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The creation of a fighter is a road of sacrifice not travelled by the weak or timid. Hard decisions are made along the route that alter the course of history in the lives of the hungry.
During my usual trip to the desert to poke my head around the Coachella Valley boxing scene while looking for good material on a story, I came across undefeated prospect Alberto Fundora. Tall kid, well spoken, big smile, and for some reason I hadn’t heard of him yet. Just what I was looking for.
Fundora is trained by his father Freddy Fundora. The oldest of six siblings was the focal point of the family’s life changing decision to move from home in West Palm Beach Florida all the way to the desert in southern California, Alberto said “we left the beach for the desert just for boxing. Boxing itself is a sacrifice.”
“Were a boxing family, I’m the oldest so I have to set the example.” Fundora’s three brothers and two sisters are also aspiring pugilists and students of the symphony of violence.
Fundora has a solid amateur background, ranked number one as a heavyweight in the junior and youth divisions. Winning the Junior Olympics in 2011 was a bright spot for the half Cuban half Mexican “The Olympic trials were the same week, it was a good experience because we got to see what the older guys were doing.”
After graduating high school and turning eighteen Alberto and Freddy decided to turn professional and went from the amateur heavyweight division to the super middleweight division as a pro. The decision has paid off so far as he has come out the gate with five wins and no losses, two of those wins by knockout. Alberto appears to have a solid understanding of where he’s at in his career “right now, we’re in the development process so we’re molding ourselves for those championship level fights.
No matter what gym you go to, what city you’re in, ask a fighter what they want to be and the likely answer is “World Champion”. Fundora has no lack of expectations for himself as he answered this question with “My goal is to become an icon in the sport, I want to be a household name. Of course everybody wants to be a champion, I want to be bigger than that.”
The trek to the desert has always paid off with a gem or two. Alberto Fundora’s career is just getting underway, his path is laid out for him, and the table is set for the hungry.