Sebastian Fundora vs. Carlos Ocampo fight prediction, undercard, start time, odds, preview, Showtime Boxing

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At 6 foot 6, Sebastian Fundora stands taller than many heavyweight boxers. But Fundora isn’t heavyweight. He is his current WBC interim junior middleweight champion and will face Carlos Ocampo on Saturday night (Showtime, 10 p.m. ET).

Despite towering above other fighters in the 154-pound division, Fundora (19-0-1, 13 KOs) uses his 80-inch reach in a way boxing traditionalists would expect. rarely. In short, Fundora isn’t very talkative. In fact, in the most recent fight he played 5-foot-9 Ericsson, even though he had a 6-inch reach advantage over Rubin, Fundora landed fewer jabs than he ate. . After nine thrilling rounds of action that saw both fighters hit the canvas, Fundora defeated Rubin after Rubin’s corner stopped the fight.

Lubin’s fight was a near-perfect encapsulation of what makes the Fundora such a compelling fighter. He turns his height into a tool with wild inside fights that use his long arms to throw uppercuts and hooks from unique angles. To adopt that style, Fundora also had to show off a chin that could withstand that style of brawling over technique.

however, Fundora told CBS Sports in a recent interviewhe fights not just to win, but to entertain.

“I don’t know if they don’t think tall people can’t do boxing or anything like that,” Fundora said. , I can do it.I want to entertain too.This is a sport where you want to watch knockouts and watch people get hurt…the game.”

On paper, Ocampo (34-1, 22 KOs) is an ideal opponent for Fundora to continue to entertain. Ocampo is best known for his bout with Errol Spence Jr., who won his IBF welterweight title in 2018. Spence finished the fight in the final seconds of the opening round.

Ocampo has 12 wins since losing to Spence and maintains a very active schedule. In fact, the fight with Fundora will be his fourth fight for Ocampo in 2022. Two fights ago, Ocampo defeated Mikael Zewski in his ninth round by TKO, and in June, journeyman his fighter Vicente he beat Martín Rodriguez. They have won just one of their last eight games.

The rest of the televised card has Carlos Adames and Juan Macias Montiel battling for the vacant interim WBC middleweight title and the IBF super flyweight title between champions Fernando Martinez and Jerwin Ancajas. Includes a rematch. Martínez clinched the title in his February big upset over Ancajas, and will go into the rematch as a front-runner after a dominant performance in the opening round.

Fundora vs Ocampo match card, odds

Odds by Caesars Sportsbook

Sebastian Fundora (c) -800

Carlos Ocampo +550

WBC junior middleweight interim title

Carlos Adams -500

Juan Macias Montiel +380

Vacant WBC middleweight interim title

Fernando Martinez (c) -280

Jerwin Ancajas +230

IBF super flyweight title

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Some questions still remain about Fundora’s ability to compete at the sport’s highest level. He has repeatedly requested a shot at division kingpin Jermell Charlo. Fighting Charlo could be a “care what you want” situation for his Fundora, whose reckless brawling style may not hold up to him being one of the world’s best fighters.

However, Ocampo is a different story. His vulnerability plays into Fundora’s strengths. Fundora may not be of Spence’s level of ability, but the way Spence was able to destroy Ocampo from the inside during a brief clash is enough to see Fundora using his powers and unique style to get near the top. It suggests that it should be able to tackle fighters who are not used to fighting at the level of the sport. Expect Fundora to find a finish in the middle round of the fight. Pick: Sebastian Fundora via TKO6

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