Undefeated interim WBC super welterweight champion Sebastian Fundora faces Brian Mendoza on Saturday live from the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA.
Boxing continues to roll with fight cards as Saturday night, Showtime heads into the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA, which will host a super welterweight attraction. 25-year-old interim WBC champion Sebastian ‘The Towering Inferno’ Fundora (20-0-1) puts his title on the line against Brian Mendoza (21-2) in a twelve-round bout.
Fundora is a low-key guy who keeps things the same in his personal life while continually training to stay ready when that phone rings for his next fight date. Regarding training camp, Fundora goes to the mountains to build up his cardio at elevation levels above the norm. These camps are a family affair as his sister Gabriela (10-0) joins her brother as she aspires to become a world champion one day. While on a Zoom with Fundora, I could see an enormous amount of snow, and he then said they received two feet of it that day. How is it training in the mountains for Fundora?
“We are in the mountains just training, using the altitude to train. This is nothing new as we have been using this throughout our whole professional career.”
“We have been eating a lot more,” said Fundora when asked about the snowy conditions.
Fundora continued, “I don’t know if it’s the cold, but we have been eating a lot more. We have a fast metabolism, so whatever we eat won’t stay in there for long.”
Not only has being in the cold made him eat more, but he also grew his hair out and a solid mustache.
“For the fight, I’ll shave it off, but it helps keep me warm.”
Sebastian Fundora vs. Brian Mendoza will stream live on the Showtime App
Fundora will be facing Mendoza, who has been in the ring with top fighters like Jesus Ramos and former unified super welterweight champion Jeison Rosario. Fundora doesn’t allow that experience to distract him as he feels the fighters on his resume have prepared him for this moment.
Fundora said, “Stuff like that hasn’t bothered me for a long time. Many of these guys we have been fighting have been undefeated or title contenders. We are not overlooking him but here to get the job done.”
What should the fans expect from Fundora on Saturday?
“Expects fireworks like always. Let’s see if it goes the distance or is a knockout. I’m always going to give you your money’s worth.”
If Fundora passes the Mendoza test, he is looking at a title shot either by the end of the year or in 2024. If it were up to him, he would fight three or four times a year, but Fundora mentioned that it’s up to the network or promoter that dictates how often he gloves up. Fundora's all-action style appeals to hardcore fans, so let’s see if Showtime can keep him busy for the rest of the year.