WBC orders Ryan Garcia versus Javier Fortuna
For those curious about lightweight fighter Ryan “KingRy” Garcia’s (21-0, 18 KO’s) next fight, the speculation looks to be over. In a bit of late breaking news, the WBC has ordered Garcia to face Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 KO’s). When last in the ring, KingRy survived a second-round knockdown to defeat Luke Campbell. With the victory, in a significant step-up bout, Garcia picked up the interim WBC World Lightweight title. Now, KingRy and Fortuna have until April 16 to finalize a deal or else their fight will go to a purse bid.
Former world champion Fortuna is open and eager to accept the fight against Garcia. El Abejon was last in the ring on November 21, 2020 when he stopped Antonio Torres in six. The Dominican has been very vocal about wanting to sign a meaningful fight. Similar to Garcia, there had been talks about Fortuna dancing with WBC World Lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney. In fact, well back in 2019, the WBC actually ordered Haney v Fortuna but due to the tricky business of boxing politics it never materialized. Now, the winner of Garcia v Fortuna would be named the mandatory challenger for Haney’s WBC title. Fortuna is presently ranked as the WBC’s #2 lightweight in the world.
Provided that everything stays the course, this should be a very interesting match-up. Fortuna is a skilled and battle-tested veteran of the sport and will not be an easy out for Garcia. If KingRy can win, especially in style, El Abejon’s scalp will be a great addition to his resume. Conversely, Fortuna would love to steal Garcia’s thunder and force a title fight with Haney. Regardless of how this situation plays out, 3kingsboxing.com will be there to report the news.
By: Bakari Simpson