Fundora Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz: “Tim Tszyu, your rematch is ready when you are”

By Vanessa Giebel - 04/01/2024 - Comments

Tim Tszyu is set to clash with the relentless Sebastian Fundora for the WBO crown and the unclaimed WBC super welterweight world championship. This blockbuster event will captivate fans as it headlines a PBC Pay-Per-View spectacle, streamed on Prime Video this Saturday, March 30, from the illustrious T-Mobile Arena in the heart of Las Vegas.

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Originally, Tszyu was slated to go toe-to-toe with the formidable Keith Thurman. However, fate intervened, and Thurman had to bow out due to a bicep tear incurred during his training regimen. Fundora, who was gearing up for an earlier bout on the card, seized the opportunity, stepping into the spotlight as the main event.

The evening’s festivities will kick off at 8 p.m. ET with a card that boasts a stellar lineup. In the evening’s co-headliner, WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Rolando Romero squares off against the Mexican dynamo Isaac Cruz. Adding to the excitement, WBA Middleweight World Champion Erislandy Lara will engage in a 12-round showdown with Australia’s Michael Zerafa. The opening act of the pay-per-view will feature WBC Flyweight World Champion Julio César Martínez defending his title against the undefeated challenger Angelino Cordova, a fight initially set for the prelims.

The action-packed night will commence with a two-fight PBC on Prime Video segment starting at 6 p.m. ET, featuring the up-and-coming middleweight Elijah García battling Kyrone Davis over ten rounds. The evening will ignite with 154-pound contenders Serhii Bohachuk and Brian Mendoza vying for the Interim WBC Super Welterweight Title, a match originally intended for Fundora before the evening’s reshuffle.

Fans eager to witness these titanic clashes in person can secure their seats through, with TGB Promotions orchestrating the live spectacle, highlighted by the Tszyu vs. Fundora fight, in collaboration with No Limit Boxing.

Hailing from a lineage of boxing royalty, 29-year-old Tszyu (24-0, 17 KOs) rides the momentum of a stellar 2023, where he not only claimed the world champion title in the super welterweight division but also triumphed over former world champion Tony Harrison, among others. Making waves with his U.S debut against Terrell Gausha, Tszyu secured his reputation with a unanimous victory.

Fundora (20-1-1, 13 KOs), known for his aggressive style and ironclad resilience, met his first defeat at the hands of Brian Mendoza. Standing tall at nearly 6-foot-6, this 26-year-old southpaw from Coachella, Calif., is not just a towering figure but also a force to be reckoned with up close. His 2022 brawl with Erickson Lubin, which had fans on the edge of their seats, showcased his fighting spirit, ultimately leading to a dramatic stoppage in the ninth round. Fundora’s fighting spirit is nurtured within a family devoted to boxing, under the guidance of his father Freddy and alongside his sister, IBF Flyweight World Champion Gabriela.

Rolly Romero is set to guard his WBA Super Lightweight crown in a thrilling 12-rounder against the mighty lightweight contender Cruz, who’s itching to make a splash in the 140-pound pool with a title-snatching spectacle during the night’s showstopper.

Hailing from the Mayweather Promotions squad, Romero (15-1, 13 KOs) isn’t just all talk; the man packs a wallop in both mitts, coupled with a flair for the dramatic that turns his bouts into can’t-miss events. At 28, he climbed the ladder to world champ status in his last skirmish, putting Ismael Barroso to bed in the ninth round last May, grabbing the gold. This victory marked Romero’s comeback since tasting defeat at the hands of triple-division titan Gervonta Davis in May 2022. Before facing Davis, the Vegas local snagged an interim belt in August 2020 by scraping past the then-undefeated Jackson Marinez with a decision that had folks talking.

