Fundora, Josesito, Ramirez stop foes

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside

In a super welterweight WBA world title eliminator, the “Towering Inferno” Sebastian Fundora (16-0-1, 11 KOs) from Coachella, CA at almost 6’6” used an array of uppercuts, hooks and straight shots to annihilate late replacement Habib Ahmed (27-2-1, 18 KOs) out of Accra, Ghana, on Saturday night in front of a raucous crowd at AT&T Stadium on the Spence-Garcia undercard. Fundora was originally scheduled to fight Jorge Cota. Once Fundora buckled the knees of Ahmed early in the first round with an uppercut, it was pretty much target practice for him. After another onslaught in round 2, referee Laurence Cole waived it off at 1:30 to earn the TKO victory of the scheduled 12. The tall, slender Fundora owned a 6 inch height advantage over the veteran Ahmed, although it appeared to be much more. The affable Fundora told PBC’s Jordan Plant ringside after the fight he wouldn’t mind fighting the likes of Julian Williams next, but first he has Christmas shopping to finish.

Sebastian Fundora Vs Habib Ahmed December 5 2020 12 05 2020 Fight Ryan Hafey Premier Boxing Champions
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Welterweight “The Riverside Rocky” Josesito Lopez (38-8, 21 KOs) from Riverside, CA put on a dominating performance against Francisco Santana (25-9-1, 12 KOs) out of Santa Barbara, CA. Lopez dropped Santana in the first round with a right hook after shots to the body, again in rounds nine and tenth to score the TKO victory at 1:22 of the final round. Lopez was in control the whole way, although he was cautious at times as Santana swung for the fences himself. Lopez continues to get big fights with his fan-friendly style and with world-class trainer Robert Garcia in his corner. Lopez told Fightnews in an exclusive interview before the fight that he hopes to get another world title shot before he retires. He should be on his way with the big win in Dallas.
Josesito Lopez Vs Francisco Santana December 5 2020 12 05 2020 Fight Ryan Hafey Premier Boxing Champions
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In a WBA world title eliminator, featherweight Eduardo Ramirez (24-2-3, 11 KOs) out of Los Mochis, Mexico, flattened Miguel Flores (24-4, 12 KOs) from Dallas with a vicious right hook in round 5 that landed squarely on the jaw of Flores and ended the fight. Ramirez set up the “kill” shot with a straight left that landed on the left shoulder of Flores. Flores somehow got to his feet and referee Laurence Cole began his count, but after a quick wobble, Cole rightly waved it off. Southpaw Ramirez controlled the first few rounds of the fight landing his right, left combinations as Flores did his best to counter. Ramirez, though, put an end to the fight at 20 seconds of round five with his big, one punch knockout. Flores picked up Ramirez to show good sportsmanship after the loss.
Eduardo Ramirez Vs Miguel Flores December 5 2020 12 05 2020 Fight Ryan Hafey Premier Boxing Champions
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Featherweight Isaac “Canelito” Avelar (17-2, 10 KOs) a southpaw out of Aguascalientes, Mexico, went toe to toe with Sakaria “Desert Storm” Lukas (23-1, 16 KOs) from Windhoek, Namibia over ten rounds. The active Avelar was on cruise control early in the fight landing his lead left and combos against the counterpunching Lukas. In the 5th round, Lukas rocked Avelar with a big left followed by a right to end the round. The 6th round, again, saw Lukas initiate the action as he ended the round with another big shot. Avelar regrouped as the two warriors stood in the center of the ring exchanging their best shots the rest of the fight, especially in the 10th and final round as both guys let their hands go til the final bell. In a very competitive fight, all three judges ruled in favor of “Canelito” 98-92.

In a dominating performance, welterweight Vito Mielnicki (7-0, 4 KOs) dropped Steven Pulluaim (5-3, 1 KO) in the first and second rounds to win going away 60-52 on all three acorecards. Mielnicki was on the attack from the jump as he landed flurries to the head and body of Pulluaim who was able to survive the fight after a horrific start.

