Fortuna Decisions Hyland

By Robert Ecksel on December 8, 2012
Fortuna Decisions Hyland
It was a competitive fight, but Javier Fortuna was too athletic for the 29-year-old Irishman.

Saturday night on the undercard of Pacquiao-Marquez 4 at the MGM Grand, Javier Fortuna (21-0, 15 KOs) decisioned Patrick Hyland (27-1, 12 KOs) to win the WBA interim featherweight title.

The 23-year-old Fortuna, from La Romana, Dominican Republic, was too athletic for the well-schooled but one-dimensional 29-year-old Irishman who is trained by Tracy Harris Patterson.

Fortuna is trained by Pablo Sarmiento, who trains Sergio Martinez, and the similarity between the two fighters was obvious. Fortuna’s exceptional speed and southpaw style, augmented by shots fired at awkward angles, were more than Hyland was ever likely to encounter while fighting in Ireland, and more than he could contend with in Las Vegas.

But it was a good fight, and Hyland is a good fighter. He had a plan to take Fortuna into the late rounds with the expectation that he would tire, which is exactly what happened. But Hyland’s lack of power and unwillingness to let him hands go when Fortuna began to fade caused him to lose a fairly competitive fight.

Fortuna’s tendency to punch after the bell, for which he was warned but not penalized by the referee Russell Mora, who otherwise did a superb job, is something his team, boxing commissions, and referees need to keep an eye on as his career progresses.

The final scores were 118-100, 116-112, and 115-113, all in favor of Fortuna.

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