Undefeated super welterweight Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora will make the second defense of his Interim WBC Super Welterweight Title against the feel-good story of 2022, Brian Mendoza on Saturday, April 8 live on SHOWTIME from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event.
Fundora, who is the odd man out in the moment as Tim Tszyu was set to face Jermell Charlo, for all four world titles that Charlo currently holds at 154 lbs., has been waiting in the wings at his chance at greatness. With Charlo injured, and Tim Tszyu facing Tony Harrison for the WBO interim super welterweight title. Fundora had an outstanding 2022 in which he stopped Erickson Lubin and made a successful homecoming to the L.A. market by defeating Carlos Ocampo.
“I’m well-prepared for this matchup,” said Fundora via a press release. “I’m training hard, as usual, and I’m ready to put on a great show for the fans in Carson all over again. We expect a great fight from Mendoza. I hope he brings his best so that we can give the fans their money’s worth. Every single fight is important, so we’re going in there to win and get to where I want to be, and that’s world champion of the 154-pound division.”
Brian Mendoza, who has originally from New Mexico, but has relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada, and works with Ismael Salas, has taken a hard road to get to the main event. As Mendoza at one time was fighting on Top Rank undercards as a prospect before losing to Larry Gomez. Mendoza would suffer another setback losing to undefeated Jesus Ramos Jr., but Mendoza’s greatest attribute was to not give up. In 2022, he scored a fifth-round upset win over former unified world champion Jeison Rosario, which in-effect retired Rosario. Now Mendoza is looking to become one of the key players in the division as he faces Fundora.
The undercard will feature two televised bouts as the co-feature will super lightweight Brandun Lee facing Pedro Campa in a ten-round fight, and undefeated featherweight Luis “The Twist” Núñez and Christian Olivo in ten-round bout as well.
“This is my first co-main event, so it’s important for me to go and show the boxing world who Brandun Lee is and where I belong in the division,” said Lee. “Pedro Campa is a true Mexican veteran who can take a punch but also give one, so I have to be alert at all times. The fans can expect an explosive performance from me. I’m looking forward to performing in front of my family and friends but most importantly, I’m looking forward to being under those bright lights on April 8.”