Boxing - Fortuna puts Zamudio in hospital after failing to make weight

Javier Fortuna responded to losing his WBA interim featherweight title by knocking out Miguel Zamudio at Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City.

Boxing - Fortuna puts Zamudio in hospital after failing to make weight

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Javier Fortuna (AFP)

Fortuna had been stripped of his belt after failing to make the 126-pound weight limit a day earlier.

''I was surprised when I didn't make the weight,'' Fortuna said after stopping Zamudio in the first round. ''Once that happened, I wanted to get a knockout to impress everyone.''

The fighter from the Dominican Republic arrived at the weigh-in at 127 pounds before dropping to 126.8 after a 30-minute workout. Not even stripping out of his clothes or standing on one leg helped him get under the limit.

The result was a determined Fortuna, who attacked Mexican Zamudio from the outset and dropped him in the opening seconds of the bout.

Zamudio managed to regain his feet but with just 1:08 on the clock, he was left unconscious on the canvas by a flurry of blows.

''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.''

Victory for Fortuna took him to 22-0 (15 KOs) while Zamudio, who left the ring on a stretcher and in a neck brace bound for hospital for testing, dropped to 25-2-1.

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

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