Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora burns down Jorge Cota in 4!
After providing four rounds of riveting action, Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora (17-0-1, 12KO’s) would pick up his third consecutive knockout win. The win was that much more impressive as his opponent, Jorge “Demonio” Cota (30-5, 27 KO’s), stood as his stiffest competition to date. The bout also stood as a WBC super welterweight title eliminator. Coming into this prizefight, Fundora was ranked as the #9 WBC and #2 WBA super welterweight in the world. To his credit, Cota was ranked #12 by the WBA.
It will be interesting to see where Fundora will go from here. He is in striking range of a title shot with WBA Super Welterweight champion Jermell Charlo. Alternatively, perhaps he may want to try to secure a bout with regular WBA World Super Welterweight champion Erislandy Lara. Lara actually appeared on the same card in his first appearance at middleweight. Yet, the WBA still recognizes him as the super welterweight champion.
ONE FUN FIREFIGHT
The bout got off to a fast and furious start right from the gate. Despite his ridiculously long reach, Fundora prefers to fight in close. Utilizing his compact and bruising style, Fundora would land a number of head-cranking uppercuts. The veteran Jorge Cota was determined to stay in close and made a point to crowd his lanky adversary who made his objective significantly easy to do. After eating the initial hard punches, Cota twisted the Towering Inferno’s head with some punishing hooks and overhand rights of his own.
The relative phonebooth nature of the bout persisted for the first three intense rounds. Every time that it appeared that Fundora was pulling away, Cota would swivel his foes head with crunching head shots of his own. There was a notable amount of clinching and shoulder wrestling in the third. The fourth round began with the most clinching of the night. Ironically, about a minute in, the Towering Inferno seriously hurt Cota with a solid right hook. Fierce to the bone, Cota never stopped fighting and strove to stay close.
Seeing that his man was hurt, Fundora began sitting down on his punches and throwing with more gusto. For the first time in the fight, The Towering Inferno attempted to maintain a good measure of separation to get more leverage on his shots. With that distance, Fundora clobbered Cota with several uppercuts and wobble-inducing hooks. There is no refuting the fact that Cota was hurt. Yet referee Ray Corona jumped in a hair too early to stop the fight. Again, the bout more than likely was going to end in that round. However, it would have been more satisfying if it was done after a particularly telling punch. This was especially the case being that even while hurt, Cota was still landing his own power shots.
This was a good, entertaining win for Sebastian Fundora. If he is going to continue his upward ascension in the ranks and competition, there is work to do. He is going to have to address his glaring defensive deficits. As he approaches the championship level, he will not be able to simply sit in the pocket and slug it out fight after fight. Aside from that, this was a great night in the office for The Towering Inferno.
By: Bakari Simpson