Results: Tsyzu vs. Fundora Video Highlights

By Tom Galm - 03/30/2024 - Comments

Tim Tszyu, the undefeated whirlwind, will lock horns with the relentless Sebastian Fundora for Tszyu’s WBO belt and the up-for-grabs WBC 154-pound global crown, lighting up the marquee at a PBC Pay-Per-View spectacle slated for Prime Video streaming on a vibrant Saturday night, March 30, at the electrifying T-Mobile Arena in the heart of Las Vegas.

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Originally, Tszyu was poised to throw down with the two-time global champ Keith Thurman, but a bicep injury snagged during training benched Thurman, propelling Fundora from the curtain-raiser to the night’s climax.

Kicking off at 8 p.m. ET, the event isn’t just a one-fight wonder but a constellation of battles, featuring WBA Super Lightweight Globetrotter Rolando Romero squaring off against Mexico’s dynamo Isaac Cruz in the night’s appetizer, while WBA Middleweight Sovereign Erislandy Lara crosses gloves with Australia’s Michael Zerafa for a 12-round dance. The revised opening act now showcases WBC Flyweight Champion Julio César Martínez defending his throne against the unblemished challenger Angelino Cordova, a bout originally set for the prelims.

The evening’s prelude, a PBC on Prime Video double-header starting at 6 p.m. ET, spotlights middleweight prodigy Elijah García clashing with Kyrone Davis over ten rounds. The inaugural brawl features the 154-pound gladiators Serhii Bohachuk and Brian Mendoza vying for the Interim WBC Super Welterweight Title, a matchup reshuffled due to the event’s lineup revamp.

Tickets for this electrifying live spectacle, orchestrated by TGB Promotions and peppered with No Limit Boxing’s touch for the headline act, are up for grabs at AXS.com.

Tim Tszyu vs. Sebastian Fundora Showdown

Emerging from the shadow of his father, boxing luminary Kostya Tszyu, Tim Tszyu, at 29 and boasting a pristine 24-0 record with 17 KOs, rode a wave of triumphs through 2023 to clinch the 154-pound world title, overcoming former champion Tony Harrison, elite fighter Brian Mendoza, and one-time title hopeful Carlos Ocampo. The Sydney native, Tszyu, stepped onto U.S soil for a showdown with U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha in March 2022, where he clinched a unanimous victory.

Fundora, the 20-1-1 powerhouse with 13 KOs, has ascended the super welterweight ranks with his crowd-pleasing ferocity and resilience in the squared circle. Despite a setback in his last match against Brian Mendoza in April of the previous year, Fundora’s towering 6-foot-6 frame and southpaw stance have made him a formidable force, especially known for his willingness to engage in close-quarters brawls. His prowess was on full display in an electrifying match against Erickson Lubin in April 2022, a bout that had fans on the edge of their seats and ended with Fundora’s hand raised after a tough fight. Trained by his father Freddy and fighting alongside his sister, IBF Flyweight World Champion Gabriela, Fundora is more than a fighter; he’s part of a boxing dynasty.

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WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Rolly Romero is gearing up to defend his title for the first time in a 12-rounder against the lightweight division’s standout, Isaac Cruz, who’s stepping up to 140-pounds with his eyes on the prize. This co-main event is more than just a fight; it’s a clash of ambitions, where only one can walk away with the belt.

Romero, a staple of Mayweather Promotions and the guy who’s as famous for his sharp tongue as his sharper punches, brings an electrifying blend of power and flair to the ring. At 28, he’s already tasted the sweet nectar of victory, snatching the world champion title by halting Ismael Barroso in the ninth round last May. That victory was a roaring comeback from a stumble against Gervonta Davis in May 2022, proving Romero’s not just a talker but a real contender. His journey to the top included a nail-biter against Jackson Marinez in August 2020, where he nabbed an interim title with a verdict that had the fans on the edge of their seats.

On Cruz, at 25, is the storm that’s been brewing in the lightweight division. With a record that speaks volumes (25-2-1, 17 KOs), he’s on a hot streak with three wins back-to-back since a heart-stopper against Gervonta Davis in December 2021. This Mexico City native exploded onto the scene, leaving a trail of victories that have fans and critics alike sitting up and taking notice. His knockout of Diego Magdaleno in October 2020 was just the beginning, followed by dominating performances against Francisco Vargas and Jose Matias Romero. After putting Yuriorkis Gamboa and Eduardo Ramirez in the rearview, Cruz made a statement against Giovanni Cabrera last July, showcasing his readiness for the big leagues.

Stepping into the ring unbeaten in his middleweight escapades, Erislandy Lara is gearing up to throw down in defense of his WBA Middleweight World Title, squaring off with the WBA’s number one contender, Zerafa, in a 12-round headliner that’s sure to keep the pay-per-view crowd on the edge of their seats.

