Sebastian Fundora may have another shot at the interim WBC title, but not in pursuit of vengeance for his previous defeat. The 61st annual WBC convention has ruled to allow Fundora back into the interim title picture, with a potential bout against Serhii Bohachuk, replacing the originally slated rematch with Brian Mendoza, who dealt Fundora a shocking seventh-round knockout defeat in April.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman clarified the decision, citing the need for an interim title due to the undisputed championship situation. Jermell Charlo, the lineal, WBC, WBA, and IBF champion, had his WBO title relinquished after an unsuccessful attempt to dethrone undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Serhii Bohachuk steps in for the interim title bout against Fundora, given that Mendoza went to Australia to face WBO titlist Tim Tszyu.
Charlo faces no pressure from the WBC, allowing him freedom in his career. Fundora, coming off his upset loss to Mendoza, aims to regain momentum after a 52-week interim reign. His potential opponent, Ukraine’s Bohachuk, boasts a record of 23-1 with all wins coming by knockout, rebounding impressively after a setback in 2021.