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Javier Fortuna: I'll Go to Easter's Hometown to Get My Rematch

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Javier Fortuna feels he was “robbed” on Saturday night in Brooklyn.

He’s still willing to travel to Toledo, Ohio, if that’s what it takes to get a second shot at Robert Easter Jr. That’s the proposal the Dominican southpaw pitched following his controversial, split-decision defeat to the IBF lightweight champion in their 12-round, non-title fight at Barclays Center.

“I’ll give him a rematch right in Ohio,” Fortuna said through a translator, “right in his hometown.”

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Two judges – Glenn Feldman (114-113) and Kevin Morgan (115-112) – scored their back-and-forth fight for Easter. One judge, John McKaie, had Fortuna in front following 12 rounds (114-113).

Easter criticized Fortuna for holding and running, but Fortuna’s movement and hand speed caused him problems. Fortuna also appeared to buzz Easter three times during their very competitive fight.

The 5-feet-11 Easter mostly wasted his five-inch height advantage and seven-inch edge in reach by bending over and fighting inside during much of their fight.

“He’s got no punch,” Fortuna said, “he don’t know how to box, nothing. … He’s a little girl. He can’t fight. He don’t got nothing for me.”

Fortuna’s trash talk didn’t faze Easter, who doesn’t see the need to face Fortuna a second time.

“There will be no rematch,” Easter said. “Like I said, we’re unifying these titles, man. I’m tired of fighting these fighters I don’t have to fight.”

If they all can continue winning, Easter (21-0, 14 KOs) wants 135-pound championship unification matches against WBC champ Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) or WBA champ Jorge Linares (43-3, 27 KOs). He wasn’t particularly interested if fighting Fortuna once, much less twice. 

“Fights like this, it really don’t make sense,” Easter said. “I’m ready to unify these titles, man. I’m ready to put the best up against the best. That’s what I’ve been working for and trying to get these unification bouts. All these other fights is unnecessary.”

The Toledo native also pointed to Fortuna’s failure to make weight Friday as another reason not to give him a rematch. Fortuna (33-2-1, 23 KOs, 1 NC) couldn’t get lower than 136¼ pounds, thus their lightweight title fight was switched to a non-title bout.

“That was unprofessional,” Easter said. “He hollering rematch, but you had a chance to win a belt [Saturday night].”

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 kushking on 01-22-2018

I've been saying for ages that Easter is tall garbage.. that's why his bum ass got 2 horrible robberies in a row. I mean ffs hes 5'11" fighting tiny hobbits & still needs to ROB them because he got his…

Comment by TrillScottHeron on 01-22-2018

Easter is not a good boxer/fighter. He is a freak athlete with a fighters mentality. He’ll be handled by the other champions.

Comment by Corelone on 01-22-2018

A lot of these fights are not "rigged" only because they are so mismatched, no need to fix them. Easter was supposed to sleep Fortuna and in this case, the mismatch was not enough. Everybody knows now that Easter has…

Comment by ceylon mooney on 01-22-2018

[QUOTE=DumpkinsPlus5;18427227]I agree 100%. Every close fight is a robbery nowadays.[/QUOTE] that is true, but were also too often too accepting of rigged results. this sport is corrupt and crooked and were too used to it. often us superfans are the…

Comment by DumpkinsPlus5 on 01-22-2018

[QUOTE=Cinci Champ;18427221]i didnt even see it as a robbery like everyone else close fight that could gone either way. we throw around word robbery way to often[/QUOTE] I agree 100%. Every close fight is a robbery nowadays.

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