Cruz (25-2-1, 17 KOs), a whirlwind in the ring at 25, has been on a tear with three straight wins since a closely-fought and riveting tussle with the unbeaten phenom Gervonta Davis back in December 2021. The Mexico City native catapulted up the lightweight ranks in 2020, making a statement with a jaw-dropping first-round KO of Diego Magdaleno that October, followed by commanding wins over Francisco Vargas and Jose Matias Romero. After dispatching former champ Yuriorkis Gamboa in April 2022 and tough contender Eduardo Ramirez that September, Cruz stepped back in the ring last July to hand Giovanni Cabrera his first loss via decision.

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Erislandy Lara, untouched in his middleweight journey, is set to safeguard his WBA Middleweight World Championship belt against the WBA’s number one mandatory challenger Zerafa, in a 12-round spectacle that’s sure to set the pay-per-view stage alight.

Lara (29-3-3, 17 KOs), a former dominator at 154-pounds, encountered a hiccup in 2018, dropping a nail-biter of a split-decision to Jarrett Hurd in a title merge that snagged the “Fight of the Year” nod from the BWAA. Bouncing back, Lara tangled with ex-154-pound champ Brian Castaño, pulling off an electrifying draw in a clash that teetered on the edge of tipping Lara’s way. Elevating to middleweight, Lara snatched the WBA title, dispatching Thomas LaManna with a first-round knockout in May 2021, and later flattening Gary O’Sullivan in May 2022. Before stepping up a division, Lara threw down with a roster of 154-pound elites, including a face-off with Canelo Alvarez.

From Melbourne, Australia, Zerafa (31-4, 19 KOs) has long been a big fish in the Australian boxing pond and strung together four victories to land this title bout on March 30. Zerafa’s dance card includes a split with former champ and Aussie adversary Jeff Horn and a first-round knockout victory over seasoned contender Anthony Mundine. The 31-year-old made his U.S. appearance in 2015, taking a hit in a bout against former middleweight champ Peter Quillin. This veteran has also thrown down with ex-champ Kell Brook and clinched wins over previously unbeaten pugilists Danilo Creati and Isaac Hardman in his latest outings.

Elijah Garcia, straight out of Phoenix, is stepping into the ring with gloves tied tight, ready to duke it out with Kyrone Davis in a middleweight clash that’s got the buzz of a beehive. Garcia, undefeated and undeterred, aims to etch his name into the annals of the 160-pound division with a win that’s sure to have folks chattering come March 30.

Garcia, a force since his pro debut in the rollercoaster year of 2020, has been dispatching foes left and right, notching three knockouts in 2023 that had fans picking their jaws off the floor. With a record that reads like a thriller novel—16 wins, 13 by knockout—Garcia’s fists are like thunderbolts, sending seven of his last nine opponents packing before the final bell.

On the flip side, Kyrone Davis isn’t just another face in the crowd. With a record of 18 wins, 3 losses, and a draw, Davis has tasted victory and is hungry for more. Training in Philly under the eagle-eyed Stephen “Breadman” Edwards, Davis, hailing from Wilmington, Delaware, is ready to upset Garcia’s apple cart.

Julio Cesar Martinez is defending his flyweight title against Angelino Cordova. After a hiccup with visa issues put a pin in their first dance, these two are ready to tango in a 12-rounder that’s sure to have sparks flying.

Martinez, trained by the legendary Eddy Reynoso, snagged the flyweight crown with a knockout that had fans screaming for more back in December 2019. With five title defenses under his belt, Martinez is on the prowl, ready to add another win to his record.

Cordova, on the other hand, is stepping into the ring with an unbeaten record and a victory over ex-champ Angel Acosta that’s still making waves. Hailing from Venezuela, Cordova’s record is squeaky clean, with a draw being the only blemish. After a stunning U.S. debut, Cordova is eyeing Martinez’s title, ready to make some noise.

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  • Date: March 30, 2024
  • Undercard Start Time: 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. UK Time
  • Main Card Start Time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT / 1 a.m. UK Time (March 31)
  • Streaming:, Live on Prime PPV
  • Venue: T-Mobile Arena
  • 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
  • Kaipo Gallegos vs. Eric Howard, 6 rounds, junior lightweights
  • Adrian Neaves vs. Steven Walker, 4 rounds, junior welterweights