Sebastian Fundora Edges Garcia At Staples Center
Super Welterweight prospect Sebastian Fundora has shown why he is one to watch as he could get the edge of tricky Sergio Garcia by unanimous decision Sunday night.
The final scorecards were 115-113, 117-111, and 118-110, all in favor of Funodra in an exciting yet tactical matchup.
This was the Showtime co-main event bout that aired on pay-per-view from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Garcia looked to bring the fight to Fundora as he was up into his kitchen from the opening bell, which played well into what Fundora does in the ring. There was an eye-catching straight left that Fundora poped Garcia with that got a moment of admiration from the crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in the opening round.
The exchanges get inside the two picked up in the second round as Garcia had to get inside on the 6’7 Fundora. Garcia was still having success getting inside but was still going to be a target for the right for Fundora. In the fourth round, Garcia had a cut on his left eye that Al Berstein noted on the pay-per-view broadcast shooting blood that landed over by them in the broadcast area. This was started from an uppercut from Fundora.
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As the fifth round was coming to a close, you can see that Garcia planned to keep throwing this overhand right that was having some success early on in the round, but Fundora was able to evade and continue to eat shots to the body. During the sixth round, the broadcast also noted that both fighters’ punch output wasn’t up to par as it usually is, as both guys weren’t putting many of their shots together.
As the fight moved on, Garcia stayed the aggressor and continued to make the fight difficult for Fundora as both guys couldn’t get much going in the ring. So much to the point, as the tenth round came to a close, the broadcast was shocked at how both fighters have combined to throw over 1100 punches via Compubox. Previewing the Fundora fight, I wondered how he would box with Garcia, and this fight played out as many thought it would. Just not with as much output, and both guys weren’t able to land anything of significant concern until Garcia caught Fundora in the closing seconds of the fight.
With the win, We’ll see where the undefeated Fundora goes from here as this moves him one step closer to the belt held by WBC champion Jermell Charlo, but this wasn’t the most appealing co-main Sunday night.