Sebastian Fundora TKO4 Manuel Zepeda... The world's tallest junior middleweight, Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora, used his five-and-a-half-inch height advantage to cruise to victory Friday night in his first ShoBox appearance, forcing a TKO stoppage of Manuel Zepeda after four rounds from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa. The southpaw Fundora (13-0, 9 KOs) started on the front foot and continuously backed up Zepeda (17-1, 4 KOs) with his activity, strong jab and excellent body punching. Fundora averaged 84 punches per round to Zepeda’s 54 and landed 26 jabs to just four for Zepeda. Despite his extreme height, Fundora was effective and persistent in his body attack, connecting on 35 body punches. “I’m pretty happy with my performance,” said the six-foot-five-and-a-half Fundora. “I got to do what I wanted to do, which was show off a little bit more of my boxing skills.”
Between rounds, Zepeda’s trainer, Romulo Quirarte, continuously warned his fighter that he would stop the fight unless Zepeda showed more aggression. After a lackluster fourth round, a frustrated Quirarte stuck to his word and informed referee Mark Nelson that his fighter would no longer continue.
“Honestly, Zepeda was a pretty tough guy so I didn’t think that they were going to stop it,” said Fundora, who has now registered five straight stoppages. “I thought that it would have taken the ref stopping it, but either way we still got the stoppage and the result we were looking for.”
Zepeda, the 188th fighter to lose his unblemished record in the prospect-oriented series, knew he was in trouble from the beginning of the fight, “He caught me with a good punch in the first round and that took a toll on me,” said a disappointed Zepeda. “It affected my performance. “My trainer Romulo Quirarte has been around and he knew better. Stopping the fight was what needed to be done. I was not performing well. We are going to keep on working hard and move forward. I’m not giving up on my dream. One day I will be a world champion.” source: showtime press release