Javier Fortuna is an exciting young fighter and he’s already had some pretty nice showcases in front of national audiences. He beat fellow unbeaten-prospect Patrick Hyland on the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez card last December, winning the interim WBA title in the process.
There are a lot of very good fights out there for Fortuna if he keeps winning. He is promoted by Lou Dibella, so he’s a neutral party in the Top Rank-Golden Boy cold war.
That means he has more potential matchups than many of the sport’s biggest stars.
Luis Franco turned down an opportunity to fight Billy Dib for the IBF title last March. According to Boxing Scene, he was unhappy with the amount of money he was offered for the fight.
Instead, the Mexican Russian, Evgeny Gradovich, stepped in and upset Dib to capture the belt.
Franco lost his last fight by split decision to Mauricio Munoz, although he won by 10 rounds to two according to the judge who scored for him.
I consider it a pretty lousy decision, but Munoz definitely came on strong down the stretch and made it relatively close. By comparison, Munoz lost last weekend to Gradovich by near-total shutout.