Ray Beltran vs. Javier Fortuna Eliminator Eyed By Lewkowicz

By Steve Kim

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz read with a great interest a recent story on that talked about Ray Beltran's yearning to face WBC lightweight champion, Mikey Garcia.

"You put a nice article about Raymundo Beltran, that he wants to fight Mikey (Garcia). OK, the next available contender is Javier Fortuna and Javier Fortuna read the article and he told me to tell the writer, 'please tell him that if (Beltran) wants Garcia, Beltran has to get through me first," said Lewkowicz, who represents the southpaw.

Fortuna (32-1-1, 23 KO's), who last fought on June 24th in his native Dominican Republic (blowing out Mario Beltre in two) is scheduled for another tune-up according to Lewkowicz. But it's clear who they want next.

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"If Beltran wants to have a shot at Garcia, I personally guarantee he need to fight Javier Fortuna. This is the words of my fighter - 'Lets see what kind of 'pantalones' he has to face me.'"said Lewkowicz.

While the WBC 135-pound title is held by Garcia (who recently out-pointed Adrien Broner at junior welterweight on July 29th), the number one contender was Luke Campbell, who is scheduled to face WBA belt-holder, Jorge Linares, on September 23rd.

Lewkowicz believes an eliminator between Beltran and Fortuna as the two highest rated contenders is in order.

"That's correct," he affirmed, "if he really wants the fight against a great champion like Mikey Garcia he needs to fight the next available contender because they're one and two. It needs to be Javier Fortuna in an elimination bout."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sammybee on 08-10-2017

Easter jr should try and unify with the other champions.

Comment by daggum on 08-10-2017

[QUOTE=Corelone;17935252]It will be a step up for Easter.[/QUOTE] easter needs to step down. debatable wins over commey and shafikov. seems like another broner/berto here cept with no cushy hbo budget to finance his fights. just bad timing

Comment by illpapi on 08-10-2017

[QUOTE=FinitoxDinamita;17935659]Fortuna can crack but dude is one dimensional as they come. He is a one trick Pony and beltran would beat his azz as long as he dont get careless.[/QUOTE] :nono: As one dimensional as they come? Fortuna may be…

Comment by FinitoxDinamita on 08-10-2017

Fortuna can crack but dude is one dimensional as they come. He is a one trick Pony and beltran would beat his azz as long as he dont get careless.

Comment by BigZ44 on 08-09-2017

This fight came to my mind after Beltran's win the other day. I think Fortuna is better at 130, but if he is full go at 135 this would be a really exciting fight. I'm definitely down for this one

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