Erickson Lubin and Sebastian Fundora have a date for his or her WBC tremendous welterweight elimination match.
BoxingScene.com has discovered that Lubin-Fundora will headline a “Showtime Championship Boxing” telecast April 9. The venue for the cardboard that’ll showcase these two southpaws hadn’t been decided as of Thursday afternoon.
Lubin, 26, and Fundora, 24, will battle to turn out to be the WBC’s necessary challenger for the winner of a March 19 bout between IBF/WBA/WBC 154-pound champ Jermell Charlo and WBO champ Brian Castano. Showtime additionally will air the Charlo-Castano rematch March 19 from Crypto.com Area.
Lubin (24-1, 17 KOs), of Orlando, Florida, has gained six straight fights since Charlo knocked him out with one punch within the first spherical of their October 2017 bout at Barclays Heart in Brooklyn. The left-handed Lubin, then simply 21, was the necessary challenger for Charlo’s championship that night time.
In his most up-to-date motion, Lubin knocked out former IBF/IBO/WBA champ Jeison Rosario (21-3-1, 15 KOs) within the sixth spherical June 26 at State Farm Area in Atlanta.
The 6-feet-6 Fundora is undefeated (18-0-1, 12 KOs), however the Coachella, California, native hasn’t confronted somebody pretty much as good as Lubin in his 5 years as a professional. Fundora, additionally a southpaw, most just lately out-pointed Spain’s Sergio Garcia (33-1, 14 KOs) unanimously in a 12-round elimination match on the Gervonta Davis-Isaac Cruz undercard December 5 at Staples Heart in Los Angeles.
Showtime’s telecast April 9 might embrace rising undefeated welterweight contender Jaron Ennis as properly. The IBF has order a 12-round, 147-pound elimination match between Philadelphia’s Ennis (28-0, 26 KOs, 1 NC), who’s ranked third by the IBF, and fifth-rated Custio Clayton (19-0-1, 12 KOs), of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The IBF hasn’t set a date, nevertheless, by which their representatives should come to an settlement earlier than their eliminator would go to a handbag bid. If the 2 sides come to an settlement and Ennis and his promoter, Cameron Dunkin, transfer ahead with Showtime as its broadcast associate, an Ennis-Clayton contest may very well be a part of a tripleheader April 9.
Ennis, 24, is without doubt one of the few fighters who seems frequently on Showtime that isn’t affiliated with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions. The premium cable community has televised every of Ennis’ previous 9 fights.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He might be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.