OKLAHOMA WILL BE SITE OF FEATHERWEIGHT WAR
Press Release: On Friday, August 2, at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, ESPN2's Friday Night Fights will feature a ten-round featherweight fight between Javier Fortuna (22-0, 16 KOs) of the Dominican Republic and Cuba's Luis Franco (11-1, 7 KOs).
Also on the broacast will be a ten-round welterweight bout matching ex-welterweight title holder Kermit intron (33-5-2, 28 KOs) and tough Dominican Jonathan Batista (14-1, 7 KOs).
The 23-year-old Fortuna's fists have helped him become known for producing highlight-reel knockouts. In his last appearance, he demolished Mexican Miguel Zamudio in 1:08 of the first round. Zamudio was unconscious for several frightening minutes after absorbing Fortuna's whirlwind fury.
Fast and agile in the ring, 31-year-old Luis Franco has long been considered a blue-chip prospect in boxing. The 2004 Olympian and former amateur junior world champion has now reached a point where he must realize that potential. Franco came up short in his last fight, losing a close split decision in an IBF eliminator against Argentina's Mauricio Javier Munoz in Argentina. A victory over Fortuna, however, would propel the skillful Cuban back into the thick of the featherweight title picture.
The 33-year-old Kermit Cintron has returned to his natural weight of 147 lbs. and will look to continue his comeback. Cintron holds victories over the formidable Alfredo Angulo and Lovemore Ndou and once fought to a draw with pound-for-pound entrant and current middleweight king Sergio Martinez. Cintron's only losses have come against the world's best.
Dominican boxer/puncher Jonathan Batista is part of the group of talented fighters coming out of his homeland and led by Fortuna. Batista's only loss was a decision to rugged African Emmanuel Lartei Lartey on the undercard of Fortuna vs. Zamudio. It was his first trip outside the Dominican Republic.
"Fortuna vs. Franco looks like it could be an unforgettable fight," said Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing. "Fortuna is so strong it's scary and Franco is unbelievably fast with a great chin. It's the irresistible force against the immovable object. Something's got to give and it'll be a cliffhanger to see what happens. What we all already know is it's going to be a fantastic fight."
"Kermit Cintron is looking to become a champion again, but he will not get past my guy Batista," said Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. "I have carefully put together a wave of boxers from the Dominican and they are all now coming of age. This victory over Cintron will be the first of many big name wins for Batista. They are both fearless fighters and it will almost surely be a war while it lasts."