Before Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez go at it for the fourth time, Javier Fortuna (20-0, 15 KOs) and Patrick Hyland (27-0, 12 KOs) will step into the ring in a featherweight bout.
Known for being promoted by MTV's Jersey Shore's Snookie, Ireland's Hyland will have his hands full against a speedy Fortuna on Saturday night.
The winner of this fight should be a legitimate contender in the featherweight division and could begin moving up the ranks and fighting on more popular cards.
Here's your guide to Fortuna vs. Hyland:
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV
When: Saturday, Dec. 8. Under-card starts at 9 p.m. ET
Watch: HBO Pay-Per-View
Live Stream: Top Rank
|Welterweight Bout: Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez|
|Super Featherweight Bout: Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Michael Farenas|
|Lightweight Bout: Miguel Vazquez vs. Mercito Gesta|
|Featherweight Bout: Javier Fortuna vs. Patrick Hyland|
Tale of the Tape (h/t BoxRec & YouTube)
|20-0-21 (15 KOs)||Record||27-0-27 (12 KOs)|
Fortuna's Keys to Victory
All Fortuna has to do to win this fight is to be himself.
He's a fast and powerful fighter who knows how to get after his opponents early and often (as evident by his 15 knockouts). Fortuna will want to finish this fight earlier rather than later, as he begins to slow down as the rounds progress.
Look for Fortuna to come out blazing and try to end this thing quick.
Hyland's Keys to Victory
If Hyland is going to come out of this one victorious, the key will be body shots. Fortuna is going to come out fast and in his face, so if Hyland can land some body shots and carry this fight into the later rounds, he definitely has a chance.
Fortuna has never went more than 10 rounds in his career, so Hyland's best bet is to save his energy for the last couple rounds.
What They're Saying
According to the Examiner, the winner of this fight will obtain the interim WBA featherweight title, which will be the first world title for either fighter.
Sharing the same card as Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, this is an opportunity for both fighters to gain a substantial amount of exposure and notoriety in the boxing world.
I like Hyland's chances if he gets this fight into the later rounds, but I don't think that's going to happen. Fortuna is too fast and powerful and I think he ends this one before it gets too late.
Fortuna by KO
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