Javier Fortuna Will Knock Out Miguel Zamudio, Tropicana Fight Preview
By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media Correspondent
Las Vegas based boxing promoter Samson Lewcowicz is planning an April 19 card featuring impressive 21-0 Dominican Southpaw Javier Fortuna versus 25-1-1 Mexican Miguel Zamudio for the interim World Boxing Association World Featherweight title currently held by Fortuna, the interim champion. The location of the bout is Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and it will be held on April 19, 2013, the night before the Madison Square Garden Steve Cunningham versus Tyson Fury card.
United States Virgin Islands light middleweight prospect John Jackson, 15-1 with 14 knockouts, the son of former World Light Middleweight champion Julian ‘The Hawk’ Jackson, will appear in the preliminary bout to the main event on the card against 16-0-1 Cerresso Fort. Jackson is coming off a first round knockout victory over Alexis Pena in Atlantic City at Resorts Hotel Casino last month, and will return in top form for his next bout.
Also scheduled to appear on the ESPN Friday night fights undercard will be: light welterweights Dean Burrell and Vernon Alston; welterweights Jonathan Bautista and Emmanuel Lartei Lartey; light heavyweight Antowyan Aikens; heavyweights Eric Newell and Edwin Ranquillo; and light middleweights Joseph Crosby and Fitzgerald Johnson.
Promoter Samson Lewcowicz should ask the World Boxing Association for the winner of the Fortuna-Zamudio WBA interim world title bout to get a shot at World Boxing Association regular Featherweight champion Nicholas Walters, now 22-0 with 18 knockouts, from Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Fortuna keeps calm when he fights, he’s very in control of his emotions inside the ring. Nothing gets to him. Fortuna controls the tempo of the fight. Against 27-0 Irish Patrick Hyland, Fortuna thoroughly outboxed Hyland as the busier fighter.
He is always first in getting his punches off, and controlling the tempo of the fight inside the ring. Fortuna works behind the jab, and that what he’s got to do. Fortuna’s always has his front right foot outside of the other man’s front left foot, and he’s always scoring with power punches. His left hand is there to do whatever he wants to do with it, and he’s negating his opponent’s power punch with superior footwork at the same time. Fortuna has a good habit of placing his front right foot outside of the other man’s left foot.
Fortuna has gone the ten or 12 round distances three times in the past 24 months. Fortuna is both a fine technical fighter who can put rounds in the bank, and a solid power puncher with 15 knockouts in his 21 wins. His last six opponents combine for 160 wins, and four of them were taken out by Fortuna in two rounds or less.
Zamudio’s 15 wins include only 7 opponents with winning records. One of them, unbeaten Super Bantamweight Adrian Young, knocked out Zamudio in the second round in December 2009 in Zamudio’s hometown of Sinaloa. Zamudio’s record appears to be padded, with every protective bout fought in his native Mexico. His most recent bout, a split decision win in Sinaloa over eight rounds against Gilberto Bolanos, was a questionable outcome to say the least.
No decision is expected in this crossroads bout. Fortuna should knock out Zamudio in 8 rounds or less to retain his interim WBA Featherweight World championship. The Mexican Zamudio would have to remain outside of range and work his jab to outwork Fortuna, but that will never happen. Fortuna has a consistent work rate and is an accurate puncher who doesn’t waste his blows. Most will find the mark, and eventually Fortuna will break Zamudio down and work him over-before Zamudio gets knocked out by Fortuna in the later rounds. The ESPN bout should be a good entertaining scrap for as long as it lasts.
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