Sebastian Fundora vs. Brian Mendoza
Final Press Conference
Undefeated super welterweight sensation Sebastian ďThe
Towering InfernoĒ Fundora and rising contender Brian Mendoza
squared off Thursday during the final press conference and
promised explosive action when they meet for Fundoraís
Interim WBC Super Welterweight Title this Saturday, April 8
live on SHOWTIME from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson,
Calif. headlining a Premier Boxing Champions event.
The press conference also featured fighters competing on the
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXINGģ telecast beginning at 10 p.m.
ET/7 p.m. PT. Also going face-to-face Thursday were
undefeated super lightweight contender Brandun Lee and
Mexicoís Pedro Campa, who meet in the 10-round co-main
event, plus undefeated featherweights Luis NķŮez and
Christian Olivo, who duel in the 10-round telecast opener.
Itís the second of back-to-back nights of boxing on SHOWTIME
as SHOBOX: The New Generationģ kicks off on Friday, April 7
live at 10 p.m. ET/PT in Brooks, Calif.
Fundora has established himself as one of the 154-pound
divisionís most dangerous and exciting fighters, reinforcing
his status by stopping Erickson Lubin last Aprill in one of
2022ís best fights. He returns to fight at Dignity Health
Sports Park for his second-straight bout after dominating
Carlos Ocampo at the venue last October and faces the
fast-rising Mendoza, who scored a career-best win his last
time out by knocking out the former unified champion Jeison
Rosario in November.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from the
ďWeíre just ready to put on a good show. It feels great to
be fighting tough guys like Mendoza and thatís what I want
to do again and again. I love fighting in front of these
fans in Southern California.
ďI think this is a great fight for these fans. The fans here
are very demanding and a fight like this will give them
their moneyís worth.
ďIím becoming more comfortable in this role as a headliner.
Itís given me a good kind of overwhelming feeling for some
past fights, but Iíve been very relaxed this whole camp and
Iím just ready to go.
ďWeíre just here to work. Weíve been working hard and weíre
ready for another great performance on SHOWTIME and in
ď[Undisputed Super Welterweight Champion] Jermell Charlo of
course is the guy we want. Whoever falls in line though,
weíll take who we can get. The job is to beat the guy in
front of you.
ďMy father Freddy is a mentor and leader for me and my
sister Gabriela. Weíre going to follow his lead and thatís
what you need in this sport. Itís not only inside the ring,
but because heís our father, itís outside the ring as well.
ďThis is all because of hard work and itís all paying off. I
see that the fans respect the way I fight and it just makes
me want to fight harder.
ďWeíve been in this position before. Weíre here to win and
we worked hard. Weíre here to keep moving forward.
ďMe and my dad have been watching fights from a couple years
ago when I was a bit more aggressive and was taking guys
out. Last time we went the distance and wanted to show more
boxing, but this time weíre gonna show that new work.
ďIím getting older and Iím getting stronger. The punches are
coming in nicely and Iím excited to showcase it on Saturday.
Iím smarter and I know how to place my punches a lot better
ďIím just super excited. In my last performance I was a big
underdog and everyone saw the result. You can expect the
same type of performance and result on Saturday night.
ďThis Saturday is everything. The win is everything. Iíve
dedicated it all to this. Iíve had setbacks, but Iím proof
that you just have to work hard. Now Iím in the main event
and Iím looking to keep the journey going. This isnít the
end of the story.
ďWe moved out of New Mexico to Las Vegas to work with
[trainer] Ismael Salas. I felt like there was another level
I needed to hit. The chemistry I have with Salas has brought
that out of me. Everything is finally lining up together
ďIf he wants to fight inside and bang or use his distance,
Iím ready. We trained for everything. We left no stone
unturned. Weíre ready to make the adjustments needed so we
can get the job done.
ďThis is gonna be another explosive upset. I put everything
into this camp. I sacrificed day in and day out. No matter
how it comes, itís gonna be explosive.
