Photo: Lina Baker [IG: @seeyouringside]
The Coachella Valley has been churning out prospects and champions in professional boxing for decades. This Friday Alberto Fundora looks to become next in a stone chiseled list of fight game ambassadors to thrive in the harsh desert.
While working on a project at the Lee Espinoza Boxing Club in Coachella, I bumped into the freakishly tall and talented fighter who enters his sixth contest on Golden Boy Promotions’ ‘Boxeo Estelar’ on Estrella TV this Friday from Fantasy Springs Casino in nearby Indio, CA. RingTV.com will be streaming the un-televised undercard along with Fundora’s fight.
Albert Baker: So How long have you been out of the ring now?
Alberto Fundora: I’ve been out since March.
Albert Baker: Your last few fights were in the South in Louisiana and Texas, now you’re fighting on a Golden Boy card, what happened?
Alberto Fundora: The promotion company that I was working with disbanded and kind of fell apart so now we’re fighting over here at Fantasy Springs.
Albert Baker: Are you looking to get picked up on a contract or to fight regularly on Golden Boy’s cards with a solid performance?
Alberto Fundora: It all depends, why not? They put on a lot of shows right here at the Fantasy and I could put a lot of people in the seats.
Albert Baker: Do you know who you’re fighting?
Alberto Fundora: Ricky Romero from Commerce, California – he’s fought once in Mexicali.
Albert Baker: What are you trying to do with your performance? This is your first fight here at home, you’re in front of the home crowd do you feel any pressure?
Alberto Fundora: I’m trying to give the crowd their money’s worth. I want to give the crowd a good show; I can box, I can bang.
Albert Baker: If you don’t get a knockout do you have a plan B?
Alberto Fundora: I have a plan B, C, D, E, we train for every situation not everyone goes down but I definitely look for the knockout. I don’t take any opponent lightly.
Albert Baker: You were part of a reality show down in Texas, how did that go?
Alberto Fundora: That was a great experience, I got a lot of exposure in Texas and did a lot of interviews so I was able to practice talking to the media and how to do interviews.
Albert Baker: You’re pretty composed for a young fighter.
Alberto Fundora: I do my best in everything I do, boxing, talking – it’s the whole package.
Albert Baker: I see you have a younger bigger brother, your sister working the mitts, a baby, your mom, your dad training, and a cute kid named Macho running around the gym.
Alberto Fundora: We breathe boxing, we live boxing. When we go home that’s what we done for fun; looking up fights, we all box. My brother points stuff out, my sister, my dad, we all help each other.
Albert Baker: On behalf of InstantBoxing we wish you good luck and good health in the ring this Friday.
Alberto Fundora: Thank you.