Javier Fortuna: I Want Mikey Garcia, He is a Coward!

By Answon Wainwright

In late May, junior lightweight contender Javier Fortuna headlined an event from the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Tthe recently turned 25-year old took on grizzled Mexican Juan Antonio Rodriguez.
Though Fortuna’s greater class pulled through, winning a ten round unanimous decision 98-91 on all three judges scorecards, the Dominican Republic fighter's face told a different story. Fortuna was given a tougher time than expected, getting cut early.
“I feel very good and happy after I beat Juan Antonio Rodriguez,” Fortuna told “He is a strong boxer and puncher I would like to fight the best of the 130."
The unbeaten Fortuna (25-0-1, 18 knockouts) doesn’t need much prompting when asked who’s he’s targeting at 130.
“I especially want Mikey Garcia, who is a coward.” he said.
Following a family trip to Puerto Rico to recuperate from the cuts and swellings which he suffered in the Rodriguez bout, Fortuna took time to speak with - You outpointed Juan Antonio Rodriguez over ten rounds in late May, tell us about that fight?
Javier Fortuna - I feel very good and happy after I beat Juan Antonio Rodriguez, he is a strong boxer and puncher. I would like to fight the best of the 130 and show the best of my skills because I like to fight the best. - Thought it is early, what would you like to do next? Are you targeting anyone in particular?

JF - I especially want Mikey Garcia who is a coward. - A couple of years ago you were on an impressive run, stopping fellow prospect Yaundale Evans and former champion Cristobal Cruz. Those wins earned you a spot on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez 4. You fought Patrick Hyland, winning a twelve round decision, though didn't really impress?

JF - (The) Patrick Hyland fight was a good fight that he is a good fighter and a tough style for any boxer. I beat him in 12 rounds and did the best to win by knockout but failed. I used my boxing skills to win by points. - Beating Hyland earned you the WBA 126-pound Interim title, you lost it on the scales in the very next fight and then you fought a draw with Cuban Luis Franco. At that point would it be fair to say you lost momentum?

JF - The fight was a good fight Franco and I learned a lot with that. Franco is a boxer with many years of experience but does not hit hard. I would like to fight him again to show the experience and skills I have gained in boxing. - What did you change in your career at that point?

JF - In my career I gained a lot experience. That is good for my career, to continue to learn. - Since then you've won three fights, do you feel you've matured more as a fighter and are now ready for the bigger challenges?

JF - I feel that I've matured and learned now to accept all challenges that come to me. I've never denied anybody. - Fighters from the Dominican Republic aren't known as ticket sellers in America, how do you intend to change that?

JF - I'll change that with performance and style in the ring and show my homeland and the US television audience that I put on a great performance. - Tell us about your team?

JF - My handler is Caesar Mercedes and promoter Sampson Lewkowicz and my coach is Hector Bermudez. My team is a very good and I am very happy to be working with them and they are happy with me. - What are your goals in your boxing career?

JF - My goal is to always be in there with the best and always stay active and be a champion for many years. - In closing do you have a message for the junior lightweight division?
JF - This message is for the entire world. I do not want any excuses and I'm willing to fight with all of them [at my weight].
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LouIE G on 08-13-2014

Fortuna would make an interesting comeback fight....but he would get whooped too.

Comment by PACnPBFsuck on 08-13-2014

Hashtag Easy Money

Comment by Cuban Linx on 08-13-2014

That would be a decent fight. Fortuna would obviously lose, but at least he would show up to win and make the fight entertaining unlike Garcia's last couple opponents.

Comment by Bigg Rigg on 08-13-2014

[QUOTE=Divine Hammer;14851938]I used to be a big fan of mikey but after his blatant duck of Gamboa, I can't be a fan anymore. Maybe boxing isn't for mikey anymore. I think he should pursue his career as a cop.[/QUOTE] Totally…

Comment by I.R.I.E on 08-13-2014

I think JF is too green for Mikey. But F it put him in there with him.

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