By Rick Reeno
Adviser Sampson Lewkowicz has advised BoxingScene.com that super featherweight contender Javier Fortuna (22-0-1, 16KOs) is still very eager to get in the ring with Olympic gold medal winner Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0, 16KOs). Earlier this month, Fortuna suffered a draw in his ten round fight against 2004 Cuban Olympian Luis Franco at the Buffalo Run Casino in Oklahoma.
Gamboa is looking to start a new chapter in his career - by fighting on a regular basis in Mexico. The Cuban boxer met with promoter Pepe Gomez of Cancun Boxing and the two of them plan to work together. Fortuna has no problem going to Mexico to fight Gamboa, but the contracted weight could become an issue.
"Fortuna still wants Gamboa. He would happy to go to Mexico to fight him. In his last fight, Fortuna believes that he was robbed in Oklahoma. He said Franco didn't want to fight and was running for his life for most of the fight. Fortuna wants to prove that he can knock Gamboa out, but the fight has to be at 130-pounds. Gamboa is too small for 135-pounds. He is not a lightweight, and neither is Fortuna, so it makes sense to have them meet at 130," Lewkowicz told BoxingScene.com.