Sebastian Fundora to Defend WBC/WBO Belts Against Errol Spence Jr. in October

Sebastian Fundora has secured his next opponent.

The 26-year-old Mexican American professional boxer and unified light middleweight champion and Errol Spence Jr. have agreed to a deal for a junior middleweight title fight in Dallas this October, per ESPN.

Sebastian FundoraFundora will defend his WBC and WBO belts, which he won in a split-decision upset over Tim Tszyu in March.

PBC‘s hope is to stage the Prime Video PPV event at AT&T Stadium if the finalized date fits into the Dallas Cowboys‘ home schedule.

Spence, 34, has competed there twice, with wins over Mikey Garcia and Yordenis Ugas.

Following Fundora’s victory against Tszyu, Spence stepped into the ring and called him out, saying, “It’s time to get it on. He got a pretty good height, but we’ll see. We’ll break him down like we always do.”

Sebastian FundoraIndeed, Fundora possesses uncanny height for a 154-pounder at 6-foot-5½ with an 80-inch reach. The 26-year-old’s first title victory came on the heels of his lone defeat, a seventh-round KO loss to Brian Mendoza in one of 2023’s most surprising results.

One year later, Fundora (21-1-1, 14 KOs) is ESPN‘s top junior middleweight after he replaced the injured Keith Thurman on 11 days’ notice to outlast Tszyu.

Known as “The Towering Inferno,” Fundora and his sister Gabriela are the first brother and sister to be full-fledged champions in boxing history.

Spence, meanwhile, will make his 154-pound debut after July’s ninth-round TKO loss to Terence Crawford for the undisputed welterweight championship. Spence (28-1, 22 KOs) was a mainstay of ESPN‘s pound-for-pound list before the setback.

He recently parted ways with Derrick James, who trained him since his amateur days that culminated in an Olympic run at the 2012 London Games.

Spence and James have sued each other surrounding a disagreement over money.

Sebastian Fundora Upsets Tim Tszyu to Capture WBC & WBO Junior Middleweight Titles

Sebastian Fundora has pulled off an upset…

In one of the bloodiest fights in recent memory, the 26-year-old Mexican American boxer scored the upset with a split-decision victory over Tim Tszyu to capture the WBC and WBO junior middleweight titles on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.

Sebastian Fundora One judge scored the fight for Tszyu, 116-112, but was overruled by 116-112 and 115-113 tallies for Fundora. If Tszyu won the final round, the Australian star would have pulled out a draw.

Nicknamed “The Towering Inferno” for his gangly, 6-foot-5 ½ 154-pound frame, Fundora replaced Keith Thurman (ruptured biceps) on 11 days’ notice and stepped into his first title shot coming off his first defeat.

Last April, Fundora (21-1-1, 13 KOs) suffered a seventh-round knockout loss to Brian Mendoza in one of the year’s biggest upsets. He entered the ring a decided underdog and lost the first two rounds on all three cards.

However, the fight seemed to change when Tszyu (24-1, 17 KOs) suffered a deep gash on his forehead late in Round 2 due to an accidental elbow from Fundora.

Given the nine-inch height difference, such an accident was more likely than usual.

The blood never stopped flowing into Tszyu’s eyes for the remainder of the bout. The ringside doctor threatened to halt the fight following Round 3 but allowed it to continue. Tszyu, 29, never complained and never stopped coming forward.

“I’m an old, throwback fighter,” said Tszyu, who entered the night rated No. 2 by ESPN at 154 pounds. “I couldn’t see, but all credit goes to the man who won tonight. These things happen. The momentum was rolling, swinging hard in the first two rounds, and then boom, you’re blinded completely.

“This is boxing and this is part of the sport. Congratulations to Fundora. He’s the new king of 154. We’ll bounce back.”

Fundora also faced serious adversity. His nose bled profusely from the opening round onward, and his mouth was pouring blood as well. It made for a scene out of a horror flick, with both fighters’ faces crimson masks.

It made for great action, too, as Fundora and Tszyu furiously exchanged in a slugfest for two 154-pound titles.

“I didn’t want to break my nose today, but … this is boxing, you’re going to get hurt and you just have to be smart,” said Fundora, who entered the ring as ESPN’s No. 5 boxer at 154 pounds. “He’s a world-class fighter. He was a world champion for a reason.”

