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 Last update:  4/19/2013       Read more by Mike Coppinger         
   
Lewkowicz: Fortuna Will Become a Sergio Martinez Clone
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By Mike Coppinger

On April 27, Sergio Martinez defends his middleweight crown against Martin Murray in his native Argentina on HBO, but this Friday, Martinez's stablemate Javier Fortuna fights for the first time in 2013, a Friday Night Fights main event against Miguel Zamudio.

Ace boxing talent evaluator Sampson Lewkowicz, who advises both Martinez and Fortuna, feels Fortuna is on the path to reaching Martinez's level.

"Fortuna will be the clone of Martinez in three years," said Lewkowicz of the 23-year-old Dominican  "He is dedicated to his craft, is focused when he is not training in keeping a clean lifestyle and he's a devastating puncher."

On Thursday Fortuna suffered a minor setback when he failed to make weight, coming in at 127 and then at 126.6-pounds. He lost his WBA interim-title on the scale, which Lewkowicz blames on the fighter holding his training camp in the Dominican Republic without the involvement of his head trainer Pablo Sarmiento.

Fortuna (21-0, 15 KOs) is coming off a win over Snooki-promoted fighter Patrick Hyland in the opener of the Manny Pacquaio-Juan Manuel Marquez 4 PPV telecast from December. He's a top contender at 126 pounds but has also competed at 130, a flexibility that gives Lewkowicz many options as he approaches his premium network TV debut.

"I believe he will be the opening bout of a HBO WCB or Showtime Championship Boxing (card) after this fight Friday," said Lewkowicz. "He wants to challenge any 126-pound champion including Mikey Garcia, Daniel Ponce de Leon, Nicholas Walters and non-champions like Gary Russell -- he will beat them all. And he will go to 130 to face Juanma (Lopez) and (Yuriorkis) Gamboa."

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comment by .:: JSFD26 ::., on 04-19-2013
First get him to the right weight class and to make weight... how about that? That was idiotic, to make Fortuna fight at 126. Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android

comment by illpapi, on 04-19-2013
[QUOTE=moonshineman]I think Mike is right. I noticed in Fortuna's last fight, he is copying Sergio's style. Fortuna should remember what happened to Berto when he tried to use Mayweather's sholder roll against Guerrero.[/QUOTE] Actually, if you have not noticed Fortuna has been fighting like t...

Fortuna fights like Sergio
comment by moonshineman, on 04-19-2013
I think Mike is right. I noticed in Fortuna's last fight, he is copying Sergio's style. Fortuna should remember what happened to Berto when he tried to use Mayweather's sholder roll against Guerrero.

comment by rey guey, on 04-19-2013
at this point Gary Russell is almost made himself irrelevant. yes we all know he has a lot of talent but the guy needs to step it up and ducking Luis Franco doesn't help his case. until he actually beats somebody with a pulse all of his talent is a waste. we've seen this before with Andre Berto...

comment by mathed, on 04-19-2013
Fortuna is pretty good but he needs to work on his cardio and combination punching to be anything close to Sergio imo. Jayson Velez fights more like Sergio does than fortuna does I think. With some fine tuning Culcay could be something close to Sergio as well....that guy has a very unorthodox s...

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