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Spence vs Peterson: Javier Fortuna officially fails to make weight, fight to go on

Javier Fortuna won’t be able to win the IBF lightweight title tomorrow night.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

After initially failing to make weight earlier today, Javier Fortuna’s attempt to do it again after a two-hour window also came up well short, meaning that the Dominican fighter will not be able to win the IBF lightweight title on tomorrow’s Showtime broadcast.

His fight with titleholder Robert Easter Jr will go ahead, however. Easter (20-0, 14 KO) made weight with a half-pound to spare.

Fortuna (33-1-1, 23 KO) weighed in at 136.8 pounds during the weigh-in event, just under two pounds over the limit of 135 pounds. His later attempt resulted in a weight of 136.4 pounds.

Making this worse, in the eyes of some observers, at least, is the fact that the 28-year-old Fortuna was really coming up in weight for this fight. A former interim featherweight titleholder and super featherweight titleholder, Fortuna has moved up from 130 in his last four fights, but all of it coming sort of incrementally. He’s weighed in at 132, 133, 133, and 133 in those outings, and for his entire career, has never weighed in over 135 pounds, which he did for his pro debut back in 2009.

The rest of the fighters on the main card made weight, including the Errol Spence Jr vs Lamont Peterson main event.

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