Sebastian Fundora vs. Sergio Garcia Showdown in play for August
Sebastian Fundora is in line for a quick turnaround bout after his impressive slugfest and fourth round TKO victory over Jorge Cota in May.
The undefeated 6’5½ “junior middleweight contender is still awaiting a confirmed fight date for his agreed-upon 12-round fight against Spaniard Sergio Garcia. There has been some vagueness of the fight that would take place later this summer, Fundora ( 17-0-1, 12KO) informing members of the media over the weekend of a possible August 7 date set aside for combat.
“I have Sergio Garcia on August 7th, hopefully in LA. They’re talking about LA,” Fundora told ESNews on Saturday, as he watched Chris Colbert’s win over Tugstsogt Nyambayar at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson , Calif. The site has hosted four PBC-branded events since the pandemic, with at least one more coming on August 14.
Fundora was present watching his sister Gabriela Fundora claim her second career victory on the undercard. The suggestion of his fight against Garcia landing on the site atop an August 7 PBC on Fox TV has yet to be confirmed. PBC representatives declined to comment on the matter because it is not in the company’s practice to discuss fight dates that are not officially announced.
The previous edition of PBC on Fox aired June 27 from The Armory in Minneapolis. Digital banners circulated throughout the evening suggested the venue would host the next show on August 7, but without further details on the date of the main event.
Fundora, 23 (17-0-1, 12 KOs) is promoted by Sampson Boxing from Sampson Lewkowicz and fights exclusively under the Premier Boxing Champions banner. The PBC website has yet to list August 7 as the event date on its website.
Garcia, 28 (33-0, 14 KOs), is a Spaniard who has only fought once outside his home country. The super welterweight nicknamed “El Nino” won a unanimous decision over the then unbeaten Ted Cheesman in 2019.
Outside of Cheesman, Garcia’s victories have been won by opponents with mostly uneven records.
The Fundora “Towering Inferno” will present Garcia with a much more important task.
Fundora was last featured on the underlying card to the FOX card with Andy Ruiz winning out over Chris Arreola headlining. Fundora’s fight with Cota was a phone booth type fight in which Fundora landed 141 punches and absorbed 62 shots in just four rounds before referee Ray Corona stepped in to stop the fight while Cota was still standing. .
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