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Javier Fortuna misses weight, won’t vie for title against Robert Easter Jr.

Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime
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Jan

Despite moving up to lightweight, it was Javier Fortuna who couldn’t reach the 135-pound limit ahead of Saturday’s title fight against Robert Easter.

And it won’t be a title fight for Fortuna anymore as a result.

The Dominican Republic native weighed in 136.4 pounds Friday, the highest of his career, and he’s no longer eligible to win the title. If he upsets Easter, the title will become vacant.

Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime

Easter, who will enjoy a five-inch height advantage, made weight at 134.6 pounds.

In the Showtime main event, Errol Spence Jr. weighed in at 147 pounds on the dot for the first defense of his welterweight title. Lamont Peterson, who held a title at 140, came in at 146.75 pounds.

The telecast starts at 9 p.m. ET.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • Ignacio Ortiz

    How do you move up a weight class and still end up being 1.5 lbs over the limit??!! That’s crazy and totally unprofessional by Fortuna oh well there’s foes a chance at winning another title.

    • Wade Wilson

      I don’t think he had any intention to make the weight.

      • Ignacio Ortiz

        Wade Wilson Honestly idk about him intentionally not making weight i mean his body couldve struggled to lose weight especially since he hasn’t probably stayed in the gym and in shape for this fight. Most likely he had a 5-6 week camp when he probably need 8-9 weeks.

        • Wade Wilson

          He’s at the disadvantage so he may have been looking for any edge or it could’ve been something as simple as not seeing the strain as worth it. One way or another I don’t think he cared.

        • jebib

          I wonder what his “walking around” weight is? If he could successfully cut to a lower class in the past shouldn’t this have been easier?

          • Ignacio Ortiz

            jebib most likely when Fortuna was told about this fight he probably must’ve been walking around at 160-165 i would think

      • ceylon mooney

        for sure

  • SCOTT BARKER

    WAY TOO MANY TIMES IS THIS ALOWED TO HAPPEN IN TODAYS WATERED DOWN BOXING OF WHAT CLOSE TO 1OO BELTS IN ALL———I SAY GO BACK TO THE 8 TRAD. BELTS& I CAN ASSURE YOU THIS WILL BE A RARITY.;END OF SUBJECT!

    • ozzy

      Surely going back to 8 weight classes is a sledgehammer to crack a nut – just start fining them their full purse and give it to their opponent. If both miss the weight take both of their purses off them and donate them to one of the many boxing associated charities.

      • Fist_ti_cuffs

        So you think two men/women would actually fight for free?

  • James Otis

    I have become so jaded concerning certain promoters and their judges that when they put on a show, I automatically assume the outcome has already been bought and paid for. Fortuna has no incentive to sweat off a pound and half . He probably would try if there were a chance of a fair fight. That has to be demoralizing.

    • James Otis

      You could tell by the smiles and jovial attitudes of the promoter and his kid before the announcement of the decision that they already knew the result even before the tally of the cards. No worries…already bought and paid for. What crap.

  • Wade Wilson

    It should be a loss. Not a loss by DQ or anything else so they can rationalize that it doesn’t count as many do, just an L and leave the rest blank. Come to think of it, it should be that way with a DQ and just have the round where it ended listed. This also shows that the belts don’t mean much as Fortuna only cared about the win and not the title.

    • Dee Money

      Weight is the normalized variable in the sport; it has allowed fighters of all sizes to compete, and having weight classes is what makes combat sports great. I am usually disgusted when a fighter doesn’t make a contractually agreed upon weight and tend to agree with the idea that they automatically get an L and disallowed from fighting. Although I think the fighter who made weight be given an option of a replacement opponent.

      And since we no longer have same day weigh-ins I feel similarly about mandating hydration clauses.

      • Wade Wilson

        I agree on both points.

  • Chris Stans

    Way to squander a title opportunity

    • Joey Junger

      He’ll lose some of that weight after Easter makes him a head shorter.

  • ceylon mooney

    ROBBERY

    u could see that one comin a mile away. told my GF this is how theyd do fortuna.

    wow. hearin all of madison sq garden boo the result.

    as i said, garcia would have NO problem with this guy. fortuna sure as shit had his number. dirty coupla rounds thats for sure.missed weight on purpose and all, BUT…nice robbery.

    • James Otis

      I don’t care how much bluster Easter throws out about fighting Garcia, Haymon won’t let Easter within a mile of Garcia and probably not Linares either. The crowd was booing because I didn’t get the knockout. Yeah,right.