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FUNDORA STOPS LUBIN IN THRILLER

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Sebastian Fundora scored a ninth-round TKO win over Erickson Lubin in a 154-pound thriller. No 154 pound title fight has ever been Ring Magazine’s fight of the year, but that could change after tonight’s fight.

At moments, Lubin vs. Fundora was close, with Lubin starting with a textbook first-round attack to the body.

But, the Haitian-American contender had no answer for Fundora’s uppercuts on the inside as Fundora–who has NBA level height–chose once again to battle on the inside.

“It was a magnificent fight,” former champion Shawn Porter told Round By Round Boxing.

Usually, two southpaws fighting can be snore fests, but this was an all-action fight with Lubin down in the second on a right uppercut.

Lubin returned the favor in Round 7 as he dropped Fundora in a round that the unbeaten fighter was otherwise winning. Lubin had a few other earlier moments, but in the fifth after a few competitive rounds, he began eating uppercuts from Fundora at an alarming rate.

In the end, it was Kevin Cunningham’s towel from Lubin’s corner that would end it.

“I hit him with one uppercut and I saw that it rocked him,” said Fundora after the fight. “So, I did it again and again and again. I knew the uppercut was going to land. He said he was going to come out and fight me and he did. Hats off to him.”

Elsewhere on the card in the co-main event, Tony “Superbad” Harrison (29-3-1, 21 KOs) earned a widely scored, but hard-fought decision over Sergio Garcia (33-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round WBC eliminator in the 154-pound division. Scores were 98-92, 100-90 and 100-90.

For Harrison, the win proved that he remains a relevant force at 154 pounds and in the title picture.

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