In the first tv fight on FS2 PBC, Dallas’ super middleweight Burley Brooks (6-1, 5 KOs), a chief sparring partner of Errol Spence Jr., was in a bruising fight with the rugged Marco Delgado (7-1, 5 KOs) out of Anaheim, CA over six rounds. It was a scrappy fight from the opening bell as Delgado landed a rabbit punch to the back Brooks head and when he retaliated, he was quickly warned by referee Neil Yoing. Brooks picked up his activity in the 2nd round landing to the body of the shorter Delgado as Delgado worked inside the lankier Brooks. In the fifth round, Brooks was given two low blow warnings and when he went south again, he was deducted a point. In the sixth and final round, Brooks landed another low blow and was deducted another point. In the end, the low blows were too much too overcome for Brooks. Scores read 59-53 twice for Delgado and 57-55 for Brooks as Delgado came out with split decision victory.

In an entertaining battle of Texans, super bantamweight Juan Tapia (10-3, 3 KOs) out of Brownsville was a step ahead of the tough Fernando Garcia (13-3, 8 KOs) all night to win a unanimous decision. The stocky, muscled Tapia came out from the opening frame flicking his jab and displayed fast hands on Garcia. Garcia did his best to fend off Tapia, but he was relentless in his attack. Garcia had his moments when they exchanged, landing inside and with an occasional overhand right. Over eight rounds, two judges scored it 79-73 and the other 78-74 for Tapia. Garcia is a part of Derrick James stable of fighters at his gym in Dallas.

In the opening bout of the mega showdown between unified welterweight champ Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. and two-division champ Danny “Swift” Garcia, lightweight Frank Martin (12-0, 9 KOs), a former 2016 National Golden Glove champ out of Indianapolis, showed a versatile attack to the head and body of veteran Tyrone Luckey (12-13-4, 8 KOs) out of Long Beach, NJ. Martin dropped Luckey twice in the second round, once in the fourth and one last time in the fifth where Luckey remained on one knee through the count of ten. It was one too many body shots from the slick southpaw who was in camp with Spence Jr. and had trainer Derrick James in his corner. Time 2:31 of round five of the scheduled eight as Martin remained undefeated with the KO.

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  • Great job by both josesito lopez and by Fundora. They both looked sharp. Please dont throw Fundora to the wolves jus yet. He definitely needs about 5 or 6 more fights to mature his skill before he challenges a Charlo or that caliber of a fighter

  • Fundora is a good freak of historical nature. However, before Fundora hunts for a title belt, can someone please find a fighter who can get inside and toss a few head shots and solid body work on Fundora. I need to see his endurance and chin.

  • Ahmed gave Fundora a lot of room to land his long shots and wasn’t throwing anything meaningful back. It was just a matter of time before he got stopped.

    I’ve seen Fundora fight before. To have a chance of beating him, the opponent needs to crowd him and throw punches to the body. That would help negate his uppercut from long range. That uppercut is the best weapon in his arsenal. He throws a lot of punches and can box from long range. However, in other fights, I’ve seen him fight on the inside and do a credible job, despite his long reach. If the opponent stays at a distance, then I don’t give him much of a chance. Pick your poison. Fight on the outside, or crowd him and take your chances. The third option is to move in and out quickly, but it takes a really mobile fighter to make that work, one who moves to the side and not straight back where he can get caught at the end of the punches.

    He’s not ready for the top fighters, but he does have the tools, endurance, and chin to get to the top. He does need to work on his defense because he was relatively easy to hit in a few of his other fights. The fact that he stopped Gallimore is in his favor because a prime Gallimore is a dangerous fighter. He just needs a few more fights before he gets matched with someone near the top. He may outgrow the division before he actually fights one of the top fighters.

    As for Lopez, he was really impressive. I thought he was a shot fighter a couple of years ago, but he seems rejuvenated and was impressive tonight. That fight against Thurman gave him a lot of confidence, and he’s fighting with a lot of energy at this point in his career. He is getting older, but it looks like he’s got a couple of great fights remaining in him. It was great to see the Josesito Lopez of old back tonight.

  • Delgado deserved the W with or without the low blow deductions on Brooks and that 1 judge had Burley up is criminal…he wasn’t brought in to win but he came to win despite the odds.

    • Other two judges didn’t get their payoff for the house fighter to win.

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