About a month after setting the date for their high-stakes 154-pound fight, Erickson Lubin and Sebastian Fundora have also learned where they will meet in the ring.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that Lubin and Fundora will face off on April 9 at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Showtime will televise its 12-round match at junior middleweight as the main event of a triple title from what was once known as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. held five boxing cards at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas in 2021, including one that featured a full 140-pound title unification bout between Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez on May 22.
The winner between Lubin, 26, and Fundora, 24, will become the WBC’s mandatory challenger for the winner of an upcoming full title unification rematch in which 154-pound IBF/WBA/WBC champion Jermell Charlo will face WBO champion Brian Castano. Lubin-Fundora will also be contested for the interim WBC super welterweight title.
Southpaw Lubin (24-1, 17 KOs), of Orlando, Fla., will go on a six-fight winning streak in the Fundora fight. Lubin recently knocked out former IBF/IBO/WBA champion Jeison Rosario (21-3-1, 15 KOs) in the sixth round of their scheduled 12-rounder on the Gervonta Davis-Mario Barrios undercard on June 26 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
His win over Rosario marked Lubin’s most impressive performance since Charlo knocked him out with a punch in the first round of their October 2017 fight for Charlo’s WBC belt at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Lubin, then just 21, was the mandatory challenger for Charlo’s championship entering that fight, which Showtime also televised.
The 6-foot-6 Fundora will pass what will be his toughest test against Lubin. The tall, lanky southpaw improved to 18-0 (12 KOs) when he beat Spaniard Sergio Garcia (33-1, 14 KOs) by unanimous decision in their competitive but unremarkable 12-round knockout match on the Davis-Isaac Cruz undercard on Dec. 5. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Garcia, meanwhile, will face former WBC super welterweight champion Tony Harrison (28-3-1, 21 KOs) in Showtime’s 12-round co-feature before Lubin and Fundora battle in the event. main.
Keith Idec is senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be contacted on Twitter @Idecboxing.