Ryan Garcia and Javier Fortuna compete in a lightweight bout on Saturday. Inside Crypto.com Arena, the two will be fighting for bragging rights. Before that bout, there are plenty of young fighters looking to prove themselves in front of a massive audience.
The card in Los Angeles will feature the emerging Alexis Rocha, as well as former title contender Lamont Roach Jr. A theme of these bouts appears to be the young guard vs. veteran fighter.
The Sporting News looks into the entire undercard of Garcia vs. Fortune.
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The co-main event will see Alexis Rocha face off against Samuel Kotey in a welterweight bout. Rocha, 25, made his pro debut in 2016. A WBC Continental Americas welterweight champion, Rocha lost his first bout in 2020 against Rashidi Ellis. Since then, he has won three straight fights via knockout. Rocha last fought in March, beating Blair Cobbs.
“At this point in my career, it doesn’t matter who my opponent is, all that matters is continuing to knock opponents out and my personal growth as a fighter,” Rocha said in a release. “No opponent can dictate how my career moves. I carry the power to control my own destiny and career. July 16th is another opportunity for me to take control of my destiny and to continue climbing to the top of the sport. I can’t wait to share a card with Ryan in a place so close to home — Los Angeles. I’m ready to put on a show. Thank you to Golden Boy and all of my fans for the continued support.”
The 38-year-old Kotey made his pro debut in 2009. He is 3-3 in his past six fights, his last bout a split decision loss against Cobbs in February 2020.
“To be showcased as the co-main event in one of the biggest fight cards of the year in the biggest arena in Los Angeles, is a huge opportunity for me,” Kotey said. “I promise my fans I will not disappoint them and on July 16, everyone will know who Samuel Kotey is.”
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In a super-featherweight eliminator bout, Lamont Roach Jr. and Angel Rodriguez will do battle. Roach is a 2013 Golden Gloves champion, and had an amateur record of 125-15. “The Reaper” made his debut with Golden Boy Promotions in 2014. Roach, a WBC International super-featherweight champion, lost to Jamel Herring in 2019 for the WBO super-featherweight title. He has since gone on a three-fight win streak, beating Rene Alvarado in December for the WBA-NABA super-featherweight title.
Rodriguez, 34, made his pro debut in 2012. After losing to Carlos Diaz in 2013, Rodriguez is on a 12-fight win streak. His last bout of him was a split decision win in February over Mark Urvanov.
“Just in case the division forgot about me I’m putting them on notice on July 16,” Roach said. “This is my opportunity to get closer to a world title shot and I am going to win and put on an impressive performance.”
“This is my chance to prove that I am an elite level fighter worthy of a world title shot,” Rodriguez said. “Winning the WBA Super-Featherweight Title Eliminator will prove I have what it takes to go the distance in this sport and one day call myself a world champion.”
Finally, Ricardo Sandoval vs. David Jimenez opens up the DAZN fight card. Sandoval, 23, made his pro debut in 2016. A WBC Youth Intercontinental flyweight champion, Sandoval fought Jay Harris and Carlos Buitrago in 2021, beating both of them via some form of knockout.
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“I am excited for this fight because I will be fighting in the biggest arena in my hometown,” Sandoval said. “This is a big opportunity for me to show my fans, friends, and family all the hard work I have put in to get here. This fight is for a title eliminator, I am ready to fight for a world title next and on July 16 I will provide it to the world.”
A bronze medalist in the Pan American Games and World Amateur Championships, Jimenez, 30, made his pro debut in 2019. A WBO Latino lightweight champion, Jimenez’s last fight was a knockout win over Darwin Martinez in March.
“I am ready for a challenge on July 16,” Jimenez said. “I will be fighting to keep my undefeated record, earn a place in the rankings, and be a step closer to a world title shot after I win the WBA Flyweight Title Eliminator. This is my chance and I will do everything in my power to be declared the winner on July 16.”
When is Ryan Garcia vs. Xavier Fortune?
- Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022
- Main card: 8 p.m. ET
- Main event: 11:30 p.m. ET (approximately)
Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna will take place Saturday, July 16. Garcia and Fortuna are expected to enter the ring around 11:30 pm ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
How to watch, live stream Garcia vs. Fortune
The Garcia vs. Fortuna main card will air on DAZN.
You can also purchase the fight on PPV.com.
Garcia vs. Fortuna price: How much does the card cost?
- DAZN monthly subscription: $19.99, $20 in Canada
- DAZN annual subscription: $99.99, $150 in Canada
To watch Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortuna, you can either pay for a DAZN monthly subscription ($19.99) or an annual subscription ($99.99). In Canada, a DAZN monthly subscription is $20, while an annual subscription is $150.
Garcia vs. fortune fight card
- Ryan Garcia vs. Javier Fortune; Lightweights
- Alexis Roche vs. Samuel Kotey; Welterweights
- Lamont Roach Jr. vs. Angel Rodríguez; Super-Featherweights
- Ricardo Sandoval vs. David Jimenez; Flyweights