Fortuna Scores First Round Kayo of Zamudio, Eyes WBA Champ Nicholas Walters
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Correspondent
Atlantic City, NJ (April 20,2013)– In a brutal display of punching power, interim World Boxing Association Featherweight champion Javier Fortuna of La Romana, Dominican Republic, scored his sixteenth knockout in 22 wins with a brutal first round knockout of Miguel Zamudio of Sinaloa, Mexico in the ESPN2 main event of a five bout fight card promoted by Sampson Boxing at Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Zamudio’s 25-1-1 padded record came into question because he had never fought outside of his native Sinaloa, Mexico. Super Bantamweight contender Adrian Young, also of Sinaloa, now 17-0, stopping Zamudio in the second round of their December 2009 bout in Sinalopa, in Zamudio’s only other bout against a quality opponent.
The WBA interim Featherweight belt was vacated as Fortuna showed up a half pound overweight. Santana at first weighed 127, then weighed 126.8 after a 30 minute workout, forcing WBA supervisor George Martinez to strip Fortuna of his interim title, though Zamudio made weight and could still win. But it was not to be. Using straight overhand lefts, Fortuna dropped Zamudio for a left with Zamudio along the ropes.
According to referee Eddie Cotton, when Zamudio arose he seemed okay physically but still appeared confused in the boxing sense by what had happened. “I felt the corner should have stopped the bout after the first knockdown. Zamudio was looking at his corner for help, but they didn’t stop it. I stopped the bout as soon as Zamudio got hit again.”
Zamudio was knocked down a second time, knocked out on his back unconscious for several minutes after his head hit the canvas hard. For a few tense moments, the capacity crowd was silent as doctors gave the fallen fighter, who was motionless, oxygen to keep him breathing. Zamudio, who eventually regained consciousness, was transported by ambulance to nearby AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus hospital.
Fortuna now eyes WBA World Featherweight Champion Nicholas Walters of Jamaica, now 22-0, with 18 knockouts. Walters is scheduled to defend his world title on May 11, 2013, in Kingston, Jamaica, with no opponent yet listed on BoxRec.
A moment of silence was observed during the card for the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. Celebrities in attendance included HBO commentator Harold Lederman, former world junior middleweight and middleweight champion Julian Jackson, and former world heavyweight contender Chuck Wepner (who fought Muhammad Ali in 1975).
In the televised walkout bout which followed, 16-0 Emmanuel Lartei-Lartey of Accra, Ghana, scored a mild upset by outboxing the favored 13-0 Jonathan Batista
of the Dominican Republic. Lartey was shorter but worked his way inside during the last four rounds to outwork Batista in a spirited effort supported by several loud and encouraging cornermen. Simply put, Lartey was hungrier and wanted it more.
Referee: Eddie Cotton. WBA Interim Featherweight Title stripped from Fortuna by WBA Supervisor George Santana for Not Making Weight. Zamudio down twice.
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