Twenty three year old super welterweight phenom Jesus Ramos Jr. will be featured as a pay per view undercard draw for the fourth straight time in 17 months when he takes on credible contender Erickson Lubin on Sept. 30.
The Ramos-Lubin high-stakes scrap will provide chief support to the card headlined by Canelo Alvarez and Jermell Charlo at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Showtime PPV.
Ramos’ newfound home as a consistent PPV co-featured attraction is putting him on the fast track to showcasing his talent in front of a diverse fan base.
“It's huge. I feel that I get the most exposure on these types of stages. The main thing is that I have to keep performing the way I have been performing. Keep bringing exciting fights. I like to fight the best, like Erickson Lubin, Joey Spencer, Brian Mendoza, all of those guys. I like to challenge myself, and it makes for more exciting fights -- fights that are worthy of events like this,” Ramos told BoxingScene.com in an interview.
“A lot of people consider me the [best unknown fighter in boxing]. To me, it really doesn't matter. I'm not on social media ... I just like fighting, staying in the gym, and staying disciplined. I'm just worried about growing as a fighter and fighting guys like [Lubin]. Nobody can take away from my experience.”
Ramos (20-0, 16 KOs) has bested a trio consisting of Joseph Spencer, Luke Santamaria, and Vladimir Hernandez on PPV, all of which followed his September 2021 unanimous decision win Brian Mendoza, a win that has since aged remarkably well after Mendoza revived his career and upset Sebastian Fundora.
The always battle-ready Lubin (25-2, 18 KOs) will present Ramos the toughest test of his five-year career.
“A lot of people think I'm inexperienced, but I have a lot of worthy names on my resume. I fought a lot of great fighters and came out victorious. Now is the right time to take a step up like this one,” said Ramos.
“I take nothing away from Lubin. He's a very great fighter. He lost to [Jermell] Charlo [in 2017] and bounced back and he did it in an impressive way by building himself back up. I think that's what he's doing right now but he's in my way. I want to become a world champion. I just have to stay focused and disciplined.”
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