Ryan Garcia is back in the ring in July with another tough test in front of him.
The unbeaten Garcia will face Javier Fortuna for the interim WBC lightweight title in the main event of a DAZN card on July 9. DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions have not announced the location for the event.
Garcia will be in action for the second time this year after he was victorious against Luke Campbell back in January to capture the interim WBC title. That fight served as a title eliminator for Devin Haney’s WBC world title. However, Garcia opted to search for fights against Manny Pacquiao and Gervonta Davis and failed to secure them. The WBC ordered the fight between Garcia and Fortuna with the winner being the mandatory challenger to Haney’s title.
“Little by little, Ryan Garcia is silencing all of the skeptics,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “And the only way to keep doing that is by continually facing tougher challenges. Javier Fortuna is an experienced southpaw who can be very slippery when he wants to avoid punches. It’s a dangerous fight for Ryan, but I expect him to show newer elements in his arsenal before ending matters by knockout.”
By the time both Garcia and Fortuna step into the ring, they’ll have known who the WBC champion is. Haney is scheduled to fight Jorge Linares on a DAZN card on May 29 in Las Vegas.
Before beating Campbell, Garcia was long considered a bright prospect and a budding superstar, thanks in part to his massive social media following. Garcia also owns wins against Francisco Fonseca, Jayson Velez and Romero Duno.
“Fortuna is eager and will be ready, but so will I,” said Garcia. “No one can beat me in the lightweight division, period. I’m going to show the world who I am.”
Fortuna once held a WBA super featherweight belt from 2015 to 2016. After dropping the belt to Jason Sosa, Fortuna moved up to lightweight, where he would go on to challenge for the IBF title against then-champion Robert Easter Jr. Fortuna lost that bout by split decision but has been able to win his last three fights. Fortuna was set to fight Linares last year, but the fight got called off after Linares tested positive for COVID-19. In his last fight, Fortuna stopped Antonio Lozada in the sixth round this past November.
“Ryan Garcia should take this fight very seriously and train properly because he will be facing, by far, the best fighter of his career,” said Fortuna. “Hopefully on fight night, there will be no excuses for his loss. I expect this fight to be a war while it lasts, but I have too much of everything for Ryan Garcia. His last fight showed how easy he is to hit. And his power won’t mean anything to me. But mine will put him to sleep.”