Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna is now official.
The official Twitter account of Golden Boy Promotions made the announcement. The bout will take place on July 9, which falls on a Friday. Here is the tweet from Golden Boy.
🚨 KING RYAN IS BACK! 🚨
— Golden Boy (@GoldenBoyBoxing) April 13, 2021
The WBC had ordered Garcia vs. Fortuna back in March. This was done in an effort to determine the true number one contender for the winner of Devin Haney vs. Jorge Linares. Garcia is the interim WBC Lightweight Champion, while Fortuna is the mandatory challenger.
Here’s the WBC’s statement on ordering Garcia vs. Fortuna.
“After careful consideration and countless communications with all parties involved, the WBC has confirmed the course of action for the lightweight division. Ryan Garcia won The WBC interim title and mandatory position. Javier Fortuna had a signed contract to face Linares which Covid prevented from happening and earned a mandatory position.
The WBC is hereby ordering Ryan Garcia vs Javier Fortuna for The WBC interim lightweight championship and mandatory position in the division. The free negotiation period has begun and if no agreement is reached a purse bid will take place on Friday, April 16.”
It’s clear at this point that a purse bid wasn’t necessary for the fight. It’ll be promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and is set to air live on DAZN. A location has not been announced at this time.