By Sean Jones: Sebastian Fundora vs. Tony Harrison was introduced by the WBC in the present day for March, with the winner to face the victor between undisputed 154-lb champion Jermell Charlo and Tim Tszyu of their January battle.
The 6’6″ Fundora (20-0-1, 13 KOs) will defend his interim WBC junior middleweight title towards #1 contender ‘Tremendous Dangerous’ Harrison (29-3-1, 21 KOs) on a still-to-be-determined date and venue in March.
Harrison, 32, has a heck of an opportunity of successful this battle if the unbeaten Fundora appears as unhealthy as he did in his final battle towards Carlos Ocampo on October eighth.
Fundora regarded terrible, struggling to beat Ocampo by a 12 spherical unanimous determination in a battle that was lots nearer than the scores handed down by the three judges.
They scored 117–111, 118–110, and 119–109. Nevertheless, many boxing followers have Fundora successful by a razor shut 115-113 rating.
Whatever the questionable scoring for the battle, what’s vital to recollect is how badly uncovered Fundora was by a fighter that had been knocked out within the first spherical by Errol Spence Jr in 2018.
“Now we have Tony Harrison towards Sebastian Fundora for the ultimate elimination for the interim title with the winner to battle the winner of [Jermell] Charlo vs. [Tim] Tszyu,” stated WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman throughout Wednesday’s conference.
The winner of the Fundora vs. Harrison battle may have their work reduce out for them towards the Charlo vs. Tszyu conflict. Jermell already knocked out Harrison within the eleventh spherical in 2019, and Tony has regarded unhealthy in his two fights since then, preventing to a 12 spherical draw towards Bryant Perrella in 2021 and beating Sergio Garcia final April.
Not less than boxing followers will get a good suggestion of how good Fundora is when he faces Harrison as a result of he’s nonetheless an unknown commodity as a result of he’s not fought anybody good but. Whereas Fundora did cease Erickson Lubin within the ninth spherical final April, the battle was an actual warfare, with each guys taking loads of punishment.
After that grueling battle, Fundora regarded depleted in his subsequent bout towards Ocampo, and you bought to surprise if the Lubin battle took one thing out of him. If that’s the case, Fundora might be straightforward prey for Harrison subsequent March.
Jermell has a superb probability of holding into his 4 titles subsequent yr by beating Tszyu and the Fundora-Harrison winner.