(Winnipeg, Manitoba – 16/10/ 2009) He came, he boxed, he conquered. With lightning speed and formidable power, Kitchener’s Julius “Caesar” Bunda won a decisive victory in his professional boxing debut against Juan Sanchez in front of a sold-out crowd at The Gates in Winnipeg on October 15.
The 24-year-old Polish sensation dominated all four rounds, sending Sanchez to the canvas twice in the first round, using a powerful jab and a series of vicious body attacks. Bunda would drop Sanchez four times before the end of the match.
Fighting as a middleweight at 73kg (161 lbs), Bunda displayed a commanding presence from the opening bell, out boxing his opponent in all four rounds, leading to his unanimous victory much to the delight of the frenzied crowd.
Bunda, who had replaced the injured Mike “Flash” Walchuk in the main event, proved to be the crowd favourite as he used his precision jab and penchant for crippling rib shots to keep Sanchez from making any significant gains.
In the first round, Bunda’s flurry of jabs followed by a powerful left hook sent his opponent to the ground. Sanchez made it to his feet, only to be knocked down once again just moments later. Embattled but not yet beaten, Sanchez refused to succumb and hung on until the end of the fourth and final round.
Nova Scotia’s Sanchez, ranked 13th in Canada’s super middleweight category (3-4-1, 2 KO), and coming off a 4th round KO win in his last outing clearly wasn’t expecting the 6’1” Bunda to put on such a dominating performance for his first time out. Bunda, with a successful amateur career behind him, displayed the maturity and skill of a seasoned professional.
“I went in the ring with a plan and executed it perfectly,” said Bunda. “Long, heavy hands is what did it. That and killer shots to the ribs.”
Bunda’s promoter, Syd Vanderpool, retired world champion super middleweight, said “I was sitting there at ringside and I saw Bunda hit Sanchez to the body and I swear the judges were saying “owwwww’, I thought Julius’ knuckles were going to go right through his gloves.”
Bunda’s next fight is scheduled for January 16, 2010 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.