Javier Fortuna-Luis Franco Close For 8/2 on ESPN FNF

By Mike Coppinger

BoxingScene has been advised by sources close to the negotiations that a deal is imminent to match featherweights Javier Fortuna and Luis Franco on August 2 on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights." The three locations being considered are Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Oklahoma.

Fortuna (22-0, 16 KOs) is quickly establishing himself as one of the biggest punchers in the sport. In his last bout, he scored a highlight reel knockout of lightly regarded featherweight Miguel Zamudio.

Franco (11-1, 7 KOs), a 2004 Olympian from Cuba, would easily represent Fortuna's best opponent to date. Franco, however, is coming off his first pro defeat, an October 2012 split decision loss to Mauricio Munoz.

Mike Coppinger is a regular contributor to USA Today's boxing coverage and is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BendOver on 07-23-2013

[QUOTE=illpapi;13579629]Well, you might be disappointed. I don't know much about Franco but by the looks of it he doesn't have much power and that's a recipe for disaster against Fortuna. Once Fortuna feels Franco's shots are not hurting him it's…

Comment by zuldo on 07-22-2013

Keep dreaming buddy keep dreaming!!!!!

Comment by Cubanborn87 on 07-22-2013

[QUOTE=.:: JSFD26 ::.;13485626]Yea... Can't find myself rooting for Franco in this one. [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from App for Android[/I][/SIZE][/QUOTE] wait until i tell @pepebillete that u are a vende patria lmao

Comment by PACnPBFsuck on 07-22-2013

I'll take Fortuna via 3rd TKO

Comment by Doctor_Tenma on 07-22-2013

[QUOTE=illpapi;13579629]Well, you might be disappointed. I don't know much about Franco but by the looks of it he doesn't have much power and that's a recipe for disaster against Fortuna. Once Fortuna feels Franco's shots are not hurting him it's…

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