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  Fundora Batters Ocampo To Remain Undefeated

By William Trillo
Photos: German Villasenor


In front of a house full of fight fans in Carson, California, Sebastian Fundora (20-0-1, 13 KOs) and Carlos Ocampo (34-5, 22 KOs) squared off with the WBC Interim World Super Welterweight weighing in the balance. The fight started out on the outside which favored the tall, lanky Fundora. By the third round, Ocampos nose was bloodied, and it seemed as though he had no answers for Fundora.

But, surprisingly, the fight went to an inside battle for the midportions of the contest, and that would be Ocampo's best hope to have any success at all. It became a good, inside slugfest for a few rounds, and the fans were appreciative of the action

But, in the championship rounds, it went back to the outside, and, once again, the length of Fundora took over, and Ocampo had no chance fighting at this distance. After twelve grueling rounds, the judges scored it 117-111, 118-110, and 119-109, all in favor of Fundora.

Reflecting on the battle Fundora remarked, I wanted to display a little boxing, I thought I would show a little boxing and put that on display, but you know I still had to bang for the fans. Thats what they came here for, so I had to give it to them. I felt my jab was solid and the difference and had him backing up. You know I like to break my opponent down and he was very tough and his face swelled up too. But he banged. Hes a tough Mexican. My hat's off to him. In the middle I wanted to see if I could hurt him. I know Spence caught him with a body shot and I saw in the middle of the fight he was open for the left uppercut to the stomach so I saw that would slow him down. I am pleased with this performance because I did what we trained for. I trained for boxing and I trained to stay at a distance and I think we did that in the fight. Of course, I want to face the winner of Charlo and Tszyu. Im the WBC mandatory. Ive earned my spot and well see what happens. But I hope Im next. Fingers crossed.

The fight started out with the Boo-Birds showing their disapproval as Carlos Adames (22-1, 17 KOs) and Juan Macias Montiel (23-6-2, 23 KOs) did little or nothing in the first round. The message must have been well received by the fighters because the fight picked up the pace.

By Round 3, Montiel let go with a flurry that hurt Adames. Not to be outdone, Adames let his hands go, but in this case, the blows put Montiel on Queer Street. Wobbling and laying against the ropes, Montiel left the ref no choice but to stop the carnage before more serious damage could be done. Officially, the fight was stopped at the 2:37 mark of Round 3, and Adames left the ring with the WBC Interim World Middleweight belt around his waist.

On his victory, Adames noted, I think Im Number 1, and lets hope the big names of the division have the courage to face me now. I want to thank everyone who came out to see me. I want to thank my team, SHOWTIME, PBC. I do think Im Number 1 right now.

Fernando Daniel Martinez (15-0, 8 KOs) retained his IBF Super Flyweight title with a flashy unanimous decision victory over a tough Jerwin Ancajas (33-3-2, 22 KOs). Looking like a pint-sized version of Sergio Martinez, the Argentinian fought arrogantly at times, but he was all business, and Ancajas knew it. By all accounts, it was an entertaining bout, but there was no doubt Martinez was in control as the one-sided, final scores of 119-109 and 118-110 x 2 reflected.

After the fight Martinez stated, This was about validating the first fight. I trained very hard for this fight. I have a lot of people to thank, and this is for my dad up in heaven. Its definitely harder to maintain the hunger and maintain the title, but now were going after Chocolatito, and everyone else in the division whos in my way. My record shows that Im a champion, but it doesnt show the intensity that I have in my fights. Now, I can buy the house that my mother needs.

Egidijus Kavaliauskas (23-2-1, 18 KOs) dropped Mykal Fox (22-4, 5 KOs) twice in Round 3, and then went on to win a unanimous decision in a somewhat ho-hum Welterweight fight. After going down, Fox was able to keep Kavaliauskas at arm's length for the duration of a pretty dull show. Final scores tallied 98-90, 99-89, and 100-88 in favor of Kavaliauskas.

Gabriela Fundora (9-0, 4 KOs) defeated Naomi Arellano Reyes (9-2, 5 KOs) in the lone female fight of the night. The tall Flyweight Fundora took a unanimous decision on all cards that read 98-92 and 99-91 x 2.

Featherweight, Viktor Slavinskyi (13-2-1, 6 KOs) was on the short end of a tight battle with Edward Vazquez (12-2, 3 KOs). In what some may call a mild upset, Vazquez basically outworked Slavinskyi over the course of the eight round affair. Final scores read 78-74 Slavinskyi, but the other cards favored Vazquez by scores of 77-75 and 79-73 giving him the split decision nod.

Super Welterweight, Brandyn Lynch, (12-1-1, 9 KOs) looked very impressive with his third round demolition of Roque Agustin Junco (11-13-1, 6 KOs). Working behind a stiff jab, Lynch closed the gap, and then started working the body with vicious hooks. That punch brought an end to the action when it landed to the liver midway through Round 3.

Justin Cardona (8-1, 4 KOs) and Angel Rebollar (6-1, 3 KOs) put on a great little slugfest in this battle of up-and-coming lightweight. This one went toe-to-toe for the entire six rounds. It was a tight battle, but in the end, judges scored the bout 57-57, 58-56, and 59-55 giving Rebollar the victory.

Elijah Lorenzo Garcia (12-0,10 KOs) dispatched of his foe, Edgar Valenzuela (7-2, 6 KOs) in quick fashion in this Middleweight attraction. Body shots put Valenzuela down three times in the first round. The third blow came at the 2:18 mark of Round 1, which brought the contest to an immediate halt.

In a bloody Middleweight scrap, Eumir Felix Marcial (3-0, 1 KO) remained undefeated with his six-round, unanimous decision over Steven Pichardo (8-3-1, 2 KOs). Cut and covered in blood early, the resilient Marcial kept up the attack winning a clear-cut decision on all cards that read 60-54 across the board.


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