After delighting everyone who is already convinced of how good and exciting his boxing can be with the victory against Luke Campbell, 22-year-old Ryan Garcia (21-0-18 KO) is ready for his next exam, and it will happen in July.
"King" Ryan will not fight any of the remaining young lightweight lions, but he will have a very famous name against him. That is Javier Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 KOs), a 31-year-old boxer from the Dominican Republic and a former super featherweight world champion.
He is a top boxer that BoxRec ranks as the seventh lightweight boxer in the world. That’s one position behind Garcia, while the Top 5 is made of really awesome names. Teofimo Lopez, Gervonta Davis, Vasyl Lomachenko, Devin Haney and Richard Commey.
All this speaks in favor of how strong the match awaits young Garcia, but also how much opportunity his opponent has for his own promotion if he wins that match. Fortuna is currently on a three-game winning streak. This match has not been officially arranged yet, but both boxers have revealed that they have agreed to fight and that the basic conditions have yet to be agreed upon.
According to boxing analysts, this will be a step forward for Garcia and the most difficult match of his career so far, with all due respect to Luke Campbell and his quality and results.
Fortuna is an aggressive boxer who can seriously endanger any opponent, and he came to the lightweight category to show that he can handle the best.
He has only lost twice so far. In a spectacular match against Jason Sosa, he managed to send his opponent to the floor in the fifth round, but he returned, and in the end, in the 11th he finished Fortuna. A second defeat was by Robert Easter Jr., a split refereeing decision after an uncertain 12 rounds.
The match is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas or Los Angeles in July, and negotiations are currently underway. Garcia decided to test himself once more before meeting the real elite after he refused the match against Devin Haney.
He explained this by considering Haney a boxer of boring style. He was looking for a match against Gervonta Davis, but he chose to go to a higher category. In the end, he chose an opponent with whom he will certainly not be bored in the ring. We are looking forward to it.