Javier Fortuna Beats Cousin Cotto in 5th

Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

In the TV opener on Showtime, we saw Javier Fortuna take on Abner Cotto, on Saturday night, in a junior lightweight scrap, set for ten or less. It was a goofy, foul filled affair, with the ref losing control in ChiTown. But the free-swinging Fortuna took over, in the fifth, with a left hand which sent Cotto down for a ten count.

The left, on the chin-button, landed flush and that was it for cousin Cotto.

The Puerto Rican Cotto, second cousin of Miguel, was 18-2 entering, with 8 KOs. Fortuna, from the Dominican Republic, was 25-0-1 with 1 NC coming in.

In the first, the lefty Fortuna looked to press. A right staggered the PR man bad. He likes to set down on shots, land heavy, make a short night of it. The ref yelled at Fortuna not to hold, at 1:15. In the second, a behind the head shot put Fortuna down. He said it was from a behind the head shot, and indeed the ref took a point from the PR man for an infraction. Haven’t seen that before…Then the Cotto head hit a camera, leaving a sweat stain, as Fortuna attacked him. Replay showed that two blows landed behind the head and that’s what send Fortuna down.

In the third, Cotto warmed up, landed inside the lines, came forward, maybe felt that he could handle the power. Fortuna was now sticking and moving more, but he was eating jabs, and this fight tightened up. Juan DeLeon told Cotto to be moving, and have fun, after the round.

In the fourth, Fortuna came out gunning. His wide stance and wide shots had him open for counters but his power makes it not as easy to answer as it might seem like one could. Cotto went low a couple times in this round. The third one sent Fortuna to the mat. He got a break, a couple minutes. No point was taken. Cotto was more fiery, was coming forward, while Fortuna ran about the ring. Cotto went down after getting hit after the bell, and the crowd hooted. The ref took a point from Fortuna. The late blow, by the way, missed and Cotto took two seconds before falling.

In the fifth, Fortuna cam out the aggressor. He worked some bloody blows in, and a left then sent Cotto down. He was down, and stayed down.

Cotto went 46-144 to 105-302 for the winner.

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COMMENTS

-deepwater2 :

That was a street fight. Was it fixed? I think I will cancel Showtime and save $10 a month. I can go to the bar and watch the same. Who is the winner's advisor ?


-the Roast :

What the hell was going on in this fight? That ref should go away and never come back.


-deepwater2 :

An anonymous fan would have been a better ref. or no ref at all would have been better then that ref. hard to watch that in a club show but a premium channel.


-the Roast :

That was hard to watch. Making my city look bad. No wonder we never get any major fights here.


-deepwater2 :

I got fanfara by ko in 5. Chicago looks like a clean NYC


-brownsugar :

Fortuna is always wild and feisty... He reminds me of a young but undisciplined and unschooled Mayweather if there is such a thing..... Ever so often he gets the perfect leverage and his shots sound like a shot gun blast with devastating effects. He appears to have made some progress in the stamina department but whether or not they can modify his hot head temperament is anyone's guess... If NY and Chi-Town don't want him well take him in Buckeye Country.


-The Commish :

I got fanfara by ko in 5. Chicago looks like a clean NYC
It's funny you say "Chicago looks like a clean NYC." One of my daughters lives in Chicago. One day, while walking through the city of Chicago with her, I noticed how clean the city was and said, "Chicago reminds me of New York City...except for the fact that it's so much cleaner!" It might be clean, but it's also got the Chicago Cubs. Enought said! -Randy G.


-The Commish :

What the hell was going on in this fight? That ref should go away and never come back.
The ref is a fairly new pro, starting about a year ago after having both reffed and judged in the amateur ranks. This was was not one I am going to keep on my DVR. On second thought, maybe I should. I can use it in my Referees Seminars. -Randy G.


-DaveB :

@ The Commish, Ha,ha. Did anyone notice the ref looked like a young George W. Bush?


-Pazuzu :

The ref is a fairly new pro, starting about a year ago after having both reffed and judged in the amateur ranks. The was was not one I am going to keep on my DVR. On second thought, maybe I should. I can use it in my Referees Seminars. -Randy G.
Along with last year's Broner-Maidana bout, this match could serve as a textbook example for how a ref can lose control of a fight. ...fortunately, one punch knock-outs have a way of settling these affairs rather decisively.


-the Roast :

It would have been a good move to DQ Cotto after he went down when prompted by his corner from NOT being hit by a punch after the bell.


-The Commish :

@ The Commish, Ha,ha. Did anyone notice the ref looked like a young George W. Bush?
Lol...Yes, he did...kind of officated like him, too! I think it's time for you readers/posters from Illinois to apply for your licenses to officiate. -Randy G.