An intriguing matchup within the talent-deep junior middleweight division takes place on Saturday in Las Vegas the place the winner might need the strongest case for the subsequent shot on the undisputed championship.
Prime contender Erickson Lubin (24-1, 17 KOs) places his six-fight win streak at stake towards 6-foot-6 brawler Sebastian Fundora (18-0-1, 12 KOs) in the primary occasion of a Premier Boxing Champions card from inside Virgin Motels (Showtime, 10 p.m. ET). The 12-round bout might be contested for the interim WBC title and a compulsory shot on the winner of the Could 14 undisputed rematch between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castaño.
Although unbeaten Tim Tszyu additionally secured a compulsory shot at Castaño’s WBO title together with his March victory over Terrell Gausha, the 26-year-old Lubin has been vocal about his hope of getting his personal rematch with Charlo, who knocked him out spectacularly in Spherical 1 of their 2017 title bout.
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“It is a career-defining second for me, and a chance for me to rewrite history after my first world title struggle,” Lubin mentioned. “I wish to be a world champion and to do this, I have to sacrifice a few of my comforts. My coach Kevin Cunningham has additionally made some main additions to my coaching routine and the exhausting work might be on show once I step within the ring.
“I feel [Fundora] is a really robust problem for anyone within the division. He involves struggle and is all the time in super form. Fundora is tall and rangy however likes to struggle in shut quarters, which ought to make for a fan pleasant and thrilling struggle.”
The 24-year-old Fundora, a fellow southpaw, is contemporary off a detailed determination win over Sergio Garcia in December. The all-action huge man, who fights out of southern California, has lengthy been an attraction due to his slight construct and intensive top and attain (80 inches) for the division.
“I realized towards Garcia that I am in nice situation and that I can go into deep waters,” Fundora mentioned. “I really feel like I’ve improved rather a lot throughout this camp. It is actually every little thing — my boxing, my power, my working and my total conditioning is at the next degree. All the things is simply peaking for me heading into this struggle.
“Followers can count on me to deliver motion towards Erickson Lubin. ‘The Towering Inferno’ is bringing the hearth on struggle night time.”
Let’s take a look at the remainder of the struggle card earlier than attending to a prediction and decide for the primary occasion. Odds beneath are by way of Caesars Sportsbook.
Struggle card, odds
- Erickson Lubin -150 vs. Sebastian Fundora +125, junior middleweights
- Sergio Garcia -270 vs. Tony Harrison +220, junior middleweights
- Bryant Perella -300 vs. Kevin Salgado +240, junior middleweights
Regardless of his unbeaten document, Fundora merely hasn’t confronted the identical degree of competitors as Lubin. Even worse, two of his largest wins have been deemed disputed at finest after he fought Jamontay Clark to a 2019 draw earlier than edging the unbeaten Garcia final December.
The lone suspect a part of Lubin’s well-rounded sport stays his chin, which is a subject that resurfaced in his toe-to-toe warfare with Jeison Rosario final June. Lubin will want depend on his boxing abilities with the intention to get previous Fundora and there is sufficient disparity between them by way of craft for this to be probably the most practical consequence. At the least on paper.
The potential drawback for Lubin is Fundora’s measurement and attain, which suggests Lubin might want to get inside to have success. If Fundora can lure Lubin right into a firefight at shut vary, which he tends to do with most of his opponents, the hazard quotient will increase exponentially for Lubin.
Given the stakes, nevertheless, Lubin might want to depend on his footwork and has little room for error. If Fundora will get off early and may execute on his personal phrases, Lubin might have to cease the large with the intention to get previous him. Fundora merely does not know another path however straight forward.
Choose: Lubin by way of KO7