“Bring Your Best and Don’t Bring Any Excuses” – Interview of Javier Fortuna
By Pattee Mak, RCM New England MMA/Boxing Correspondent
Boston, MA (October 24, 2014)– Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (25-0-1, 18 Ko’s) a southpaw and a native from Dominican Republic who is a great athletic and pressure fighter who now resides between Boston or New York will be meeting up, toe to toe against Abner Cotto (18-2-1, 8 Ko’s) at the UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois on November 1, 2014 on the Tomoki Kameda (30-0-0, 19 Ko’s) vs. Alejandro Hernadez (28-10-2, 15 Ko’s) undercard. Fortuna’s fight will be shown live on Showtime.
Pattee Mak: You dominated your last fight against Juan Antonio Rodriguez on 5-31-2014 but didn’t get the knockout. What happened in that fight?
Fortuna: It went the distance. I got cut in both eyes and it was the first time my right eye was swelled up shut and I couldn’t see so I settled for the win. I opted to box instead of putting pressure on him.
Pattee Mak: Now you are meeting up with Cotto. His family has a long line of boxers, including his well-known cousin, Miguel Cotto. What do you know about your opponent’s style of fighting?
Fortuna: It will be easy for me to counterpunch him. He’s going to fall right into my hands.
Pattee Mak: Are you looking at Cotto as an opponent or someone who is coming to fight?
Fortuna: I seen him and I’m preparing myself as he’s coming to fight.
Pattee Mak: What would you like to say to Cotto?
Fortuna: Bring your best and don’t bring any excuses.
Pattee Mak: At one point you were defending the WBA World featherweight title against Miguel Zamudio but lost the title on the scales. Do you typically have a problem with making weight?
Fortuna: Back then I was fighting at 126. I’m fighting now at 130.
Pattee Mak: What will be your contract weight come the 1st?
Pattee Mak: I just interviewed Mark “The Italian Bazooka“ DeLuca who is also being trained by your trainer, Hector Bermudez. At one point you were training in Oxnard, California. How long have you’ve been training with him and has your style of fighting at all changed with his knowledge in the scientific approach to boxing?
Fortuna: I’ve been training with Hector a year and 2 months. My style of fighting didn’t change but my techniques have gotten a lot better as of now.
Pattee Mak: You are 24 years old. You competed and won the Pan American silver medal and a gold medal at Dominican National Championships. At what age did you start boxing and what was your amateur record?
Fortuna: I started boxing at 11 years old and my amateur record was 196 wins with 16 losses.
Pattee Mak: You are a southpaw. Do you find it difficult to find opponents since some boxers will not fight southpaws?
Fortuna: At times but my management are the ones that deals with that.
Pattee Mak: You are from the Dominican Republic. Are there any differences between the styles of fighting there vs. here?
Fortuna: Yes a lot. It’s different cause they don’t have the scientific approach.
Pattee Mak: After this bout is there anyone you’d like to fight in the future or a belt you are going after?
Fortuna: I would like Mickey Garcia but he left his weight class. I’ve been chasing him since I was fighting at 126 but he’s in a different weight class now. I’ll fight anyone in my weight class. Anyone who’s the best. Whoever wins the main event there is talk that I’ll be fighting him next.
Pattee Mak: Thank you for taking the time for this interview. I’m looking forward to hearing the results on your fight. Anything you’d like to add?
Fortuna: Yes, I would like to thank the training team, Universal Training, my manager, Al Haymon for getting this fight on showtime. To thank all my fans in the Dominican Republic because I do it for them.
(The above bouts are subject to change).