24-Year-Old Sebastian Fundora Returned Against Former Title Contender Carlos Ocampo
On Saturday, October 8, 2022, Sebastian Fundora (19-0-1, 13 KOs) faced off against Carlos Ocampo (34-1, 22 KOs) in the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California for the PBC on Showtime Boxing.
Fundora was coming off a career-best performance against Erickson Lubin which resulted in a round 9 stoppage victory for Fundora. Carlos Ocampo was coming into the fight riding a 12-fight winning streak following his only career loss, against Errol Spence Jr. back in 2018.
Fundora vs Ocampo Fight Results
To start the fight Fundora was utilizing his reach and jab in an attempt to keep Ocampo off of him, although he was not able to find a lot of success to start. Ocampo was able to stay more active in the early rounds, doing a good job changing levels and working the body of the taller fighter.
The fight completely changed in round 4 when Fundora began to abandon the outside fighting style, he had been utilizing in the first three rounds and began standing his ground and fighting on the inside. Both men were content with this style of fighting and as a result, both men spent the majority of the round standing in the centre of the ring exchanging punches.
This style of inside fighting persisted throughout the entire fight, with Fundora, despite his massive reach advantage, seeming to be finding more success on the inside, rather than the outside. Ocampa was not backing down, however, with him responding with more and more volume against the taller Fundora.
Strangely, before the start of round 9 referee Jack Reiss told Ocampo and his corner that he is close to stopping the fight, despite Ocampo continuing to throw back and defend himself. Despite this warning, the fight was not called off and Ocampo was able to survive to the final round despite Fundora landing many uppercuts and hooks on the inside.
Sebastian Fundora Prevails By Unanimous Decision
The fight was competitive and Ocampo put up an admirable effort, but Fundora was able to take over with his unique style of inside fighting, despite being a massive 6’5″ super welterweight. The final scorecards were all in favour of Fundora, 117-111, 118-110, and 119-109.
Sebastian Fundora improved his record to 20-0-1 (13 KOs) and will look to continue his journey toward title contention, with all belts in the division currently being held by the undisputed champion Jermell Charlo, who is also signed to the PBC.
Carlos Ocampo suffered his second defeat and falls to 34-2 and will look to bounce back as he once did after his first defeat.
By Max Rhoades