Boxing: Javier Fortuna to Defend Title Against Carlos Velasquez on PBC on FS1 Sept. 29

By Mike Sloan Sep 9, 2015
Premier Boxing Champions announced Tuesday that the Sept. 29 card will be headlined by WBA junior lightweight champion Javier Fortuna. The unbeaten Dominican will be defending his crown against Carlos Velasquez in the main event of the PBC’s Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays on Fox Sports 1, which will be held inside the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas.

Fortuna will make the first defense of the title he won in May after toppling Bryan Vasquez over 12 rounds. Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 KOs) had been running roughshod throughout the 130-pound division and he appears headed toward greatness in the sport.

"I am so excited to be headlining this great event and I look forward to defending my title in Las Vegas," Fortuna said in a statement. "Velasquez is a very tough fighter, but I am going to prove that I am a great world champion. This will be an entertaining fight and I won't stop going until I get the knockout."

Velasquez (19-1, 12 KOs) is a 2004 Puerto Rican Olympian has been fighting largely in six-rounders, but since being knocked out by Rico Ramos two years ago, Velasquez has been on a tear, winning four straight.

"It's been a childhood dream of mine to become a world champion and now that time has come to show the world that I'm worthy." said Velasquez. "I'm going to leave everything in the ring against Fortuna. He's one of the best fighters in the division and a win against him will open up many doors for my career."

The event will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. A full undercard will be announced in the coming days.


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