The last time Sebastian Fundora fought a southpaw, the tall, lanky left-handed fighter settled for a 10-round split draw with Jamontay Clark.
That draw remains the only fight Fundora hasn’t won since he made his pro debut in September 2016. He’ll face his first left-handed foe Saturday night since he and Clark boxed to a split draw in August 2019 at The Armory in Minneapolis.
The undefeated Fundora isn’t the least bit concerned, however, about boxing another left-handed opponent in Erickson Lubin.
“I feel good about fighting anybody – southpaw, right-handed, four arms, six arms,” Fundora told BoxingScene.com. “I’m ready for anything. Him being a southpaw won’t change a thing.”
Clark, who will box on the non-televised portion of the Lubin-Fundora undercard at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, has been Lubin’s primary sparring partner during training camp for his 12-round fight with Fundora. That doesn’t concern Fundora, nor does the official draw with Clark that’s on his professional record (18-0-1, 12 KOs).
“I don’t consider that fight a blemish,” Fundora said. “I thought I won that fight. We learned that southpaws are just a mirror of right-handed fighters. And then we went from there. You know, I can’t say everything that I learned [from fighting Clark], because then I’m telling you what I did in this camp. But I did learn. I learned a lot and you’ll see it in this fight.”
One judge scored Fundora a 98-92 winner over Cincinnati’s Clark (15-2-1, 7 KOs), but Clark won 96-94 on another card and the other judge scored the action even, 95-95. Fundora, 24, is 5-0 since his draw with Clark, including a 12-round, unanimous-decision victory over previously undefeated Spaniard Sergio Garcia (33-1, 14 KOs) in his most recent action, a WBC elimination match December 5 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Lubin (24-1, 17 KOs), of Orlando, Florida, is 6-0 since Jermell Charlo knocked him out with one perfectly placed punch in the first round of their October 2017 bout at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The winner of this “Showtime Championship Boxing” main event will take home the WBC interim super welterweight title and become the mandatory challenger for the winner of the upcoming Charlo-Brian Castano rematch. Houston’s Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) and Argentina’s Castano (17-0-2, 12 KOs) will fight again for Charlo’s IBF, WBA and WBC championships and Castano’s WBO belt in another “Showtime Championship Boxing” main event May 14 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.