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Granados-Fortuna Ends in No-Decision After Freak Accident

By Keith Idec

The fourth round of Javier Fortuna’s fight against Adrian Granados turned disastrous for Fortuna Saturday night in Frisco, Texas.

Referee Robert Chapa deducted two points from Fortuna before Fortuna suffered head and neck injuries once Granados pushed him out of the ring. A ringside physician placed a neck brace on Fortuna and he was taken from the ring on a stretcher.

The fight was stopped at 2:50 of the fourth round and ruled a no-contest because four rounds weren’t completed prior to Fortuna suffering a prohibitive injury due to an accidental foul.

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The Granados-Fortuna fight was the first of the three bouts broadcast by Showtime from Ford Center at The Star, the Dallas Cowboys’ training facility. Granados told Showtime’s Jim Gray that he felt Fortuna was looking for a way out of their fight because he was coming on strong in that fourth round.

The Dominican Republic’s Fortuna (33-2-1, 23 KOs, 1 NC), a former 130-pound champion, made his debut at 140 pounds against Granados (18-6-2, 12 KOs, 1 NC), of Cicero, Illinois.

Chapa deducted a point from Fortuna 45 seconds into the fourth round for trying to head-butt Granados when they entangled against the ropes. Slightly less than a minute later, Chapa took another point away from Fortuna for holding.

Suddenly down two points, Fortuna went after Granados and finally made Granados take a step backward after landing a straight left hand with just over a minute to go in the fourth.

With 20 seconds left in the fourth, Granados pushed Fortuna through the ropes, which caused Fortuna to bang the back of his head an unidentifiable object at ringside. Fortuna remained on the ring apron, flat on his back, for several minutes prior to being wheeled away on a stretcher.

Granados continued trying to smother Fortuna throughout the third round. Fortuna was able to create enough distance to land his overhand left and a left uppercut during the second half of the round.

Both boxers let their hands go and landed several flush punches apiece during an entertaining exchange just before the third round ended.

Fortuna landed a straight left hand that got Granados’ attention with just under one minute to go in the second round. Granados drilled Fortuna with a straight right hand that forced Fortuna to hold him just before the second round ended.

Granados shoved Fortuna to the canvas when there was just under one minute remaining in the first round.

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 Beercules on 06-17-2018

What happened? Anyone have a video? Mother****er fell out of the ring? :lol1:

Comment by JohnP2 on 06-17-2018

[QUOTE=Rbjr77;18868152]Glad I didn't waste time and money to see this crap. Good card. Good middle fight. Mfs don't like PBC but they have back up fights for crap like fights 1 and 3. The arena was horrible. Floor seats suck…

Comment by club fighter on 06-17-2018

[QUOTE=Vlad_;18867964]You meant Fortuna I guess? It was a circus indeed.[/QUOTE] You're right, my bad, the fight was so bad it scrambled my brain on who was who, and which fight I was watching. The Spence/Ocampo mismatch was just as bad,…

Comment by ThatDude44 on 06-17-2018

Fortuna wouldn't have pulled that if the ref had not put him in a whole by taking 2 points. Ref was bogus.

Comment by Vlad_ on 06-17-2018

[QUOTE=nycsmooth;18868803]Did anyone get the feeling like I did that the referee Chapa was trying to be the center of attention and not the fighters from the first 10 seconds he was interjecting himself. You should still be doing six and…

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