Tim Tszyu vs. Sebastian Fundora prediction, odds, start time, undercar...

In numerous cases, a late replacement challenger can eliminate intrigue from a pay-per-view centerpiece. That is not the case on Saturday, when Sebastian Fundora actions in to challenge Tim Tszyu for his WBO junior middleweight title, in addition to the uninhabited WBC belt.

Fundora got the chance to enter the centerpiece when previous world champ Keith Thurman was displaced of his bout with Tszyu due to injury. It’s no small modification in challenger, with the musclebound Thurman standing 5-foot-7 to Fundora’s towering 6-foot-5.

This provides Fundora an essential benefit in fight preparation as he is constantly training to fight a much shorter guy while Tszyu now deals with a guy almost a foot taller than the guy he invested a training school getting ready for.

“The reveal goes on and fate waits for. Saturday night we get to fight for the belts,” Tszyu stated at the last interview. “It’s everything about gathering belts and gathering tradition. We’re going to reveal that the Tszyu name is the best boxing household of perpetuity.

“It’s rather difficult to get ready for a fighter like Fundora. But a real champ increases to the event. I came here as a throwback fighter which’s what I wish to be. I’m living the method I speak. I’m here to do precisely what I state.”

Fundora is entering the fight fresh off his very first profession loss, a sensational knockout at the hands of Brian Mendoza. Fundora had actually been broken and dropped previously, an item of choosing to fight on the within in spite of his apparent reach benefit over every fighter he shares the ring with.

“Losses occur in boxing,” Fundora stated. “I slipped up and I spent for it. Everything has actually still lined up the method it ought to be and now we have an opportunity to discover who the very best fighter at 154 pounds is.”

The inside-fighting design Fundora gives the ring must produce a fan-friendly clash with Tszyu, who has actually shown himself a resilient fighter who likes to fight on the within and has actually utilized those tools to assemble a 24-0 record and get a world champion. If both males want to stand inside and exchange, the capacity for them to develop among the very best battles of 2024 does exist.

There are some possible additional stakes for the winner, with big battles against the similarity previous undeniable welterweight champ Terence Crawford or previous unified welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr. perhaps in play. Those fighters are both going up in weight and the attraction of catching a set of world champions at their brand-new weight would be strong.

In the co-feature bout, Rolando Romero wants to safeguard his WBA junior welterweight title for the very first time when he handles Isaac Cruz. Romero won the title in rather questionable style against Ismael Barroso last May where he was close to being ended up before scoring a knockdown where the referee waved off the action nearly right away. Now, he gets a difficult test where the winner might get a rematch with Gervonta “Tank” Davis later on this year.

“Everybody believes this is gonna be a hard fight, however I believe this is gonna be a simple fight. He’s gonna run right into something, since he’s silly,” Romero stated today. “He’s gonna toss and toss and toss once again. He does the very same things over and over once again. I’m all set for it.”

Cruz, 25, rebounded from his loss to Davis in 2021 perfectly with a trio of wins in the last 2 years. He’s coming off a split choice win over Giovanni Cabrera in July.

“I have actually found out a lot from my current battles. I understand that I do not wish to leave it as much as the judges,” Cruz stated. “I’m in fantastic shape and all set to toss difficult punches from round one through round 12.

“If he believes I’m silly, then he’s even stupider. If he believes I’m simply gonna put down, he’s extremely incorrect. He’s gonna recognize it on Saturday night.”

There are 3 more title battles on the card on Saturday night. Erislandy Lara will aim to safeguard his WBA middleweight title against Michael Zerafa. Julio Cesar Martinez is back in action when he handles Angelino Cordova with Martinez’s WBC flyweight title at stake. And a set of junior middleweights will fight for an interim title when Serhii Bohacuk handles Brian Mendoza.

Let’s take a closer take a look at the remainder of the undercard before getting to a forecast and tease the centerpiece.

Tszyu vs. Fundora fight card, odds

Tim Tszyu (c) -600

Sebastian Fundora +400

WBO and uninhabited WBC junior middleweight titles

Isaac Cruz -300

Rolando Romero (c) +230

WBA junior welterweight title

Julio Cesar Martinez (c) -375

Angelino Cordova +275

WBC flyweight title

Erislandy Lara (c) -400

Michael Zerafa +300

WBA middleweight title

Serhii Bohachuk

Brian Mendoza

Junior middleweight

Elijah Garcia

Kyrone Davis


Viewing details

Date:  March 30 | Location: T-Mobile Arena — Las Vegas
Start time: 8 p.m. ET (Prelim stream on Prime Video at 6 p.m.)
How to enjoy:  Amazon Prime Video PPV, PPV.com


This fight is much closer than the odds might recommend. Fundora is a unique fighter and Tszyu has actually had less than 2 weeks to cover his head around how to resolve a completely various puzzle than Thurman provided. Between travel, cutting weight and the late nature of the replacement, has Tszyu invested a 2nd sparring with much taller males? It appears not likely Tszyu has actually done any significant live preparation for a totally various kind of challenger.

With that in mind, the fight is going to boil down to which fighter can simply use their design in the fight. Fundora does not totally tick packages for abilities that have actually bothered Tszyu in the past. With his face-first design, Fundora isn’t going to make Tszyu spend for his relatively pedestrian footwork or kick back and counterpunch to make the most of Tszyu’s periodically wild punches.

This is going to be a close and competitive fight and Fundora has every possibility of getting the win, specifically if Tszyu can’t harm him when they’re trading shots within. I do think Tszyu can harm Fundora though and will do so enough to edge out a close choice, if not an interruption in the late rounds. Pick: Tszyu through UD


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