ďIíve seen all of Fundoraís fights and Iíve always had
something in the back of my head that told me I was going to
fight him. I was always ready and as soon as they called for
this fight, there was no hesitation from me.
ďMy whole life has prepared me to face a fighter whoís
unique physically like Fundora. Even when I was an amateur I
used to help a tall UFC fighter Tim Means prepare for his
fights and in this camp we brought in Mykal Fox whoís
another tall and lanky guy. Everything has led up to this
moment and Iím ready to take full advantage.
ďWhen I moved to Las Vegas we basically broke everything
down in my boxing game and started over from scratch. We
perfected all the little things, fixed my bad habits and
improved on some stuff I did well. Iím around legends, world
champions, contenders and prospects constantly, so thereís
too much knowledge not to soak it up out there.Ē
ďIím feeling great. I had an excellent training camp and Iím
healthy. I canít really ask for anything more heading into
ďStyles make fights, so Iím not going to look at what
Teofimo Lopez did against Campa. Iím bringing my own style
and Campa is going to see something that he hasnít seen
before. Iím only focused on getting the win.
ďIíve been boxing since I was a young kid. Every time I step
into the ring, itís just another day in the office. Doesnít
matter if itís King Kong or Godzilla in there.
ďI canít knock everybody out, but if it comes it comes. Iíve
shown that I can go the distance, but if the opportunity is
there, Iím going to end the night early.
ďMy father [Bobby Lee] and I have a great relationship
because we have a lot of respect. When weíre in the gym,
weíre student and teacher.
ďAnybody can get it. Iím ready for the best fighters at 140
pounds. Iím in this sport to become a world champion. When
the moment comes, Iíll go after that world title.
ďIn a perfect world Iím gonna win and leave it all in the
ring. Thatís the only thing on my mind.Ē
ďIím very thankful for this opportunity. I know that I have
to win this fight for greater things to come. If I want the
best fights, I have to try my best to win this fight. Iíve
prepared well and Iím coming to win.
ďFighting Teofimo Lopez was an invaluable experience. I
showed what Iím worth and what I can do inside of the ring.
On Saturday night, I come to win. Nothing else.
ďBrandun is a good fighter, but itís my job to go out there
and give everything Iíve got in order to win. Nothing else
matters right now.
ďI came here to win. Iím ready to go all 10 rounds, but if
the knockout comes, Iím ready. But all that matters is
getting my hand raised.
ďThis is a difficult fight against an undefeated opponent,
but I want the Mexican people to know that Iím going to win
and weíre going to celebrate in Sonora when I come back.
ďBrandun has fast hands and I really have to watch out for
his straight right hand. If I can get Brandun to fight the
way I want him to fight, I know I can knock him out.Ē
ďI feel both mentally and physically ready. I feel great.
Itís gonna be a battle, but Iím ready for everything. This
was an opportunity that I couldnít pass up, so Iím going to
do my best to give everyone a great show when I get into the
ďChristian is a fighter who presents a variety of
challenges, but I have no problem fighting at any range or
in any way. I trained hard and Iím ready to do whatever it
takes to come out with the victory.
ďOn Saturday people are going to see what Iím all about. I
know that I have to really stand out to impress people and
get to the big fights that I want. Itís up to me to show the
fans what Iím truly about.
ďThe last time I had a Mexican fighter saying that heís from
a storied Mexican boxing background, I made him eat his
words. I have a feeling the same thing is happening this
time around, or it might be even worse for him. Youíll have
to tune in and see.Ē
ďIím really happy and excited to be on this stage with all
of these quality fighters that are gonna give it their all.
Iím ready and motivated to put on a great show Saturday
ďThis is nothing new to me, itís a very important fight
thatís a steppingstone. If I do what I want to do, Iíll be
able to fight against the elite fighters in the
ďIím very motivated to be fighting at a venue where so many
other Latin American and Mexican fighters have put on
memorable fights. I want to put on a show for all the fans.
ďIím coming here for a knockout. Thatís the goal and weíre
going to take advantage if the opportunity comes.Ē