Sebastian Fundora Scored Grueling TKO Victory Over Lubin
Young Californian Jr. Middleweight Sebastian Fundora is billed as the “Towering Inferno,” and Saturday night in Las Vegas he overcame another young tough fighter in Erickson Lubin in a “fire fight” between the two.
Fundora had to get off the canvas for the first time in his career, but then wore down Lubin in brutal fashion for a TKO win after the 9th round to remain undefeated Saturday night.
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The action heated up immediately in round two, as the 6’6″ Fundora and Lubin traded at close quarters along the ropes throughout the round. Eventually, Fundora, now 19-0-1 with 13 KOs, got the better of the exchanges scoring with lead lefts followed by rights.
Then, he dropped Lubin with a hard right uppercut that landed the veteran on the seat of his pants a bit wobbled and stunned with just seconds remaining in round two. Fundora couldn’t finish Lubin before the bell sounded.
To the 26 year old Lubin’s credit, he recovered in between rounds and continued to battle the bigger fighter. Lubin, now 24-2, fighting out of the southpaw stance, scored repeatedly with lead lefts and also scored effectively to the body. However, Fundora continued to pressure him and score inside, especially with the uppercuts.
Lubin, who’s known as “The Hammer” continued to score inside, but at times was getting hit, as much as he gave. Then, he finally landed a left right combo that staggered Fundora late in the seventh round and another hard right put the bigger Fundora down on a knee.
Still, the 24 year old Fundora was not seriously hurt and finished the round. Then, he was back to swarming the smaller Lubin inside and out-landing him with uppercuts and left hooks.
Lubin’s right side of his face was clearly swelling heading into the 9th. And, Fundora picked up the pace with hard punch after hard punch wobbling him in the closing seconds of the frame. At the bell that led Lubin’s trainer Kevin Cunningham to tell referee Russell Mora he wanted the bout stopped.
Fundora leaped to the nearby corner ropes in ecstasy and victory, knowing that a world title shot may soon be in his future.
“I knew the uppercuts were going to land. He (Lubin) was just standing there in front of me. He said he was going to come out and fight and he did, Hats off to him.” Fundora said to Showtime after the bout.
On the stoppage Fundora added, “his face shifted from round one to round nine. It completely morphed and there was a lot of blood coming out. He was a tough fighter. He was in the game the whole time, but there’s no need to get hurt that much.”
The hard fought victory certainly will put Fundora in the conversation to meet the winner of the Undisputed 154 lb. title rematch between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano in May.
Earlier in the night in the co-feature bout, Tony “Super Bad” Harrison scored a dominant 10 round unanimous decision win over veteran Sergio Garcia. The former WBC World Jr. Middleweight title holder was the faster more effective fighter over the course of the bout and was in complete control.
Harrison could also be a future opponent for Fundora before he gets a crack at the Charlo-Castano winner.