Fundora to drop WBO title to face Spence in October: sources

Sebastian Fundora will drop his World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight title to face Errol Spence in October, according to sources.

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FUNDORA TO DROP WBO BELT FOR LUCRATIVE SPENCE FIGHT

Fundora (21-1, 13 KOs) is ready to give up his World Boxing Organization (WBO) belt for a chance to face Spence (28-1, 22 KOs), sources told Boxingscene.

The 26-year-old Florida native still has the World Boxing Council (WBC) belt, which will be at stake in the bout against Spence.

Fundora claimed the WBO and then vacant WBC 154-lb titles after beating Tim Tszyu (24-1, 17 KOs) In Las Vegas on March 30.

The decision stalls the supposed matchup between Fundora and Terence Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs).

FUNDORA LURED BY BIGGER SPENCE DRAW THAN CRAWFORD, SAYS SOURCES

Fundora chose to fight Spence rather than taking a mandatory title defense against Crawford due to the bigger draw by the former, sources said.

Despite Crawford beating Spence in their first matchup on July 29, 2023, Spence drew most of the fans who packed the 80,000-seater AT&T Center in Texas.

Fundora wants to face Spence first, as a win would still enable him to take on the Crawford-Madrimov winner.

The Fundora camp is also wary of the 37-year-old Crawford, who only fought once a year since 2020.

Crawford is scheduled to face Israil Madrimov (10-0,1, 7 KOs) on August 3 at the BMO Stadium in Los Angeles.

ORGANIZERS HOPE FUNDORA-SPENCE FIGHT HELD IN DALLAS

Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) eyes to stage the Fundora-Spence fight also at the AT&T Center in Dallas.

The 34-year-old Spence has proven to be a strong draw in that venue, as he fought Mikey Garcia and Yordenis Ugas there.

However, Spence recently parted ways with trainer Derrick James, with whom he had an effective partnership since the former’s college days.

Spence and James were together when they made a run at the 2012 London Olympics.

The two have since feuded and sued each other due to money disagreements.