Sebastian Fundora outpunches powerful Carlos Ocampo to choice win

CARSON, Calif. – Sebastian Fundora displayed coronary heart and energy in his final bout. Saturday evening, he demonstrated he can field and make changes in the midst of a struggle.

Fundora defeated Carlos Ocampo by unanimous choice at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park. Scores had been 117-111, 118-110, and 119-109 for Fundora, who improves to 20-0-1, 13 knockouts.

Saturday evening was a conflict of junior middleweight contenders ranked within the high 10 by The Ring. Fundora and Ocampo had been ranked No. 2 and 10, respectively. 

Fundora, who utilized a couple of seven-inch attain benefit over Ocampo, labored behind a jab from the southpaw stance. The repeated quantity of punches produced blood from Ocampo’s nostril, starting within the second spherical. Undaunted, Ocampo feinted sufficient to get Fundora to open up, permitting him to land a straight counter proper hand to the pinnacle later within the spherical. Ocampo would additionally get shut sufficient to assault the physique of Fundora in an try and put on him down. 

In the course of the third spherical, Ocampo was in a position to stay within the pocket, the place he attacked the physique of Fundora. Ocampo would get tagged with a left or proper uppercut, however he was keen to commerce off receiving one or two punches to land his share of hooks or crosses to Fundora’s head and physique. 

Because the bout progressed into the center rounds, Fundora started touchdown punches with extra regulararity, notably straight and counter left arms to the pinnacle. Ocampo did his finest to attach, however paid for it by getting countered flush to the chin by extra uppercuts and left arms. 

After the tip of the eighth spherical, referee Jack Reiss summoned ringside doctor Dr. Paul Wallace into the ring to test on Ocampo. Reiss warned Ocampo he would cease the struggle if he regarded damage and was not combating again. 

Ocampo discovered success in the course of the tenth spherical, placing collectively a sequence of mixtures that snapped Fundora’s head again.

With lower than a minute left within the eleventh spherical, a straight left hand to the pinnacle momentarily shocked Ocampo, who smiled at Fundora as if to say the punch didn’t damage him.

“(Ocampo) was powerful,” mentioned Fundora after the struggle. “He was a tricky Mexican fighter. My hats off to him. In the direction of the center of the struggle, I needed to assault him to the physique. Then I noticed that my uppercut to the physique and head was touchdown. I caught with that.

“I’m happy with my efficiency as a result of that is what I skilled for.”

Saturday evening was a stable efficiency by Fundora. In his final bout on April 9, Fundora overcame a knockdown to cease Erickson Lubin after the ninth spherical. 

Fundora needs to be an spectator for the conflict between Ring Journal junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo and Tim Tszyu. Fundora is the obligatory challenger for the WBC world title, which Charlo owns.

“I’ve my spot. It needs to be a superb struggle between Charlo and Tsyzu. I hope I’ve subsequent.”

Ocampo, who resides in Ensenada, Mexico, falls to 34-2, 2 KOs. He had gained his earlier 12 fights since his knockout loss to Errol Spence in June 2018. 

Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has lined boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He might be reached by electronic mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

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