Friday, June 15, 2012
Fortuna-Cruz fill bill on FNF
By Dan Rafael
Former junior bantamweight titlist Marvin Sonsona, a 21-year-old from the Philippines who is now fighting as a featherweight, was due to headline the July 6 edition of ESPN2/ESPN3's "Friday Night Fights" against Orlando Cruz in Las Vegas. However, Sonsona withdrew because of a thigh injury and a blood infection, resulting in a new main event, which was put together Thursday: Dynamic prospect Javier Fortuna will face former featherweight titlist Cristobal Cruz in a 10-rounder at 128 pounds. Heavyweight prospect Magomed Abdusalamov will face Maurice Byarm in the co-feature.
Fortuna (19-0, 14 KOs) is coming off a sensational first-round knockout of previously undefeated Yuandale Evans on April 27 on FNF. The 35-year-old Cruz (39-13-3, 23 KOs) has seen better days and is 0-2-2 in his past four fights. Still, he is Fortuna's most experienced opponent so far.