Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz would like to congratulate his fighter, Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna (22-0, 16 KOs) of the Dominican Republic for his sensational first-round KO over Mexico's Miguel Zamudio.
Fighting in the main event last Friday (April 19) at the Tropicana Showroom in the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City (and televised live worldwide on ESPN Friday Night Fights), Fortuna came out like a human buzz saw and dropped Zamudio twice, the second time rendering him unconscious for several frightening minutes at 1:08 of the first round.
Unfortunately, Fortuna was unable to made the 126-lb featherweight limit before the fight (he weighed in at 126.6 lbs) and lost his WBA Interim belt on the scale, but the performance against Zamudio was eye-catching enough to cement him as a major force in the division, title belt or not.
Fortuna's promoter, however, says he's disappointed in criticisms from those who said Fortuna and Zamudio didn't belong in the same ring.
"How can anyone make that determination?" said Sampson Lewkowicz. "What Fortuna did to Zamudio is what he did to Yuandale Evans, who was undefeated and many thought was going to beat Fortuna. It's the same thing he did to Cristobal Cruz, a former world champion. It's what he did to Victor Valenzuela, who was 8-0. He did the same thing to Zamudio that he did to two of his last three opponents and there was no questioning their quality as fighters. It's impossible to say based on what we saw if Miguel Zamudio belonged in there. Fortuna would do that to anyone in the division."
Lewkowicz says Fortuna will continue to campaign at featherweight and he will be looking to help him regain his championship as quickly as possible in a high-profile fight.
"Javier was only .6 overweight, and it's possible he could have lost the weight, but even though it cost me money I would not let him risk his health. My fighters are like my children. He will make the weight next time. I am putting a challenge out to the promoters of any world champ or any top featherweight to come and face Javier Fortuna. He is the best of the best at featherweight and he will do what he did to Zamudio to anyone. It really doesn't matter who I put in front of Javier. They're getting knocked out."
Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing will return to Mohegan Sun on Friday, MAY 24 with a sensational ESPN Friday Night Fights card headlined by world ranked contender and fan favorite Delvin Rodriguez in a ten junior middleweight clash against former world title challenger Freddy "EL Riel" Hernandez.
"We're very proud to return to Mohegan Sun with another card headlined by Delvin Rodriguez. Freddy Hernandez is a very tough, experienced, former world title challenger and this fight should provide fireworks from the opening bell," said DeGuardia. "Delvin is always a hot ticket at Mohegan Sun and we encourage fans to purchase tickets in advance for this terrific evening of world class boxing."
Fighting of out nearby Danbury, CT, and known for his sensational all-action fights, Rodriguez has been a staple at Mohegan Sun and on ESPN Friday Night Fights, this being his sixteenth appearance on the network and sixth at the venue.
On February 15, Rodriguez triumphantly returned to the world-class venue with a dominant sixth round stoppage of previously undefeated George "Comanche Boy" Tahdooahnippah which was broadcast on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
Included among Rodriguez' outstanding career performances (27-6-3 15 KO's) is the 2011 Fight of the Year against Pawel Wolak (July 15) from the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The fight was non-stop action in a brutal and historic epic battle. Battling to a draw on ESPN Friday Night Fights in the first bout, Rodriguez shined when they fought the rematch at Madison Square Garden (December 3, 2011) displaying his full arsenal of boxing skills in a dominant victory over Wolak.
Fighting out of Mexico City, Mexico, Hernandez enters the ring with a record of 30-4-0 (20KO's), most recently challenging top rated contender Demetrius Andrade on January25 in front of a standing room only crowd at The Paramount in Huntington, New York as part of the acclaimed Star Boxing's "ROCKIN FIGHTS" series. The always rough and exciting Hernandez was Andrade's toughest test in the ten-round fight the undefeated Andrade won by unanimous decision.
Included among the world champions and other top rated contenders Hernandez has faced are Andre Berto, Erislandy Lara, Luis Collazo, DeMarcus Corley, Mike Anchondo, Jesus Soto-Karass and Ben Tackie.
Advance tickets priced at $95, $45 and $30 (plus a $5 facility fee), can be purchased through Ticketmaster, ( www.Ticketmaster.com , phone 800-745-3000), or through
Star Boxing, ( www.StarBoxing.com , phone 718-823-2000). Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first bell at 7:30 p.m. ET.