight champion, is now 2-2 in his last four fights.
After the fight, Garcia called out WBA (Regular) lightweight champion Gervonta Davis for a fight that has been years in the making. He also said he will record all of the negotiations so that there are no “twisted” stories about how the meetings went.
“I’m not going back down to 135 pounds for nothing, but I will fight Tank next at 140 pounds,” Garcia told DAZN’s Chris Mannix during the in-ring interview. “I’m going to record all the negotiations so you can’t say I’m ducking. . . . That fight’s going to give me the respect I deserve.”
When Mannix pointed out that Garcia and Davis fight on different networks, Garcia replied: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
Davis, meanwhile responded to Garcia’s performance with a single tweet.
See y’all the end of the year..#TheONE— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) July 17, 2022
The Sporting News provided results and highlights from Garcia vs. Fortuna. Here’s how it all went down:
Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna live results, highlights
Ryan Garcia takes down Javier Fortuna in impressive fashion
Round 6: A left hook drops Fortuna once again. The fight is over! Garcia takes out Fortuna 27 seconds into Round 6.
Round 5: Garcia continues his attack as Fortuna hasn’t found a true opening yet. Huge jabs land by Garcia. A counter blow puts Fortuna down again. By the ropes, Garcia smells blood.
SN unofficial scorecard: 10-8 fifth for Garcia (50-43 Garcia)
Round 4: Garcia fires off with jabs to open the round. Fortuna is using footwork to glide by Garcia. Garcia lands combinations. He then lands hooks that push Fortuna back. A body shot forces Fortuna down. Fortuna gets back up and tries to fight off the pain. He calls for Garcia to attack him and his hands are down. Another body shot by Garcia lands. Garcia lands a left hook.
SN unofficial scorecard: 10-8 fourth for Garcia (40-35 Garcia)
Round 3: Fortuna starts off with a few jabs. Garcia with combination shots that land, and they sound like they hurt. Body shots by Garcia land. A swinging left hook by Garcia is followed by a jab. Fortuna with a counter hook. Garcia is not pulling the trigger on his power just yet, but it seems like he is warming up.
SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 third for Garcia (30-27 Garcia)
Round 2: Counter jab by Fortuna pushes Garcia’s neck back. Garcia lands a jab of his own. Garcia tries combination shots but Fortuna landed a crisp blow to the body. Fortuna tries landing a big shot but Garcia with a counter to the face. Big hook by Garcia grazes Fortuna. Big jabs by Garcia to end the round.
SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 second for Garcia (20-18 Garcia)
Round 1: Garcia goes for the jab early and almost lands with a hook. He lands a quick jab that pushes Fortuna’s neck back. By the ropes, Fortuna tries to apply pressure. Fortuna lands an overhand shot. Garcia lands a number of jabs. Both try and trade big blows. Fortuna with a jab and lands a hook to the body.
SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 first round for Garcia
11:25 p.m. ET: The main event is finally up next: Ryan Garcia faces Javier Fortuna. The two were supposed to meet a while back, but Garcia had to back out of the fight. A potential fight with Gervonta Davis is on the line for Garcia.
Alexis Rocha dominates, beats Luis Veron via unanimous decision
11:05 p.m. ET: Round 8 was all Rocha to start. Veron came alive later in the round, if only for a little while. Rocha went back to his dominant ways in Round 9. The referee separated the two in Round 10, the first time that happened in the fight. Veron at first had Rocha by the ropes but Rocha quickly ended any doubt. Rocha walked out of Crypto.com Arena with the unanimous decision win (100-90, 100-90, 99-91).
10:45 p.m. ET: Round 4 saw Rocha land a straight jab to the face of Veron. Rocha landed counter shots as he chased Veron around the ring. As Round 5 began, Rocha continued his attack. Rocha started pouring big blows and Veron had no answer for him. Big uppercut by Rocha. Veron’s balance is barely visible. Big body shot by Rocha to start Round 6. Veron looked stiff as Rocha continued to apply pressure. More body shots by Rocha landed.
10:30 p.m. ET: The co-main event is up next. Alexis Rocha will faces Luis Veron. Both scout one another right away. Veron tries combination shots but Rocha starts chasing after him after a while. Rocha has Veron by the ropes to start Round 2 and is very comfortable. Back in the center of the ring, Rocha continues his assault. Veron tries to attack in Round 3, but Rocha blocks all of his major shots. Big shot to the chest of Veron lands. Rocha then lands multiple combination shots.
