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Sebastian Fundora ready for Brian Mendoza

Fundora at ease as headliner

Almost six years after making his professional debut, Sebastian Fundora is firmly entrenched as one of the world’s best super welterweights. “The Towering Inferno” can even be called a boxing headliner these days.

Brian Mendoza wants to supplant Fundora atop the welterweight marquee, though. Fundora hopes to keep his ascent while stalling Mendoza’s rise Saturday night in Carson, Calif. 

Mendoza, though, wants to walk away with Fundora’s interim WBC Super Welterweight title when they meet at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Sebastian Fundora ‘ready to go’

“I’m becoming more comfortable in this role as a headliner,” Sebastian Fundora said. “It’s given me a good kind of overwhelming feeling for some past fights, but I’ve been very relaxed this whole camp and I’m just ready to go.

“We’re just here to work. We’ve been working hard and we’re ready for another great performance on SHOWTIME and in Carson.”

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The 6-foot-6 Fundora, 25, is undefeated as a professional with a 20-0-1 record and 13 knockouts.  He won the first 13 fights of his career before earning a draw against Jamontay Clark on Aug. 31, 2019.

Fundora, who has Mexican and Cuban roots, has won his last seven fights, four by knockouts. Mendoza, 29, is 21-2 with 15 knockouts. 

“This Saturday is everything,” Mendoza said. “The win is everything. I’ve dedicated it all to this. I’ve had setbacks, but I’m proof that you just have to work hard. Now I’m in the main event and I’m looking to keep the journey going. This isn’t the end of the story.”

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The bout will be aired live on SHOWTIME. The co-main event will feature super lightweight Brandun Lee against Mexico’s Pedro Campa.

“Styles make fights, so I’m not going to look at what Teofimo Lopez did against Campa,” Lee said. “I’m bringing my own style, and Campa is going to see something that he hasn’t seen before. I’m only focused on getting the win.

“I’ve been boxing since I was a young kid. Every time I step into the ring, it’s just another day in the office. Doesn’t matter if it’s King Kong or Godzilla in there.”

Luis Núñez and Christian Olivo will open the SHOWTIME telecast in a 10-round fight between a pair of undefeated featherweights.

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