LOS ANGELES – With Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard seated ringside, the boxer whose system type most resembles that of an NBA participant didn’t produce the knockout they required.
Sebastian Fundora alternatively used the boxing expertise he is making an attempt to hone and went all 12 rounds with sport Spaniard Sergio Garcia in their WBC super welterweight elimination match. The group booed when the 6-feet-6 Fundora was introduced as the winner of a unanimous choice on the Gervonta Davis-Isaac Cruz undercard at Staples Center.
Judges Lou Moret (118-110) and Alejandro Rochin (117-111) scored 10 and 9 rounds, respectively, for Fundora in a combat that appeared much additional competitive than that. The third choose, Tom Carusone, scored it 115-113 for Fundora, a gangly southpaw who remained undefeated (18–1, 12 KOs).
His win moved the fourth-rated Fundora into a final WBC eliminator with top rated-rated Erickson Lubin (24-1, 17 KOs). The Fundora-Lubin winner will make a shot at WBC 154-pound winner Jermell Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs), who will box WBO champ Brian Castano (17–2, 12 KOs) in an fast rematch February 26.
Fundora had knocked out Nathaniel Gallimore, Habib Ahmed and Jorge Cota in his a few prior fights, respectively. Spain’s Garcia, the WBC’s variety two contender in their division, dropped for the to start with time as a professional (33-1, 14 KOs).
Fundora landed a still left and Garcia linked with a correct concurrently with just above 1:15 remaining in their struggle. Garcia clipped Fundora with a correct hand that got the crowd’s attention just right before the final bell sounded.
Garcia blasted Fundora with a ideal hand that moved Fundora backward in the 11th spherical.
Garcia pressed the action for significantly of the ninth and 10th rounds and landed some human body blows. He experienced difficulty catching Fundora thoroughly clean to his head, even though.
Fundora linked with a appropriate to Garcia’s overall body and adopted up with a straight still left to his head with just about a minute to go in the eighth spherical.
Fundora located his assortment for some of the seventh spherical. Garcia experimented with as very best he could to lunge and land on him, but Fundora defended himself superior in that round.
Garcia caught Fundora with a left-correct mix with just underneath 1:15 on the clock in the sixth spherical. Fundora fought Garcia on the inside for most of the fifth spherical, when both of those boxers landed head pictures.
An aggressive Garcia tried to drive his way within throughout the fourth round. Fundora established distance at occasions and landed numerous straight left hands of his possess in the fourth round.
Garcia appeared to excitement Fundora with a ideal hand to his head in the remaining moment of the fourth round.
Garcia’s correct hand backed Fundora into the ropes with just beneath 1:50 to go in the 3rd round. Garcia snuck in a correct hand just right before the third round finished as very well.
Garcia lunged and landed a jab on Fundora with about 1:15 to go in the 2nd spherical. He caught Fundora with a suitable uppercut approximately 15 seconds afterwards.
Fundora violently snapped again Garcia’s head with a straight left hand with just under a minute on the clock in the to start with round.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be attained on Twitter @Idecboxing.