T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas - Jesus “Mono” Ramos Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs) was shocked when the scores were announced for his super welterweight clash with fellow top contender Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (26-2, 18 KOs). (photo by Ryan Hafey)
After twelve rounds, most observers had tabbed the fight for Ramos, but it was Lubin who walked away with a twelve round unanimous decision.
The scores were 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113.
“I felt like I did a little more than him, but that’s alright,” said Ramos. “Congratulations to Erickson Lubin. He was sharp. He had a good game plan. Congratulations to him, it’s back to the drawing board. We’ll come back.”
Lubin's career has bounced back in full force, and he's put himself back into contention for another world title fight with the win. The 27-year-old’s success came largely off the back foot as he frequently allowed Ramos to come to him and walked him into counter shots.
Although Ramos held a 145 to 92 edge in punches landed, the judges appeared to favor the defensive work and consistent jab (378 thrown to 274) of Lubin. Although disappointed in the result, Ramos expressed an eagerness to learn from the experience post fight.
Ramos admits that he took his foot off the gas in the final few rounds of the fight - where he took a relaxed approach and allowed Lubin to box much better than he'd done in the earlier rounds.
“I felt like I was just trying to show different dimensions to my game and not just come forward,” said Ramos. “It is what it is. I’ll take this loss, come back and learn from it. I learned not to let it go to the judges. Maybe I don’t put it on cruise control next time. A little more pressure. I’ll learn from this. It was a good experience.”