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LAS VEGAS, NV — WBA super featherweight titlist Javier Fortuna made a dominant first defense of his belt in stopping Carlos Velasquez in the 10th round at the Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort.
Fortuna maintained high pressure from round one, using hooks to the body and constant upper body movement to keep Velasquez off-balance. The challenger was floored in the second off two southpaw right hooks and had his nose broken by an errant head butt.
By the 10th, Velasquez could not return fire, forcing the referee to halt the contest. The final tally of punches landed had Fortuna outlanding Velasquez 168-51.
“I was just waiting to counter punch Velasquez,” said Fortuna. “The rhythm of the fight was important. I was in control of the fight because I could control the rhythm.
I’ve had this style ever since I was an amateur. I’ve learned more about how to be aggressive and I’ve always tried to press action throughout my career.”
Fortuna revealed he hurt his left hand in the second round and believes if not for that injury, the fight would’ve ended much sooner.
“I would have taken advantage earlier but I hurt my hand,” he explained. “If I hadn’t hurt my hand, he wouldn’t have lasted five rounds… I looked at his corner as I was hurting him because I wanted them to know that I could go the full 12 rounds and I wasn’t going to stop until the final bell rings.”
TELEVISED UNDERCARD RESULTS: Undefeated junior middleweights Domonique Dolton (17-0-1, 9 KOs) and Oscar Molina (13-0-1- 10 KOs) kept their records intact by battling to a 10-round majority draw. Dolton had a fast start and was more accurate, landing over 50% of his power shots. However, Molina succeeded in wobbling Dolton in the third and equaled the exchanges over the remaining rounds.
Final scorecards read 97-93 Molina and 95-95 twice.
Both fighters were content with the verdict.
“I let it get too close so I can’t complain about the decision,” said Molina. “I’ll go home and watch the fight but right now I can’t complain. The judges saw what they saw.”
“I knew it was a close decision,” added Dolton. “It would have been fine either way. He landed some shots, I landed some shots. I wouldn’t have been mad either way.”