Franco looks to upset Fortuna

Well-known trainer Jorge Rubio says his fighter, Cuban featherweight Luis "La Estrella" Franco (11-1, 7 KOs) knows exactly how to, and his positive he will, beat former interim WBA Champion Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna (22-0, 16 KOs) when the two meet on Friday, August 2 at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.

 

Franco and Fortuna will clash in the ESPN Friday Night Fights-televised 10-round main event of a night of world-class boxing, presented by Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing and Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing (in association with Tony Holden Productions and the Buffalo Run Casino).

 

And in the televised 10-round welterweight co-main event, former world champion Kermit "El Asesino" Cintron (33-5-2, 28 KOs) will take on tough Dominican Jonathan Batista (14-1, 7 KOs).

 

Tickets are priced at: Reserved: $25.00, Premium: $40.00 and Platinum: $60.00 and are available at www.buffalorun.com or by calling The Buffalo Run Box Office (918) 542-7140. On fight night, doors open at 7 pm.

 

Rubio, a former trainer of the Cuban national amateur boxing team, who has worked with numerous professional fighters including Guillermo Rigondeaux and Amir Khan, says Fortuna's ambush style and southpaw stance won't work against Franco like they have in the past.

 

"Fortuna doesn't have as much experience. Luis Franco is a former Cuban Olympian," he explained. "The amateur experience he's had, he's fought all over the world and has all the tools to handle every style. Luis has fought many southpaws and knows what to do with them. He's sure he's going to win this fight and so am I."

 

Rubio, who has known the fighter since he was 13, says he and Franco have been doing some very focused and intense work at his Xtream Boxing Gym in Hialeah, Florida.

 

"He'll be 100% for the fight; I'm putting all my attention on Luis right now because if he wins, it'll be good for him. He's training hard, moving well. He has tremendous speed and he wants to win so bad that he's had a great preparation.

 

At 31-years old, Franco needs a win if he is to ever reach the potential he had as one of the world's best amateurs. He suffered his first pro defeat in his last fight, losing a close split decision in an IBF World Championship Eliminator against Argentina's Mauricio Javier Munoz in Argentina.

 

"It's very important for him and me to win this fight," continued Rubio. "If he wins, he can fight for a championship, but if he loses, he'll have a problem landing big fights in the future. He must win this fight."

 

Tickets are priced at: Reserved: $25.00, Premium: $40.00 and Platinum: $60.00 and are available at www.buffalorun.com or by calling The Buffalo Run Box Office (918) 542-7140. On fight night, doors open at 7 pm.

 

ABOUT WARRIORS BOXING

 

Launched in 2003, Warriors Boxing operates under a simple philosophy-bring the best boxers in the world to fight fans, match them in competitive bouts, and in doing so help re-establish the sport of boxing for a new generation.

 

With a series of successful Pay-Per-View shows and packed houses to it's credit, the Warriors business model is working wonders in a sport that was sorely in need of the innovation and energy that the company brings to the table.

 

When it comes down to it though, a promotional company is only as good as the fighters and fights it promotes. Warriors Boxing has delivered on all fronts, with outstanding bouts such as Lara-Molina, Cayo-Peterson, Abraham-Miranda I and II, Miranda-Pavlik, Miranda-Green, Ibragimov-Briggs, Ibragimov-Klitschko, Urango-Hatton, Urango-Bailey, Cayo-Maidana and Ibragimov-Holyfield.

 

For more information on Warriors Boxing, visit their website at www.WarriorsBoxing.com.

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