WATCH: Bitter Rival Javier Fortuna Pulls off Unexpected $150,000 Move on Ryan Garcia

Published 07/16/2022, 9:02 AM EDT
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 21: Ryan Garcia attends Premiere Of “One Night: Joshua Vs. Ruiz” at Writers Guild Theater on November 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

Ryan Garcia and Javier Fortuna are ready to face off in a much-anticipated showdown on July 16th at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The pair will face off after a year since their scheduled fight was canceled.

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However, despite their upcoming match, El Abejón seemed to show some comradery toward his opponent, as he had a friendly gesture for Garcia at the weigh-ins.

Fortuna has a friendly gesture for Garcia

At the face-off prior to the weigh-ins, Garcia had lost his watch, reportedly being worth $150,000. However, Fortuna had a surprise for the Flash as he returned the watch back at the weigh-ins.

After the pair shook hands, Fortuna reached in his pockets to grab Garcia’s watch and gave it to him. This shocked Garcia and he thanked the Dominican boxer for his friendly gesture.

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Fortuna could have stolen the watch and kept it for himself. However, he did the right thing by returning the watch while also gaining the respect of Garcia and the fans as well.

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Garcia has turned into one of boxing’s most promising young prospects. He has an undefeated record of 22-0 with 18 KO victories and will come into the fight with a win over Emmanuel Tagoe back in April. El Abejón, on the other hand, is a former world champion at the tail end of his career. He is the more experienced boxer who has competed in 41 fights and has a record of 37-3-1. He lost an interim title bout against Joseph Diaz last July but came back with a knockout victory over Rafael Hernandez in February.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 01: Boxer Ryan Garcia poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 1, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia will meet Romero Duno in a lightweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on November 2. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The 23-year-old boxer will be the favorite to win coming into this fight and this fight is seen as a stepping stone for him to eventually face Gervonta Davis. However, Fortuna is a veteran in the sport and will be the toughest challenge in Garcia’s career since he fought Luke Campbell. Moreover, the Dominican boxer will be motivated to get an upset win at this stage of his career.

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Sahil Sood

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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, and holds a keen interest in the 'sweet science'. His journey towards following boxing began when he first saw the highlights of Mike Tyson as a teenager, and then closely followed the rise of Floyd Mayweather.

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