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DiBella: There's No Way Easter-Fortuna Will Be a Boring Fight

By Keith Idec

Lou DiBella isn’t certain whether Javier Fortuna’s power will be as effective against an elite-level lightweight as it was when he knocked out opponents in lower weight classes.

DiBella does know that the extremely confident Fortuna isn’t bluffing when he says he is coming to take out Robert Easter Jr. on the Errol Spence Jr.-Lamont Peterson undercard Saturday night in Brooklyn. Easter (20-0, 14 KOs) is a 4-1 favorite over Fortuna (33-1-1, 23 KOs), who has held world titles at featherweight and super featherweight.

“Fortuna is gonna go balls to the wall to try to hurt Easter,” said DiBella, the promoter of Saturday’s card at Barclays Center. “I think he feels that’s what he has to do. Therefore, I think you’re gonna see some combustion for as long as that fight goes.”

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The 26-year-old Easter, of Toledo, Ohio, will make his third defense of the IBF 135-pound championship in the opener of Showtime’s doubleheader (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

The 5-feet-11 defending champion owns a five-inch height advantage and a seven-inch reach advantage over Fortuna. Easter has won each of his three lightweight title bouts by decision, but is determined to knock out the Dominican southpaw, who was stopped in the 11th round of his lone loss by former WBA 130-pound champ Jason Sosa (20-3-4, 15 KOs) in June 2016.

“I think Robert Easter is a problem for most people in this weight class,” DiBella said. “He’s very long. Technically, he’s very sound. He can do a lot of things in there. He’s a good, young champion. Fortuna has been talking a tremendous amount of smack. Fortuna has always had power, but he’s moving up in weight. Now, he believes that power is gonna translate and he’s running around prognosticating a knockout.

“I don’t think there’s any way it’s gonna be a boring fight. I think it’ll be a fun fight for as long as it goes. I think the young champion has gotta be favored against a smaller guy. But this is one of those situations where the smaller guy can punch and the smaller guy has got nothing to lose. If he loses, he says, ‘Hey, I came up in weight. I’m the smaller guy.’ If his power really translates at the higher weight, then we might see something interesting.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by wlad1111 on 01-18-2018

Fortuna just can't seem to stay focused throughout the entirety of the fight. He was beating Sosa but got sloppy and Sosa took advantage. Easter is no Sosa and seems to have learned that fighting tall should be his thing.…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 01-18-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18416678]Mikey Garcia is Easter's only hope @ 135, and he just took a pass. However @ 140, Prograis, Barthelemy, Omar Figueroa Jr., and Indongo are all with PBC, and those are good fights! At a minimum, those are all better…

Comment by DuckAdonis on 01-18-2018

Lol dude looks like a ****ing midget next to Easter

Comment by illpapi on 01-18-2018

I didn't like this fight for Fortuna since it was made. The advantages that he is giving up make this a very tough fight for him. I wish him well and I know anything can happen but the odds are…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 01-18-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18416604]No need for Easter Jr to leave the weight, as long as he's making it good, tbh. Folks can't avoid him forever. On top of that, he's already been able to move a ton of tickets for the biggest venue…

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