The fact that siblings Sebastian and Gabriela Fundora are so inseparable makes it a bit surprising that their next respective fights will mark the first time they share the stage as pros.
Both will appear in separate bouts on October 8 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Sebastian Fundora will defend his interim WBC junior middleweight title against streaking contender Carlos Ocampo atop a Showtime-televised tripleheader. Gabriela Fundora will appear on the undercard—likely on the YouTube portion—in a flyweight bout against a yet-to-be-confirmed opponent, though Mexico’s Naomi Arrelano (9-1, 5KOs) has been mentioned as a possibility.
“This was planned but it’s exciting that it’s finally happening,” Sebastian Fundora told BoxingScene.com. “I get to defend my interim title. She’s fighting and defending her WBC Latin America title. We’re going to feel like champions. We’re both going to defend our titles and feel like champions.
“I’m glad I get to share the ring with my sister that day. This feels like my first main event. The last one, I was the B-Side. This time, it’s all about me. I’m excited to share it with my sister on the card.”
The fight is the first for the 6’5 ½” Fundora (19-0-1, 13KOs) following his ninth-round stoppage of former title challenger Erickson Lubin on April 9 in Las Vegas. The all-out slugfest remains a leading candidate for 2022 Fight of the Year, with Gabriela (8-0, 4KOs) racing to the ring to celebrate with Sebastian following Lubin’s corner electing to stop the fight after nine bruising rounds.
Sebastian has been equally supportive in each of Gabriela’s eight wins to date, the most recent serving as a true homecoming. The 20-year-old southpaw pitched an eight-round shutout of Lucia Hernandez on a July 28 Golden Boy Fight Night on DAZN show in Indio, California, mere minutes from the Fundora family’s Coachella hometown. Sebastian was part of Gabriela’s corner as was their father, Freddy who serves as head trainer for both.
It was decided around that time for the siblings to finally share the stage for their next respective bouts.
“Not only does [Gabriela] get to fight in front of me but I get to fight in front of her,” noted Fundora. “It’s just going to be a great night.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox