By Robert Coster
Former two-division WBA World Champion Javier Fortuna made his first foray in the lightweight division against fellow Dominican Mario Beltre in front of his local fans on Saturday night in Santo Domingo. Fortuna (32-1-1, 23 KOs) knocked down the outclassed Beltre (16-3, 9 KOs) in the first round and then finished him off in the second with a paralyzing hook to the body.
Flanked by his promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, Fortuna said, “I feel great fighting as a lightweight, very powerful.” It was Fortuna’s third straight victory since losing the WBA super-Featherweight title against Jason Sosa exactly a year ago.
In other bouts, Norberto “Meneito” Jimenez (27-8-4, 15 KOs) who hasn’t lost a fight in six years, put on his usual crowd-pleasing show, dominating Donis Garcia (16-2, 5 KOs) and stopping him in nine rounds. The gutsy Garcia came to fight but was befuddled by Norberto’s assortment of feints, bolo punches, side-steps and crisp uppercuts. The spent Garcia was knocked down three times in the ninth round, forcing the referee to stop the one-sided fight.
Promising jr welterweight Alberto Puello (12-0, 7 KOs) looked impressive in stopping veteran Venezuelan warrior Patrick Lopez (24-9, 15 KOs) in seven rounds.
Former WBA interim light-heavyweight Champion Felix Valera (15-0, 13 KOs) took his revenge from an amateur loss against Andy Perez (20-6, 19 KOs), winning by TKO in three rounds.
The 14 fight card was promoted by Shuan Boxing Promotion, held at the plush Renaissance Jaragua Hotel and Casino and televised by CDN Sports Channel.