LOS ANGELES (July 13, 2022) – Undefeated boxing phenom Ryan Garcia (22-0, 18 KOs) of Victorville, Calif., and former two-time world champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (37-3-1, 26 KOs) from La Romana, DR hosted his fight week media workout today at EC Young Boxing Gym in Los Angeles, CA. They planned for a 12-round lightweight showdown to take place at the Crypto.com Arena in downtown Los Angeles and be broadcast live worldwide, exclusively on DAZN. Also in attendance at today’s media activities was co-main event fighter Alexis “Lex” Rocha (19-1, 13 KOs) of Santa Ana, CA, who will take on Luis Veron (19-4-2 , 9 KOs) from Buenos Aires, Arg. in a 10-round bout for the vacant NABO Welterweight title. Also in attendance was Lamont Roach Jr. (22-1-1, 9 KOs) of Washington, DC, who is scheduled for 12 rounds in the WBA Super Featherweight Title Eliminator against Angel “Humilidad” Rodriguez (20-1, 10 KOs) of Barranquilla, COL. Finally, Rialto’s Ricardo “El Nino” Sandoval (20-1, 15 KOs) was on hand to perform for the media as he prepares to face Cartago’s David “Medallita” Jimenez (11-0, 9 KOs). , CRI, in a 12-round bout for the WBA Flyweight Title Eliminator. All fights will take place on Saturday, July 16 and will be streamed live worldwide, exclusively on DAZN, starting at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET.
Here’s what the fighters had to say today during their media workouts:
RYAN GARCIA, undefeated lightweight contender:
“I’m having a blast. I’m the ultimate confidence. I worked my ass off.
“This game is all about adjustments, you can’t bet the same thing every day. What matters most is that you do your best with the hand you are dealt with at that moment- the.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re not 100%. We’re at the point where it doesn’t matter anymore. I’m to the point that it wouldn’t matter if I’m 65%, I’m destroying Fortuna. He can’t beat me. I am levels above him.
JAVIER FORTUNA, Former Double World Champion:
“I feel very good to be here, very honoured, and I am happy to be able to advance my career.”
“I feel in good physical condition and I promise to give the fans a very good fight.”
“Ryan is a good fighter, but hopefully this time around he has no excuse not to fight me. I see he’s very focused on another fight instead of the fight that he’s got. he has this Saturday. And we hope that after beating him on Saturday, he will have no more excuses.
“When you enter the ring, you risk your life. I risk my life, I sacrifice myself for my children and I promise to give it everything I have. I am focused on what I can do to win.
ALEXIS ROCHA, welterweight contender:
“It was another great camp. They’re still grueling, physically and mentally tough, but it’s been great. Congratulations to all my team, Hector Lopez, Cesar Campos and Robert Villasenor.
“My opponent is tough, he’s never been stopped and we know he’s been around a lot of tough opponents. I expect a game against an opponent on Saturday night.
“I want to fight who ever has the belts. Errol Spence and Terrence Crawford will retire or increase in weight and those belts will be up for grabs.
LAMONT ROACH JR., super featherweight contender:
“In this game, the circle of opportunity for a world title closes, so for me to have another opportunity like this, it’s just within me to approach it.”
“I have always been challenged in my career. They were always putting guys coming in to fight, they weren’t just laying down. But it made me the man and the fighter that I am now. And the new guys in front of me, they don’t last.
“I feel like I’m the best and I just need an opportunity to show it. Every time I’m in the ring I want to improve and put the division on notice. I’m here.”
RICARDO SANDOVAL, flyweight contender:
“It’s very cool to fight in Los Angeles in a big stage like the Crypto.com Arena. It’s where a lot of historic boxing events have taken place, basketball games, so it’s a real privilege to be able to fight there.
“I just want to thank everyone who supported me, that was my motivation. I want this fight, I have been waiting for a year, we are fighting for a title eliminator. It brings me closer to a chance for the world title.
Tickets for Garcia vs. Fortuna are on sale now and are priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, $75, and $50, not including applicable service fees. Tickets will be available for purchase online at AXS.com, CryptoArena.com and GoldenBoyPromotions.com.
Press release issued by Golden Boy Promotions.