By Dan Ambrose: Fringe lightweight contender Javier Fortuna says he will beat the popular Ryan Garcia at his house on July 16th at the Crypto Arena in Los Angeles. The two will be headlining live on DAZN.
Fortuna (37-3-1, 26 KOs) says Ryan isn’t as good as some boxing fans believe him to be, and he feels he’s not gifted enough to beat him.
The former WBA super featherweight champion Fortuna notes that the 23-year-old Ryan only has one weapon in his offensive arsenal, with his left hook, and he will take that away from him.
Ryan is like a smaller version of Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock or Jeff ‘Left Hook’ Lacy, with his exclusive focus on only throwing left hooks. Those two fighters failed to succeed on the big stage due to their lack of right-hand power.
Fortuna has fought many different fighters during his 13-year professional career, so it’s not surprising that he’s not worried about a fighter like Ryan, who possesses no other weapons other than his left hook.
The Golden Boy promoted Garcia’s right hand is the equivalent of one of the arms of a T-Rex, a useless vestigial feature that serves no purpose.
“Ryan is not as big as everyone makes him out to be,” Fortuna said to the media. “He doesn’t have the capacity and doesn’t have the talent to beat me.”
Fortuna is a big step up for the Southern California native Ryan Garcia, who has spent much of the last two years calling out Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis while swerving fights against Devin Haney and the other top lightweights.
Ryan had been scheduled to fight Fortuna a year ago on July 9th in a headliner on DAZN, but he surprisingly pulled out because of an anxiety problem.
Fortuna isn’t buying Ryan’s anxiety excuse, and he says he saw him that week with his girlfriend. He doesn’t believe Ryan had a mental health problem at all.
“I hope he is ready. Ryan’s speed doesn’t phase me. I know how to take that away from him. I have the experience to do it. You’ll see it during fight night. You’ll see my power. I am looking forward to beating him at his house.”
Interestingly, Ryan’s net worth is more than most of the top lightweight contenders in the division despite never having held a world title.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ryan Garcia’s net worth is $10 million. That figure could soar into the stratosphere if he gets his much-desired fight against WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis in December.
“Ryan looked good against [Emmanuel] Tagoe,” Fortuna said. “Ryan doesn’t have any mental health issues. The same week he announced he had mental health issues. He was messing around with his girlfriend.”
Last April, Ryan defeated Emmanuel Tagoe by a 12-round unanimous decision in his return bout after being inactive for 15 months due to injuries & his mental health issue.