Fundora executed a disciplined game plan and used his long southpaw jab to pepper Tszyu from range. He was never dragged into a firefight, unlike in past fights, particularly Fundora’s 2022 TKO win over Erickson Lubin, in which he was floored, and in his loss to Mendoza, when he was up wide on the cards before being stopped.

“I’ve been telling everybody this whole camp, I’m gonna use my brain,” said Fundora, who fights out of Coachella, California. He was lined up for a fight with Serhii Bohachuk on PBC PPV on Prime Video undercard before he received the call to replace Thurman.

With the victory, Fundora and his sister Gabriela became the first brother and sister to be full-fledged champions in boxing history. Gabriela retained her IBF flyweight title in January with a TKO victory over Christina Cruz.

“It means the world,” Fundora said.

Tszyu, the son of Hall of Fame boxer Kostya Tszyu, broke out last year with a trio of victories. Last March, he scored a career-best win with a stoppage of former champion Tony Harrison two months after he was set to fight Jermell Charlo for the undisputed championship. That bout was canceled due to Charlo’s hand injury.

Tszyu stayed busy with a first-round knockout victory over Carlos Ocampo and then outpointed Mendoza in October. Afterward, Tszyu announced that he would campaign in the U.S. moving forward as he set his sights on the marquee fights.

Thurman presented a recognizable name to raise Tszyu’s profile, but his injury changed plans 11 days out. Tszyu adjusted on the fly to a 6-foot-5½ southpaw after he prepared all training camp for a 5-foot-8 orthodox boxer.

And Tszyu appeared in control against Fundora until the cut. He landed some powerful shots down the stretch, but Fundora’s active jab won the fight. Tszyu had been looking ahead to potential summer showdowns with Terence Crawford or Errol Spence Jr., but a rematch with Fundora could loom.

Fundora might have other ideas, however.

Spence, who was dominated by Crawford via ninth-round TKO in July for the undisputed welterweight championship, entered the ring afterward and called for a shot at Fundora next.

“It’s time to get it on,” Spence said. “He got a pretty good height, but we’ll see. We’ll break him down like we always do.”

Canelo Alvarez Remains Undisputed Super Middleweight Champion with Trouncing of Jermell Charlo

Canelo Alvarez has defended his undisputed super middleweight championship title once again.

The 33-year-old Mexican boxing superstar defeated Jermell Charlo on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in a lopsided unanimous-decision victory, leading to his third title defense.

Canelo AlvarezAlvarez floored Charlo in Round 7 with an overhand right, the second knockdown of the challenger’s career, but there weren’t many more opportunities for a knockout.

Charlo wasn’t willing to engage and rarely threw a punch. He moved away from Alvarez’s power shots all night but never attempted to make him pay.

Two judges scored the fight 118-109, with the other tally 119-108.

“Nobody can compete with this Canelo,” said Alvarez, ESPN‘s No. 4 pound-for-pound boxer. “Two months in the mountains [training near Lake Tahoe] without my family. I still love boxing. I love boxing so f—ing much. Boxing is my life. Boxing made me the person I am today.”

Charlo (35-2-1, 19 KOs) entered the ring the undisputed junior middleweight champion and had never competed above 154 pounds before. He was stripped of his WBO title once the fight started and said he would return to 154 pounds, where he still holds three titles. Australian star Tim Tszyu will defend the WBO belt October 14 against Brian Mendoza.

“I feel like it wasn’t me in there,” said Charlo, 33, who fights out of Houston. “I don’t make excuses. You win some, you lose some. I’m undisputed in my weight; I was daring to be great. I’m proud of myself. He didn’t knock me out; he knocked all the other guys out.”

It was clear by the way Charlo competed that he was looking to hear the final bell. Every time Alvarez closed the distance, Charlo slid over, but he wasn’t interested in engaging.

Alvarez (60-2-2, 39 KOs) appeared frustrated as he looked for Charlo to open up and afford him some counterpunching opportunities. It never happened.

Instead, Alvarez piled up points on the scorecards by expertly cutting off the ring with effective aggression and clean body punching, the hallmarks of his legendary career.

