Freakishly tall junior middleweight prospect Sebastian Fundora picked up what the judges felt was a decisive victory tonight, outpointing for Olympian Daniel Lewis of Australia over 10 rounds in the Wilder-Fury 2 PPV opener.
Fundora (14-0-1, 9 KO) took the win on scores of 97-93, 98-92, and 99-91. That he won is not a robbery in itself, though you might argue the scores were a bit wide. Bad Left Hook had the fight 95-95 and 96-94 Fundora on two separate cards, but if you edged enough close rounds — and there were plenty — to Fundora, it’s easy to see him winning 7-3 or maybe even 8-2.
Fundora, who is between 6’5” and 6’7” at 154 pounds, didn’t exactly use his height and crazy long reach to win this fight. In fact, he fought more on the inside than you’d probably want to see from someone of his dimensions. Both he and Lewis (6-1, 4 KO) were busted up early, bleeding from their noses, and Lewis showed a lot of marking on the face as the fight went on.
It was a rugged fight, if not exactly exciting. And while Fundora’s plan of attack didn’t take advantage of his strengths, Lewis’ didn’t, either; he didn’t go to the body quite as much as he maybe should have, headhunting a bit too often.
He did outland Fundora to the body, 40-13, and remarkably he outjabbed Fundora, 31-13. But overall Fundora had the edge in total punches landed (177-149) and power punches landed (164-118). Fundora also connected on 43% of his power punches, which is a very good percentage, compared to 29% from Lewis.
Fundora, 22, still has some work to do, but he was good enough to get through a fight against a skilled, solid opponent. If he can keep improving, he could still be very dangerous, and it’s not like his height is going to stop being an advantage even if he moves up through the weight classes. He’d be really tall for a light heavyweight, even, and that’s three divisions away.
The 26-year-old Lewis seemed to have no real complaints about the scoring, for what it’s worth, as he just nodded his head when the scores were read.