Lara, with a record that reads like a who’s who of the 154-pound division (29-3-3, 17 KOs), reigned supreme until he hit a snag in 2018, dropping a heartbreaker split-decision to Jarrett Hurd in a brawl that snagged the “Fight of the Year” nod. Not one to sit on the sidelines, Lara jumped back in, mixing it up with ex-champ Brian Castaño to a hair-splitting draw in a bout that had fans arguing it could’ve swung Lara’s way. Fast forward to the middleweight scene, and Lara’s been laying waste, clinching his WBA strap by sending Thomas LaManna to the canvas in round one, followed by a similar fate for Gary O’Sullivan. Before stepping up a division, Lara tested his mettle against some serious heavy hitters, including a dance with Canelo Alvarez.

Down under’s own Zerafa (31-4, 19 KOs) has been making noise in Australia, racking up wins and proving he’s no slouch in the ring. After stringing together four victories, he’s landed the chance to duke it out for the title on March 30. Zerafa’s resume includes a split with ex-champ Jeff Horn and a lightning-fast takedown of Anthony Mundine. This isn’t his first rodeo stateside, having faced off with Peter Quillin back in ’15. Despite a few bumps along the way, including tilts with Kell Brook, Zerafa’s bounced back, toppling unbeaten prospects Danilo Creati and Isaac Hardman, showcasing he’s ready to rumble with the best.

But before the big dogs have their day, Elijah García is strapping up for a middleweight melee against Kyrone Davis, aiming to etch his name in the annals of the 160-pound saga with a win that’ll have everyone talking.

Straight out of Phoenix with fire in his fists, García (16-0, 13 KOs) has been steamrolling through 2023, leaving fans picking their jaws up off the floor. The highlight reel kicked off with García turning out the lights on Amilcar Vidal, followed by a masterclass against Kevin Salgado and a swift takedown of Armando Resendiz. Since turning pro in the whirlwind of 2020, García’s gloves have been like thunderbolts, with a string of opponents failing to last the distance.

Davis (18-3-1, 6 KOs), at 29, isn’t just here to make up the numbers. Fresh off victories over Cristian Fabian Rios and Cruse Stewart in 2023, Davis has tasted glory and is hungry for more. With bouts against Anthony Dirrell and David Benavidez under his belt, Davis, trained by the eagle-eyed Stephen “Breadman” Edwards in Philly, is all set to throw a spanner in García’s works.

In the flyweight division, Julio Cesar Martinez is gearing up to defend his WBC World Champion title against Angelino Cordova in a dust-up that’s been on the back burner due to visa hitches.

Martinez (20-2, 15 KOs), under the tutelage of the legendary Eddy Reynoso, snatched the flyweight title with a knockout victory over Cristofer Rosales in his U.S. debut back in December 2019. The Mexican powerhouse has held his ground in five title defenses, leaving a string of challengers in his wake. Now, Martinez is all revved up for another showdown.

Cordova (18-0-1, 12 KOs), at 28, is no rookie to the spotlight, having bagged a win over former world champ Angel Acosta. With roots in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, Cordova’s slate is nearly spotless, marred only by an early career draw. After a splashy U.S. debut against Axel Aragon Vega, Cordova is setting his sights on dethroning Martinez.

A top-notch crew of boxing experts is gearing up to deliver live coverage of the much-awaited PBC Pay-Per-View event on Prime Video this Saturday, featuring the showdowns between Tim Tszyu and Sebastian Fundora, as well as Rolando Romero versus Isaac Cruz, straight from T-Mobile Arena in Vegas.

Mauro Ranallo will lead the charge with his iconic commentary, flanked by the insightful fight analysis of boxing great Abner Mares and the legendary trainer Joe Goossen. Brian Custer will steer the hosting duties, with Claudia Trejos and Jordan Plant bringing updates from ringside.

For fans preferring the commentary in Spanish, Alejandro Luna will be the voice to follow, bringing his acclaimed play-by-play narration.

Ranallo, known for his dynamic commentary across multiple sports, teams up with Mares, a fighter whose prowess in the ring transitioned smoothly into sharp analysis post-retirement, and Goossen, a trainer whose name is synonymous with boxing excellence. Brian Custer, an Emmy-winning announcer, brings his vast experience to the host’s table, supported by the seasoned reporting of Trejos and Plant.

Alejandro Luna, with his nominations and extensive experience, will cater to the Spanish-speaking audience, ensuring no one misses out on the action.

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Tszyu vs. Fundora fight card

  • Tim Tszyu vs. Sebastian Fundora, 12 rounds, for Tszyu’s WBO/vacant WBC junior middleweight title
  • Rolando Romero vs. Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz, 12 rounds, for Romero’s WBA junior welterweight title
  • Erislandy Lara vs. Michael Zerafa, 12 rounds, for Lara’s WBA middleweight title
  • Julio Cesar Martinez vs. Angel Cordova, 12 rounds, for Martinez’s WBC flyweight title
  • Elijah Garcia vs. Kyrone Davis, 10 rounds, middleweights
  • Serhii Bohachuk vs. Brian Mendoza, 12 rounds, for vacant WBC interim junior middleweight title
  • Mirco Cuello vs. Sulaiman Segawa, 8 rounds, featherweights
  • Curmel Moton vs. Anthony Cuba, 6 rounds, junior lightweights
  • Justin Viloria vs. Erick Garcia, 6 rounds, junior lightweights