Alvarez acknowledged in the lead-up to Saturday’s bout that he wasn’t at his best in his three most recent fights and vowed to return to top form. He did just that. His movement, conditioning and punching combinations all appeared to be peak Canelo, though Charlo never presented much adversity.

Alvarez’s last inside-the-distance win came in November 2021, when he scored an 11th-round TKO of Caleb Plant to capture the undisputed super middleweight championship.

He moved up to 175 pounds for a fight with Dmitry Bivol in May 2022 and suffered his first loss since 2013, when he was outpointed by Floyd Mayweather. Four months later, Alvarez returned to 168 pounds to conclude his trilogy with Gennadiy Golovkin with a victory but faded down the stretch.

Alvarez revealed afterward that he fought Bivol and Golovkin with a serious left wrist injury and underwent surgery in October. His first post-surgery competition came in May when he returned home to Mexico for a decision win over John Ryder.

Canelo broke Ryder’s nose and scored a knockdown but didn’t finish him in a grueling fight. Alvarez conceded this week that his hand wasn’t 100% then and that he was not fully confident in his lead weapon.

After the win over Charlo, he reaffirmed that he is back to form.

“Whoever,” Alvarez said when asked whom he would face when he returns for his next fight on Cinco De Mayo weekend. “I don’t f—ing care.”

This victory was the first of Alvarez’s three-fight deal with PBC, but it was originally slated to come against Charlo’s twin brother, Jermall, the WBC middleweight titleholder. Jermall Charlo didn’t proceed with the planned fight as he dealt with a personal matter, and Alvarez quickly accepted the smaller Charlo as the new opponent.

“They look the same,” Alvarez told ESPN on Wednesday. “Same size, same everything. I don’t really care which Charlo brother it is.”

Charlo called out undisputed welterweight champion Terence Crawford afterward and said he was also open to a fight against the winner of Tszyu-Mendoza. Charlo was set to fight Tszyu in January before he broke his left hand in two places.

Saturday’s fight was Charlo’s first since May 2022, when he scored a 10th-round knockout of Brian Castano in a rematch to win the undisputed junior middleweight championship.

Alvarez, meanwhile, remains the face of boxing and proved without a doubt that he is still on top, quieting the critics who said he was on the decline at age 33 after more than 60 fights.

Brian Mendoza Shocks Sebastian Fundora to Take WBC’s Interim Super Middleweight Belt in KO Upset

Brian Mendoza has pulled off a stunning upset…

With a couple of devastating punches, the 29-year-old Cuban American boxer sent his career to new heights with a knockout of Sebastian Fundora on Saturday night.

Brian MendozaA thunderous left hook followed by an overhand right sent Fundora to the canvas to give Mendoza a seventh-round KO win at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

Despite being a significant underdog, the boxer from Albuquerque, New Mexico was able to elevate his career with the stunning upset victory.

“I always said the dream wasn’t to come this far,” Mendoza told reporters in his post-fight news conference. “It was to accomplish the goal, become a champion.”

Mendoza (22-2, 16 KOs) picked up the WBC‘s interim super middleweight belt and handed Fundora (20-1-1, 13 KOs) his first professional defeat.

Up until that point, the taller fighter (6-foot-5½) out of Coachella, California, was seemingly in control. Across all three scorecards, Fundora won every round except for the first round on judge Nathan Palmer‘s sheet.

According to CompuBox, Fundora threw more punches than Mendoza in every single round and outlanded him in all but the first. However, Mendoza wasn’t rattled by Fundora’s success.

“You have to kill me to get to me to stop,” Mendoza said in his post-fight news conference. “None of those shots, even when he was snapping my head back with those uppercuts, I was never even flashed or dazed or anything like that. I said, ‘It’s OK, I’m going to eat these shots, but I’m going to keep coming.'”

Before last year, Mendoza had lost two of his last three fights, including a 2021 loss to Jesus Ramos. But the tide in his career started to turn with a win last November against Jeison Rosario, a former champion in the 154-pound division.

On Saturday, Fundora left a slow, southpaw jab out a little too long, leaving Mendoza a window to land the massive left hook that led to the knockout win.

“For one second I turned off but I guess that’s boxing, right?” Fundora said afterwards. “It happens. You just get caught with a punch.”