The former world champion aimed to make a statement on Saturday and he did just that.
A fast start by Javier Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 KOs) at the beginning of the fight led to a sixth round stoppage victory over Antonio Lozada (40-5-1, 34 KOs) in Los Angeles. Fortuna was rated in the top 5 in the WBC rankings before this bout and his performance keeps him in the hunt to contend for a lightweight title.
Once the opening bell rang Fortuna looked to overwhelm his opponent with power shots and Lozada could not get himself going in the first round. A combination of power shots put Lozada to the canvas with 1:12 left in the first which gave Fortuna lots of momentum for the rest of the fight. An accidental headbutt caused a cut above the right eye in round one but that did not slow down the activity of the 30-year-old from the Dominican Republic. He kept coming forward, setting up Lozada by feinting the jab and following up with the left hand. There was no offense from Lozada that deterred Fortuna as there were moments when Fortuna had both hands down in the third round.
In addition to the feints that Fortuna was using to set up Lozada, he was also scoring well with counter shots. There was a brief pause in the fourth round due to another accidental headbutt, and soon after that the referee had to admonish both fighters for not breaking the clinch when ordered to. The fifth and sixth rounds had Fortuna wearing down Lozada on the inside until the barrage of punches in the sixth forced referee Gerard White to wave off the bout.
Fortuna was eager to get in the ring after other fights had been off the table for him. He was mentioned as a possible opponent for Devin Haney as he was a mandatory challenger. That fell through, and he was put in position to fight Jorge Linares in a bout for the WBC diamond title scheduled for August 28th. Due to Linares testing positive for COVID-19, that bout was cancelled. It seemed like Fortuna would not be able to get a fight but when it was announced that he would take on Lozada, it gave him an opportunity to showcase his skills this year.