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Sebastian Fundora replaces injured Keith Thurman to fight Tim Tszyu

A major shakeup has occurred on Amazon Prime’s debut PPV event set for March 30th as Keith Thurman is officially out and Sebastian Fundora (20-1-1, 13 KOs) is in. The 35-year-old

Thurman suffered a biceps injury. The initial fight of Thurman and Tim Tszyu (24-0, 17 KOs) was going to be fought at a catchweight with no title on the line but with the recent change now Tszyu will have more at stake.

The second-generation star from Australia, will now put his WBO junior middleweight title on the line vs the 6”5 154-pound action fighter Sebastian Fundora with 12 days' notice. The WBO ruled that the winner of Tszyu-Fundora must start negotiations with the mandatory challenger within five days of the fight. The mandatory is Terence Crawford. For Tszyu the last-minute switch of opponent's style wise is like night and day as Fundora presents a totally different challenge than Thurman would have.

Fundora The Towering Inferno," is a southpaw who applies non-stop pressure. The 26-year-old Fundora hasn't competed since April, when he suffered a seventh-round KO loss to Brian Mendoza in one of the biggest upsets of 2023. Fundora was originally scheduled to fight on the undercard with Serhii Bohachuk now his fate changes in the matter of days.

Fundora and Tszyu do share a few common opponents.Tszyu scored a unanimous decision over the aforementioned Brian Mendoza.Fundora outpointed Carlos Ocampo in October 2022 in his most-recent win. Tszyu (24-0, 17 KOs) knocked out Ocampo in the opening round in June.

With Thurman sidelined, PBC had to shift the card around as Brian Mendoza stepped in for Fundora to fight Bohachuk for the 154 interim belt. Rolly Romero will defend his WBA junior welterweight title vs. Isaac Cruz in the co-feature while Erislandy Lara puts his WBA middleweight title on the line against Michael Zerafa in the third fight. 

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