Luis Franco vs Javier Fortuna Preview Aug. 2
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will feature a 10-round featherweight showdown between Javier Fortuna and Luis Franco this Friday Aug. 2 from Miami, Oklahoma’s Buffalo Run Casino. The hard-hitting Franco of will enter the ring with an impressive unbeaten record of 22-0 with 16 Kos while Franco is 11-1 with seven knockouts to his name.
The 24-year-old Fortuna turned pro in 2009 and is an exciting southpaw who hails from the Dominican Republic. He’s built up a legion of fans in North America after his spectacular knockout wins over Yuandale Evans and Cristobal Cruz. Fortuna certainly carries a lot of power in his fast hands, but he can also be a little reckless at times by throwing caution to the wind and being a little bit too aggressive. However, that’s what makes him so popular with the fans. Nine of his 16 knockouts have come in the very first round, making him one of the best finishers in the business at the moment.
The 31-year-old year-old Franco was born in Cuba, where he enjoyed a fine amateur career before turning pro in 2009. He moved to Miami and now fights out of Florida. Franco has excellent boxing skills as well as quick hands, He’s also good defensively and knows how to control the distance in the ring. He’s just as good on the inside as he is from the outside and can hurt his opponents from anywhere. He’s very effective when digging to his opponent’s body on the inside.
Franco may be heading into the bout in need of a confidence boost since he was beaten by Maurio Javier Munoz in his last outing when he dropped a split decision to him. However, he’s confident that he can get back on track against Fortuna, since he doesn’t think he has the experience to beat him. Jorge Rubio, Franco’s trainer, feels his boxer’s Olympic experience will prove to be the difference in the bout. Rubio said Franco has the skills to adapt to all styles of boxing once the bout begins since he’s fought all over the globe as an amateur.
He claims that Franco is used to fighting against southpaws and is confident of victory. Rubio makes some valid points, but pro boxing is quite different from the amateur game. Franco will need to possess a solid chin against Fortuna and will have to use his skills to out box him and keep a safe distance between them. If Franco can take Fortuna’s heaviest shots then his opponent could become frustrated the longer the fight goes.
As with all good matchups, this one is tough to call. Fortuna will likely come out like a bull in a China shop the way he usually does and Franco will need to be fully prepared for an early onslaught. Franco possesses the better boxing skills, but his chin needs to keep him upright to take advantage of them. If Franco’s chin can withstand Fortuna’s power shots he could pull off a mild upset with a close decision victory.
Sportsbook 5dimes.eu has the latest odds of a Fortuna win at -950 and a Franco victory at +625. Visit 5Dimes.eu to see up to date odds and to bet on this fight. You should also check out our recent boxing betting predictions to see how we’ve done of late capping the fights.