By Barbara Pinnella
Photos courtesy of Sebastian Fundora
Eighteen-year-old Sebastian Fundora faced Jose Cardenas (1-4) in a super welterweight bout at the Los Angeles Badminton Club in El Monte, California this past Saturday night. It was Fundora’s professional debut, and the victory came in style.
The fight was scheduled for four rounds, but Sebastian did not even need two minutes. He won his debut by knockout, and was not at all disappointed that the fight did not last longer.
“I threw that first punch and as soon as I landed it I knew I could just run the guy over, so I just went in for the kill. It didn’t matter to me if it was a quick finish or not, I just wanted to look nice; strong and with style. I was pleased with that performance.”
Even though this was his first time to walk into the ring as a pro, he has had many amateur fights leading up to this bout.
“I started boxing when I was nine years old. I have more than 100 amateur fights. I won a couple of tournaments, but nothing really big. I’ve been to Nationals several times, though.”
Sebastian is not only following in the footsteps of his brother Alberto, but his entire family.
“My family is a boxing family,” he told us. “My brothers box, my sister boxes, and both my mom and dad boxed, so boxing is a pretty big thing in my life. I want to make it my career.”
Fundora is trained by his father Freddy, at Coachella Boxing Club. Besides Sebastian, those siblings who box are Alberto and Freddy Jr., as well as his sister Gabriela. There are also 12-year-old Leandro who does not box.
Neither does the youngest, Fabiola Alessa, who is only two years of age. Of course, with the young Fabiola, that could change.
Alberto, 20, has an outstanding professional record, with eight wins and no losses, with four of those wins coming by way of knockout.
Gabriela has won many belts already and is looking towards the Olympics in 2020. She would also like to box professionally, even though women’s boxing is certainly not an easy career path.
But the focus is presently on Sebastian, who has aspirations of his own to fulfill. By his own admission, Fundora was not just ready for his upcoming fight, he was more than ready. He had been training for this fight for more than four months.
“My training camp was great. I almost felt over-prepared; I was ready. When I am not training I like to play basketball or read a book. I like to watch television. I watch The Voice – mainly because of Miley Cyrus,” he laughed.
“I want readers to know that I am just starting in my career, but I want to be known. I want to be big, and for people to know me for my boxing. I’m here, and I’m ready to take over.”
Fundora said that his next fight is in December for sure, and probably at the same venue in El Monte, but he might fight sooner than that as well. He certainly did not waste a lot of time and energy in his first fight, and with youth on his side there is no need to wait.
We wish him the best of luck in all of his fights in the future.