Javier Fortuna and Omar Douglas had a pretty good idea their 10-round brawl was still in doubt heading into the final round. So they came out swinging, producing three of the most exciting minutes of the year.
Even though unbeaten contender Omar Douglas dropped former 130-pound champion Javier Fortuna in the opening round of their November 12 clash in Philadelphia, Fortuna battled back to take a slim lead on the scorecards heading into the 10th and final round.
Of course, nobody in the arena knew for certain what the scores were, least of all Douglas and Fortuna. So when the bell rang to begin Round 10, both fighters came out looking to take matters into their own hands, especially Fortuna, who fired one big potentially fight-ending haymaker after another.
Douglas not only survived Fortuna’s onslaught, but he countered with some knockout-quality blows of his own. Then with about 30 seconds to go, both boxers took the intensity level to skyscraper heights, closing the show with the kind of lay-it-all-on-the-line fisticuffs that brings the paying customers to their feet.
Indeed, Douglas and Fortuna earned mad respect for their final-round slugfest—not to mention every penny of their paychecks.
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