Fortuna vs. Velasquez Preview

By Robert Ecksel on September 29, 2015
Fortuna vs. Velasquez Preview
It will be interesting to see how Fortuna handles the 31-year-old Puerto Rican’s length.

Javier Fortuna defends his WBA World super featherweight title against Carlos Velasquez tonight on Fox Sports 1…

Tonight at the Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, Javier Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 KOs), from La Romana, Dominican Republic, defends his WBA World super featherweight title against Carlos Velasquez (19-1, 12 KOs), from Miami, Florida, by way of Catano, Puerto Rico.

Fortuna won his first title at 126 pounds before losing it on the scales in 2013. He captured his current title by winning a unanimous decision over Bryan Vasquez on May 29.

At 5-foot-9-inch Velasquez is four inches taller than his opponent. It’ll be interesting to see how Fortuna handles the 31-year-old Puerto Rican’s length.

In his only loss, Velasquez was thoroughly beating Rico Ramos before the latter caught him with a huge shot in the 10th and final round.

It was goodnight Velasquez. It was goodbye perfect record.

Velasquez has gone 4-0 since the loss. He is stepping it up for this fight.

“It’s been a childhood dream of mine to become a world champion,” said Velasquez, “and now that time has come to show the world that I’m worthy. I’m going to leave everything in the ring against Fortuna.”

Velasquez’s worthiness may be tested tonight.

“He’s a good amateur fighter making the transition to pro,” said Fortuna, “but he has not yet completed that task. At times, he keeps his guard up really high and shows no regard of people going to his body. But this is a huge opportunity for him, so I will be at my absolute best that night. I think I will knock him out. He stands up too straight and I will catch him, but he’s a good boxer with a good record. Hopefully he’ll show up with no excuses.”

Javier Fortuna vs. Carlos Velasquez will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 9 PM. ET/6 PM PT.

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