Fortuna stops Lozada in six

Fortuna Vs Lozada Jr. Fight Night14
Photo: Sean Michael Ham/TGB Promotions

WBC #2 lightweight and former WBA 130lb world champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 KOs) scored an impressive sixth round TKO over 6’ tall Antonio Lozada (40-5-1, 34 KOs) on Saturday night behind closed doors at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Fortuna dropped Lozada in round one, but Lozada survived. Good two-way action after that. A barrage of unanswered punches in round six prompted a referee’s stoppage. Time was 2:34.

Fortuna was back in action after scheduled fights with Luke Campbell and Jorge Linares were canceled by Covid-19. He’s right in the middle of the lightweight mix with Teofimo, Tank, Loma, Haney, Kingry, Campbell and Linares.

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  • I am not a big fan of Fortuna’s style, but it works for him. It is good to see Fortuna back in the 135 mix. However, no way he beats Teofimo, Loma, Haney, Garcia, Verdejo, Davis, Kambosos, Commey and probably not even Campbell.

    Unfortunately, Fortuna’s style creates marketability issues. Fortuna may have to wait for the dust to settle at 135 among the other top fighters. Loma has to recover from his recent loss and injury(ies).

    Therefore, I would like to see Fortuna vs. Linares. Otherwise, Fortuna will have to wait in line until the upcoming 135 pound dust ups settle – especially the Garcia vs. Campbell winner.

    Other elite fighters will only fight Fortuna under “boxing gunpoint” or under “boxing knifepoint.”

  • Fortuna’s quick hands and in and out movement made Lozada look like he was throwing punches in slow motion. Lozada was totally befuddled by Fortuna’s style and was hesitant to let his hands go. He was a sitting duck for Fortuna’s right and left hooks that seem to come from left field. I don’t think Lozada was as pathetic as he looked. I’ve seen him fight a lot better against other opponents. He just couldn’t deal with Fortuna’s power and speed. Fortuna was relaxed and smooth in his movement while Lozada just looked mechanical as he tried to hit the elusive opponent.

    I’d like to see Fortuna against an opponent that could match him in speed and quickness. He did whatever he wanted against Lozada and the ref probably should have stopped the fight a lot earlier than he did. Lozada was just too slow to deal with him.

    A fight against Richard Commey or a rematch with Easter can be options. I don’t think the other top fighters would want anything to do with him at this point. He’s a real threat to hurt anyone because he does throw with a lot of quickness and power.

  • Everytime I watch Lozada fight, I always find myself thinking the same thing: How in the world did he beat Verdejo. So slow. So mechanical. So easy to hit.

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