Fortuna and Franco fight to 10 round draw; Cintron defeats Batista

By Boxing News - 08/02/2013 - Comments

fortuna1By Jim Dower: Unbeaten featherweight Javier Fortuna (22-0-1, 16 KO’s) fought to a 10 round draw on Friday night against Luis Franco (11-2, 7 KO’s) at the Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami, Oklahoma, USA. The final judges scores were 99-91 for Franco, 96-94 for Fortuna and 95-95 even.

It was an ugly fight to watch, as neither guy looked good. Fortuna missed a lot with his shots, and Franco wasn’t busy enough.


Former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (34-5-2, 28 KO’s) defeated Jonathan Batista (14-2, 7 KO’s) by a 10 round unanimous decision. The final judges scores were 99-88, 98-89 and 98-89.

The fight arguably should have been scored a lot closer than it was due the referee Gerald Ritter blowing a call in the 8th round when he scored a knock down when Batista tripped.

Additionally, the referee deducted two points from Batista in the 10th, the first coming from a rabbit punch that was thrown with very little power, and the second coming from Batista supposedly hitting on the break. I didn’t see where Batista hit on the break.

If you take away the bogus knockdown and the two point deductions, I had the fight scored a draw. Cintron looked bad, and nothing like the fighter that he was 6 years ago. Cintron didn’t show much in the way of aggressiveness or power in the fight. He used to be a good puncher, but his power seems to have abandoned him as well as his aggressiveness.

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