Javier Fortuna stops Miguel Zamudio

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Javier Fortuna stopped Miguel Zamudio with a devastating left hand in the first round on Friday, although he could not claim the WBA interim featherweight title as he did not make the weight the previous day.

Fortuna, from the Dominican Republic, improved to 22-0 with his 15th knockout.

WBA supervisor George Martinez stripped Fortuna of his crown after he weighed in at 126.8 pounds. He initially weighed 127, then stepped on the scale again after a 30-minute workout. He even peeled off all his clothes and stood on one leg on the scale.

''I was surprised when I didn't make the weight,'' Fortuna said Friday through a translator. ''Once that happened, I wanted to get a knockout to impress everyone.''

Fortuna swarmed Zamudio, from Mexico, in the opening seconds of the scheduled 12-rounder at Tropicana Casino and Resort, and dropped him with an overhand left. Zamudio scrambled to his feet, but wasn't upright for long. Fortuna capped another flurry with a left that left Zamudio unconscious on the canvas, prompting referee Eddie Cotton to stop the fight at 1:08 without a count. Zamudio dropped to 25-2-1.

''I was surprised he got up from the first knockdown because I hit him so hard,'' Fortuna said. ''I knew he wasn't getting up the second time because he fell pretty awkwardly.''

Ringside physicians quickly entered the ring and began to administer oxygen. After Zamudio regained consciousness, they applied a neck brace. He was carried him out of the ring on a stretcher and transported him to hospital for scans and tests.

''I'd say he was unconscious for 2 or 3 minutes, but we gave him some oxygen and that seemed to help,'' Wurmser said. ''That was a pretty incredible knockout.''


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