Lamont Roach Jr. shines against Angel Rodriguez
10:15 p.m. ET: Roach plays it close to the body in the 12th. He continues to attack Rodriguez, who tried to make it somewhat competitive. Roach ends up winning via unanimous decision (116-112, 116-112, 117-111).
9:55 p.m. ET: Roach backs Rodriguez into the corner in Round 7. Rodriguez lands a few combinations that stunned Roach. Other shots, however, aren’t landing. Right hand by Roach lands in the eighth. Roach attacks him with body shots, and now Rodriguez is being pushed back. Roach with multiple body shots that are punishing Rodriguez. While they both exchanged shots, Roach was much more consistent with his blows. Rodriguez lands one of his best shots of the night, a hook, in the 10th. By the 11th, Roach was outlanding Rodriguez by over 100 strikes, per CompuBox.
9:40 p.m. ET: After recovering, Roach goes back to being the aggressor. He lands body shots and an overhand shot. Rodriguez tries to land crisp shots of his own but Roach is avoiding a majority of them. Round 5 sees Roach reach with a jab and connect with inside blows to the body. Right hand by Roach buckles Rodriguez and then he lands a few more shots. Oscar De La Hoya was imploring Roach to continue his attack. Roach uses his jab more in Round 6. He lands a few body shots in the corner.
9:25 p.m. ET: Lamont Roach Jr. vs. Angel Rodriguez is up next on the Garcia vs. Fortuna undercard. Roach aggressively uses his jab to start. He lands a hook that pushes Rodriguez back. Rodriguez lands counter shots to open Round 2. Both trade uppercuts. Rodriguez opens Round 3 with combinations. Roach circles around him and wears combinations of his own. In Round 4, Roach lands a big right to the body and then combination shots. Roach is hit with a low blow and slips on the floor.
David Jimenez def. Ricardo Sandoval in a calculated slugfest
9:10 p.m. ET: Jimenez continues his attack in the 12th. He applies pressure and lands crisp body blows. For the next 30 seconds, the two fighters just decide to put it all out there. Sandoval landed over 240 shots while Jimenez landed 163. Jimenez wins via majority decision (114-112, 114-112, 113-113).
8:55 p.m. ET: Jimenez is hurt in Round 8. Sandoval continues his assault with vicious hooks. By Round 9, Sandoval has a lot of momentum as he chases Jimenez around the ring. Sandoval’s knees buckle after a shot by Jimenez. Jimenez tries to go low, but Sandoval is pressing forward. Right hand drops Sandoval in the 11th, changing the momentum of the fight. Sandoval once again got hurt by a shot with less than a minute left in the fight.
8:35 p.m. ET: Jimenez lands hooks to Sandoval’s face in Round 3 as well as inside uppercuts. He continues to land combinations as he stalks Sandoval. Sandoval lands a late shot as the bell rings, but he does not lose any points. Sandoval is the aggressor in Round 4, and then he lands a below-the-belt shot. Things are starting to get chippy. In Round 6, Sandoval continues to show he is still in the fight by avoiding key shots and landing some of his own. Jimenez goes for uppercuts, but he is landing over 60 shots compared to 100 for Sandoval through seven rounds, via CompuBox.
8:15 p.m. ET: The undercard for Garcia vs. Fortuna has begun. Opening the card is Ricardo Sandoval vs. David Jimenez. Jimenez is aggressive to open the first round, landing combinations and avoiding shots. Sandoval is adjusting in Round 2, but Jimenez is finding his openings. Jabs by Sandoval are landing. Now both are just trading shots, hoping for the other to go down first. Jimenez slips to end the second but not before landing crisp body shots.
Garcia vs. Fortuna fight card
- Ryan Garcia def. Javier Fortuna via 6th-round KO (0:27).
- Alexis Rocha def. Luis Veron via unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 99-91).
- Lamont Roach Jr. def. Angel Rodriguez via unanimous decision (116-112, 116-112, 117-111).
- David Jimenez def. Ricardo Sandoval via majority decision (114-112, 114-112, 113-113).