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Ryan Garcia Withdraws from Javier Fortuna Fight to Focus on Health, Well-Being

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2021

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2019 file photo, Ryan Garcia, looks on after landing a punch to Romero Duno (not seen) during their lightweight boxing match in Las Vegas.   Garcia meets Britain’s Luke Campbell, a 2012 Olympic champion, in an interim WBC lightweight title fight. The bout was postponed a month and moved from California after Campbell tested positive for COVID-19.(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)
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Ryan Garcia announced Saturday that he is pulling out of his scheduled July 9 fight against Javier Fortuna.

Mike Coppinger of The Athletic tweeted a screenshot of Garcia's Instagram post:

Mike Coppinger @MikeCoppinger

Ryan Garcia announces on Instagram that he’s withdrawing from his July 9 fight with Javier Fortuna to focus on “health and well being.” Bout was set to headline DAZN https://t.co/FVp2284yeI

Garcia cited a desire to manage his "health and wellbeing" as the reason for calling off the fight. He also wrote: "I hope to be back soon and am looking forward to stepping back into the ring when I am my healthiest self."

The Garcia vs. Fortuna clash had been scheduled to headline a card on DAZN. It has yet to be announced if there will be a replacement main event.

Garcia, 22, is one of the fastest-rising stars in the sport. He owns a perfect career record of 21-0, with 18 of those wins coming by way of knockout.

In his most recent bout, KingRy beat Luke Campbell by seventh-round technical knockout to become the interim WBC lightweight champion.

Garcia had been set to put that interim title on the line against Fortuna, who is a 31-year-old former WBA (Regular) super featherweight champion.

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Fortuna is 36-2-1 with two no-contests, and he has won 25 of his fights via knockout. Fortuna had been set to enter the Garcia fight on a three-bout winning streak.

The winner of Garcia vs. Fortuna would have become a mandatory opponent for WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney, who is a perfect 25-0 in his career.

Haney is scheduled to put the WBC lightweight title on the line on May 29 when he faces Jorge Linares in Las Vegas.

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