Photos: Mary Ann Owen
WBA #2, WBC #7 featherweight Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (25-0-1, 18 KOs) won a entertaining ten round unanimous decision over WBC #15 Juan Antonio Rodriguez (26-5, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the newly renovated Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas. The former WBA interim featherweight champion dropped Rodriguez in round three, but Fortuna was also cut over his right eye. The round ended with Fortuna being knocked down with a jab that was missed by referee Robert Byrd. Fortuna continued to box well, but he was also increasingly getting busted up in the process. He smartly shifted his tactics to boxing from the outside in round seven and had some success. Rodriguez rocked Fortuna in the tenth and had him holding on but couldn’t finish the job. Fortuna won 98-91 on all three cards.
Undefeated super bantamweight prospect Luis Rosa (17-0, 7 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over WBC #5 rated Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (18-2, 13 KOs). Rosa overcame a fifth round knockdown and a seventh round point deduction to win by scores of 97-92, 97-91, 98-91.
Former WBC junior middleweight world champion and “The Contender” champion, WBA #10-rated Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (26-3-2, 9 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO against once-beaten Samuel Rogers (14-2, 8 KOs) in a middleweight bout. Mora dropped Rogers twice and got the stoppage with a barrage of unanswered punches.