Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna Ordered By WBC
The WBC has ordered Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna.
Garcia is the interim WBC Lightweight Champion. Fortuna is the mandatory WBC Title contender. With WBC Champion Devin Haney set to fight Jorge Linares in May, the WBC wants to settle who the real number one contender is. Initially, the WBC planned for Fortuna to get the title opportunity by August but now he’ll have to defeat Garcia to get that chance.
The WBC issued a statement on its new plans to determine who will fight the winner of Haney vs. Linares.
“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.”
Garcia captured the interim gold back in January. He knocked out Luke Campbell in the seventh round via body shot. “KingRy” has since been calling for a showdown with WBA (Super) Super-Featherweight and WBA (Regular) Lightweight Champion Gervonta Davis.
Fortuna has been victorious in his last three fights. In his most recent bout, Fortuna scored a sixth-round knockout win over Antonio Lozada Jr. He hasn’t lost a fight since January 2018.