Brian Mendoza stuns favored Sebastian Fundora 39 seconds into the 7th round by knockout and wins WBC interim title.
Brian Mendoza stuns favored Sebastian Fundora 39 seconds into the 7th round by knockout and wins WBC interim title. Credit: Raymundo Dioses

Last Updated on April 18, 2023 by BVN

Raymundo Dioses | BVN Sports

Underdog Brian Mendoza traveled from New Mexico to a chilly Dignity Health Sports Park outdoor venue in Carson and registered the knockout of the year thus far when he delivered an unexpected, highlight-reel-knockout of undefeated rising star, Sebastian Fundora.  

Mendoza, (22-2, 16KO) who was down on all three cards heading into the seventh round on a fight card produced by Showtime Championship Boxing, heaved a left-right-left combination that stunned, rocked and eventually dropped his ‘seven inches’ taller opponent to the canvas in the seventh round.  

“I never quit,” said Mendoza, who captured the World Boxing Council interim super welterweight title for his efforts.  “You can beat me all you want, but if you don’t kill me, I’m coming back.  They didn’t kill me in my career and it’s too late now, I’m getting better each time.  I want to thank Fundora for taking this fight.  He didn’t need to take it.  It was really risky for where he was at.”

Fundora, (20-1, 13KO) was dejected, yet optimistic following the fight.  “I’m good, for one second I turned off, but I guess that [in] boxing, it happens. You just get caught with a punch.  I did some punching and then I got caught, you know.  He was throwing that overhand right all night and I was dodging and dodging, but in boxing the second you fall asleep, you get punished.”

The undercard 

On the undercard, Devon Alexander, a former title holder hailing from St. Louis Missouri, made a valiant effort at a return to the sport of boxing after a two-year absence.  

Alexander, (27-8-1, 14KO) a two division champion for the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation in his heyday, faced upstart Gabriel Maestre.  Alexander, who came into the bout in supreme condition and found pockets of success even though being knocked to the canvas in round two, was forced to withdraw after three rounds, citing chest problems. 

Raymundo Dioses is an international sports journalist who has covered professional boxing in the United States and abroad since 2007. A native of Rialto, CA, he is the grandson of 1940’s middleweight contender of the same name. Dioses is a graduate of Riverside Community College and holds a degree in Journalism. Writing for the San Bernardino County Sun since the age of 16, Dioses has covered sports and entertainment, always looking the next great story.