The responsibility that accompanies headlining a boxing card at Dignity Health Sports Park isn’t lost on Sebastian Fundora.
Fundora always aims to deliver entertainment to fans that pay to attend his bouts, but that will be particularly important to the WBC interim super welterweight champion when he encounters Carlos Ocampo at that storied venue October 8. The undefeated Fundora has watched boxing matches from the stands at the outdoor tennis stadium formerly known as StubHub Center and Home Depot Center, thus he knows what these typically blue-collar crowds expect.
“A lot of the people who come out to these fights are working class and they spend their hard-earned money to go watch a good fight, and that’s what I want to deliver,” Fundora said. “I fight for the fans. Without the fans, boxing is not the same.”
Fundora (19-0-1, 13 KOs) grew up in Coachella, approximately a two-hour drive from Carson. He knocked out Mexican contender Jorge Cota in the fourth round of his only appearance at Dignity Health Sports Park, a fan-friendly firefight that took place in May 2021.
The 6-foot-6 southpaw is heavily favored to defeat Mexico’s Ocampo (34-1, 22 KOs) in their “Showtime Championship Boxing” main event, yet he will encounter an opponent who has won 12 straight fights since his lone loss to Errol Spence Jr. The unbeaten Spence (28-0, 22 KOs), a strong southpaw from DeSoto, Texas, stopped Ocampo with a body shot just before the bell sounded to end the first round of their IBF welterweight title fight in June 2018 at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
“Ocampo is a big, Mexican 154-pounder,” Fundora said. “He’s been at this weight for a while now and I knew he’s coming in hungry. It’s his second chance on the big stage and I’m eager to see what he brings to the ring. I’m ready for him to bring his best. He’s going to be an aggressive fighter with a classic Mexican style. This is a perfect fight for Southern California. What more could you want?”
Fundora, 24, and Ocampo, 26, will headline a tripleheader in which Dominican contender Carlos Adames (21-1, 16 KOs) will meet Mexico’s Juan Macias Montiel (23-5-2, 23 KOs) in the co-feature, a 12-round fight for the WBC’s vacant interim middleweight title. This three-bout broadcast will begin with a 12-round rematch between IBF junior bantamweight champ Fernando Martinez (14-0, 8 KOs) and Filipino southpaw Jerwin Ancajas (33-2-2, 22 KOs), whom Argentina’s Martinez upset by unanimous decision to win his 115-pound championship February 26 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.