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Cota: I will take advantage of Fundora’s inexperience

Battle-tested Mexican Jorge Cota has vowed to exploit the inexperience of towering Californian southpaw Sebastian Fundora in their 154lbs clash on the Andy Ruiz-Chris Arreola undercard on May 1.

‘El Demonio’ Cota (30-4, 27 KOs) is ready to chop down the beanpole 6ft 6ins Fundora with his heavy hands and industry on the FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View card at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, in three weeks’ time.

The unfeasibly tall Fundora is rated No.2 by the WBA and No.9 by the WBC, but Cota feels he has his foe’s measure in a clash that was originally scheduled for last December. The Mexican halted imminent WBA middleweight title challenger Thomas Lamanna in five in his last bout in January 2020 and is exuding confidence.

“My style makes a very difficult fight for anyone,” said Cota. “He’s definitely a unique boxer and a good prospect. The only way to beat him will be to use my experience. I will destroy his confidence and take advantage of his youth and inexperience.

“I’ve never spent more time preparing for one opponent. I know him very well. I have followed his career from the beginning. Having this extra time gave me more opportunity to study and get ready to surprise him. I’ve fought fighters who are tall and use their height. They weren’t quite as tall as Fundora, but I’m confident that with the sparring I’ve had I’ll be 100% ready.

“Me and my whole team are here in Tucson for training and we love it. I’ve worked very hard every day in the high altitude. The improvement that the altitude has had on my stamina is going to show and be the difference against Fundora.

“It’s an honour to be on the undercard of such a great all-Mexican event [as Ruiz-Arreola]. Every fight is going to be a war, because this card is full of proud Mexican warriors. I want to be sure that my head, heart and body will be in perfect condition to provide the fight of the night on May 1. I’m going to be mentally and physically ready for anything this test throws my way.”

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