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Franco planning to spoil Fortuna’s plans for Gamboa fight

While handlers of unbeaten former WBA featherweight champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (22-0, 16 KOs) are banking on a quick KO win for Luis “La Estrella” Franco (11-1, 7 KOs) tonight on ESPN2 and then moving up in weight to target Yuriorkis Gamboa, Franco’s trainer Jorge Rubio says his fighter knows exactly how to beat Fortuna.

“Fortuna doesn’t have as much experience. Luis Franco is a former Cuban Olympian,” Rubio explained. “The amateur experience he’s had, he’s fought all over the world and has all the tools to handle every style. Luis has fought many southpaws and knows what to do with them. He’s sure he’s going to win this fight and so am I!”

Franco suffered his first pro defeat in his last fight, losing a close split decision in an IBF World Championship Eliminator against Mauricio Javier Munoz in Argentina. “It’s very important for him and me to win this fight,” continued Rubio. “If he wins, he can fight for a championship, but if he loses, he’ll have a problem landing big fights in the future. He must win this fight.”

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