Erickson Lubin wants to light up Las Vegas
The young veteran plans to make the case for another world title against undefeated Sebastian Fundora when the two super welterweights face off on Saturday night in a PBC main event on SHOWTIME.
Erickson Lubin is ready for his title fight.
Lubin will take another major step towards that goal on Saturday night when he takes on the undefeated Sebastian Fundora in a high-stakes main event for the WBC Interim Super Welterweight title at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
The fight tops a stacked trio of 154-pound matchups in a PBC event on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).
After knocking out former unified champion Jeison Rosario last June, Lubin (24-1, 17 KOs) feels he has already done more than enough to earn another shot at the super welterweight title.
“I wanted to fight Jermell winner Charlo-Brian Castano,” Lubin said. “But with this fight being a draw, I wasn’t going to stand in line, just sit here and waste my time while they figure it out.”
With Charlo-Castano 2 scheduled for Saturday, May 14 – a battle for the undisputed crown – Lubin opted to keep busy and take on the next one, Fundora, a spindly 6ft 5in puncher nicknamed “The Towering Inferno”.
“I’m going to beat competitor after competitor, doing the job of a champion,” Lubin said. “So by the time it’s time for me to become world champion, what I will be is just going to be big fights lined up. They may overlook me or underestimate me now, but by the time it’s all said and done, I’ll be in the history books.
“I’m okay with Sebastian being the next guy in line. He beat who he had to beat, but I’m number one in this ranking and I intend to keep my place. My job is to crush him on Saturday night.
Granted, Fundora (18-0-1, 12 KOs) is no pushover, with his unprecedented height in the weight class, unbeaten record and tarantula-like reach of 80 inches. The two crossed paths when they were younger.
“His father used to take me to a few tournaments as an amateur ten years ago,” recalls Lubin.
Lubin says he was never close to Fundora. He is also not intimidated by its dimensions. “Everyone is fascinated by its size. I’m not. I’ve had sparring partners at this camp as tall as 6-foot-4, 6-foot-5. He is likely to be affected a lot. He’s not one of those big fighters who uses his reach. He’s not a skilled fighter.
Lubin has only fought orthodox fighters in his pro career, but he also doesn’t care that 24-year-old Fundora is a southpaw.
“He’s not like one of those tricky southpaws who trick you into something,” Lubin added. “He’s not a setup artist. He’s a very basic fighter that shows up. We’re going to scare him off throwing a lot of punches, because he’s definitely going to pay the price. If he makes a wrong move, it will cost him dearly. I don’t underestimate the kid because he’s come through the ranks, but Saturday night is going to be my highlight. I’m here to make a statement – and I will.
“ I’m here to make a statement—and I will. ”
Super welterweight contender – Erickson Lubin
The return to that position has been a long one for the native of Orlando, Florida. Lubin was just 22 when he fought for his first world title in October 2017. The aforementioned Charlo fended off his challenge in one round, a loss that would have sent many careers into a tailspin.
Not Lubin. ” I learned a lot. I had been in the game for three years when I fought Charlo. It came so fast because I crossed the division quite early.
“Since then I’ve learned from the business side and more as a fighter – patience, maturity, training camps, different preparations, all that kind of stuff. It’s really helped me a lot. I’m getting even better. I’m not even my first Yeah, I’m 26. I’m about to hit my peak and I see myself getting better with every camp.
The biggest change was bringing in respected coach Kevin Cunningham, who guided Cory Spinks and Devon Alexander – both left-handers like Lubin – to multiple world titles.
“I’m more disciplined, especially with Kevin,” Lubin said. “He likes a military guy in training, zero tolerance. You have to be there with him or he’s not going to laugh at you. If you’re not serious about the game, it doesn’t follow you. It certainly helped me as a fighter, as a father and as a man.
Lubin usually trains at the West Palm Beach gym in Cunningham. For this fight, the duo moved camp to Las Vegas, a refreshing change for the fighter.
“I go for a walk and it’s very different from Florida,” Lubin said. “Usually I see the beaches, but now I’m in the mountains and the desert. I don’t do much else. I’m starting to feel like a caged animal and I’m ready for the fight.
With another world title on the line, the plan is to put on a show under the lights of Las Vegas.
“I’m going to figure this boy out early,” Lubin said. “If I get the stoppage, that would be lovely. But if I don’t, I’m going to beat him for 12 rounds.
“I was built for this. Pressure makes diamonds. I’m going to go and I’m going to shine like a star.
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