Javier Fortuna outclasses Patrick Hyland to win decision

Javier Fortuna outclasses Patrick Hyland to win decision
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Dec 13, 2012)
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Javier Fortuna

In a battle of undefeated fighters, Javier Fortuna (22-0, 15 KOs) outworked Patrick Hyland (27-1, 12 KOs) over 12-rounds to win a unanimous decision at the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night. Sadly, the bout was more a snoozer than a sparkler.

In round one, both fighters did more staring than punching. Furtuna, a southpaw, tried to time the taller Hyland with combinations.

Fortuna, 23, opened up some more in round two. Hyland kept working behind his jab. His right hand connected to the side of Furtuna's face. The impatient Las Vegas crowd was booing at the end of the round.

Fortuna dropped his hands in round three. He was quicker, and his left was starting to land. Hyland wasn’t throwing enough punches. Fortuna landed a hard right to the body. Hyland countered with a left right combination at the end of the round. Fortuna continued to control the fight in round four. His movement and speed were too much for Hyland. In this writers opinion he had easily swept the first three rounds.

Hyland clipped his opponent with a lead right. Fortuna landed a hard right at the bell and another punch after the bell had sounded. Hyland wasn’t happy.

Fortuna began to impersonate Sergio Martinez (but without the drama) in round five. He moved in and out, peppering Hyland with punches - all the while keeping his arms at hip level. Hyland, 29, needed to punch more. Fortuna kept moving and jabbing.

In round seven, Hyland tried to force the action. His right was beginning to find Fortuna. Hyland landed a hard combination to the body of Fortuna. Hyland was definitely coming on. 

Fortuna was noticeably slower in round eight. He was still able to connect with combinations. Hyland cuffed him with two left hands. Both fighters landed hooks near the ropes.

Hyland’s corner told him to pick it up in round nine. Fortuna hit the canvas, but not from any punches. Hyland threw Fortuna down on his side, and a few seconds later Fortuna went down from a low blow. Fortuna had found his second wind by the 10th round. He was back to moving and punching. Hyland connected with a good right to the body. Later in the round, a three combination by Hyland also found pay dirt.

In round 11, Hyland ran into two hard lefts. Fortuna boxed like he had a comfortable lead on the scorecards. Hyland stalked, but his success was limited. The 12th and final round lacked drama. Hyland needed a knockout, but couldn’t connect solidly. Fortuna staggered Hyland with a flurry of punches.

All three judges had Fortuna winning by scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113.

Doghouseboxing scored the bout 117-111 for Fortuna
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