By Victor Salazar
Fresh off his unanimous decision victory over Bryan Vasquez and becoming the WBA junior lightweight world champion, Javier Fortuna (28-0, 20 KO’s) was in high spirits, celebrating with some of the Dominican contingent in the Barclays Center of Brooklyn, New York.
“The belt is for all my Dominicans, it means a lot to me,” Fortuna told BoxingScene.com “It goes down in history that I’m a world champion.”
Fortuna has had recent struggles in the past making weight but feels 130 is the place for him.
“I’m more intelligent now in making weight, we know a little more about nutrition before, so he should be comfortable at his weight.”
Fortuna feels he won the fight with his counterpunching and wasn’t at all bother by Vasquez’ punches.
“Counterpunching was the way I won the fight,” Fortuna said. “He connected but he really didn’t hurt me much. All he wanted to do was win on points while I wanted to close the show.”
As for the next move, Fortuna feels the winner of Jose Pedraza and Andres Klimov would be ideal and an easy victory. Pedraza-Klimov takes place on June 13th, for the vacant IBF championship.
“The winner of the fight (Pedraza-Klimov) is an easy fight for me. I fight with whoever wins that fight, easy fight for me. Whatever my team comes up with is he’ll fight.”