With boxing back in full swing, August was a great month for young prospects stepping up and delivering career-best performances. Of the countless big-time performances from young upstarts, none stood taller than the of 6’6 undefeated junior middleweight known as “Towering Inferno” Sebastian Fundora who scored a sensational one-sided six round beatdown of rugged contender Nathaniel Gallimore. Fundora a native of Coachella, California, improved his record t0 15-0-1 (10) and has put together his second consecutive impressive performance, since having to settle for a draw with Jamontay Clark exactly one-year ago. Fundora dominated every minute of the fight and has injected his name into contention and has put his name in the discussion of top 10 154- pounders.
Although not your traditional tall fighter Fundora doesn’t do most of his work from the outside, he doesn’t “fight tall”. He does however use his length to cut the ring off and do tremendous work on the inside. That’s exactly what he was able to do from the opening bell against Gallimore snapping his head back with short right hooks and precise uppercuts. Establish ng control of the fight in the opening round, the native Californian picked up the pace in the second stanza, working Gallimore’s midsection with a series of right hooks. The body attack was clearly taking its toll as Fundora began to tee off with flush left hands and rocked Gallimore in the fourth. Following the round, the ringside physician began to look in on the slowing Gallimore. While he allowed the veteran to continue the writing was on the wall and Fundora went back to work dominating round five and then finally closing the show in the sixth round. Rocking Gallimore with a three-punch combination, Fundora immediately jumped on his wounded opponent up with a flush right hook and straight left to the head of Gallimore, causing referee Ray Corona to jump in and stop the fight. Giving Fundora his 15th win and 10th career knockout. Following the fight the victorious Towering Inferno went on to say “I give myself a 10 out of 10,” a rightly confident Fundora told Fox Sports’ Jordan Plant after his statement-making performance.
Entering the Microsoft Theater on August 22nd, the public questioned whether or not the Towering Inferno was a 6’6 hype job, some sort of a circus act given his unique height, or was their substance to the freakishly tall Jr Middleweight. Gallimore was certainly an excellent opponent to gauge how far Fundora has progressed and how developed his skills were. Gallimore stopped current unified world champ Jeison Rosario and went the distance in a competitive fight with WBO champ Patrick Teixeira as well as with former unified jr middleweight champ “Jrock” Julian Williams in a 50/50 kinda fight that went in favor of Williams. Gallimore was a lot to handle for those world champs but was absolutely no competition for Fundora, who proved to be on another level entirely. The Coachella, California native is among the most touted young 154-pounders and has completely redeemed himself form the Clark draw last year and given how dominant performance is likely just one win away from fighting for a world title. Fortunately for Fondura, he fights on the right side of the street, three of the four belts and the vast majority of the talent in the weight class are on the same side of the promotional street. A fight with the winner of Erickson Lubin and Terrell Gushua or a victory over former world champs Tony Harrison or Jullian Williams would be the win he needs to likely secure a world title fight.