FORMER WBA World super featherweight champion Javier Fortuna returned to action this past weekend in front of his hometown fans, stomping out fellow countryman Marlyn Cabrera in the second round. Back in contention after his first defeat, the Dominican native will seek a title shot in 2017, possibly against the winner of the November contest between Stephen Smith and Jason Sosa.
Fortuna approached cautiously at the opening bell, testing his jab while Cabrera stood his ground and dished a few back. After their initial exchange, Cabrera got a taste of his opponent’s power and began to retreat. Fortuna pounced, staggering him with a powerful left hook in the center of the ring.
The difference in power between the Dominican rivals was stark. Cabrera made an honest attempt to steal the opening round in the closing seconds, but a sharp right counter from Fortuna sent him tumbling to the canvas as the official was getting ready to stop the action. He bravely beat the count but shared a look of concern with his corner as he approached the stool.