WBC interim super welterweight champion Sebastian Fundora will be fighting at the Dignity Health Sports Park for the second time in a row as he defends that title against Brian Mendoza on Saturday April 8th, headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event.
Fundora-Mendoza will be preceded by Brandun Lee versus Pedro Campa in a super lightweight bout and Luis Núñez against Christian Olivo in a featherweight clash that will open the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast at 10pm ET.
Originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, Fundora (20-0-1, 13 KOs) now resides in Coachella California and has built himself to be one of the more fan-friendly fighters in the sport. He won the WBC interim title in the 2022 Fight of the Year against Erickson Lubin in April, followed by a victory over Carlos Ocampo in October. Fundora has scored victories over contenders like Nathaniel Gallimore, Jorge Cota, and Sergio Garcia en route to become one of the top fighters in the super welterweight division. He is confident that he is ready for this bout coming up in April and wants to move forward in his quest to be the best fighter at 154 pounds.
“I’m well-prepared for this matchup,” said Fundora. “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.”
Mendoza (21-2, 15 KOs) is coming off of a knockout win over former unified champion Jeison Rosario last November. The 29 year old from Las Vegas is under the guidance of Ismael Salas who has been in the corner of multiple world champions. Mendoza has won three of the last four fights, including a decision win over Thomas LaManna. He wants to continue this momentum into the bout against Fundora on April 8th as it could get him one step closer to a world title shot.
“I have another big opportunity in front of me on April 8th,” Mendoza said. “Just like in my last fight, I’m embracing the role of underdog so I can shock the world. I’m not satisfied with just fighting for a world title, I’m going to keep working day after day until I walk out of the ring with that belt wrapped around my waist.”
The card will be promoted by TGB Promotions, and president Tom Brown expects each fight on the card to be full of excitement.
“Sebastian Fundora has established himself as one of boxing’s must-see attractions, as he brings an all-action demeanor every time he steps into the ring, combined with an ability to end a fight at any time,” Brown said. “Brian Mendoza will be highly motivated to slow down Fundora’s momentum, which should make for great action at the always electric Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson. Adding in another action-fighter in Brandun Lee taking on Pedro Campa, and a pair of unbeaten featherweights in the TV opener, and April 8 lines up to be another memorable night on Showtime.”
Cover photo by Esther Lin of Showtime