LAS VEGAS – Erickson Lubin stands about eight inches shorter than Sebastian Fundora.
The undefeated Fundora typically towers over most opponents because, at approximately 6-foot-6, he is unusually tall for the junior middleweight division. Though significantly shorter, Lubin doesn’t feel Fundora’s height will leave him at a disadvantage when they square off Saturday night in a “Showtime Championship Boxing” main event at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
“He’s a tough competitor,” Lubin told BoxingScene.com. “He comes to fight. You know, he comes in shape. He’s real active in the ring, but I feel like a lot of people are fascinated by his height and feel like that’s a huge advantage. But he really gives that away with the way he fights. And I feel like he has no other way of fighting.
“So, my job is to go in there and, you know, [trainer] Kevin [Cunningham] drew up a great game plan this camp. We’ve been in the ring this whole camp, this whole time, with guys 6-6, 6-5, 6-2. I’ve been getting great sparring, so you know, I’m ready, man. I’m ready to rock and roll.”
Jamontay Clark has been one of Lubin’s primary sparring partners for the Fundora fight, a battle between southpaws. Cincinnati’s Clark (15-2-1, 7 KOs), the last left-handed opponent Fundora fought, boxed to a 10-round draw with Fundora in August 2019 at The Armory in Minneapolis.
Lubin (24-1, 17 KOs) watched the Fundora-Clark clash a few times and “definitely” thinks Clark should’ve been declared the winner. The Orlando, Florida, native noticed Fundora (18-0-1, 12 KOs) gave away his height in much of that closely contested bout as well.
“That’s just the way he fights,” Lubin said. “It’s been working for him. Like I said, I don’t think he really has no other ways of fighting. And I feel like it’s gonna work in my favor, for sure, because I can do everything in the ring. It’s just my job to go in there, adjust to the height, adjust to everything, and you know, serve him on a platter.”
The 26-year-old Lubin referred to Fundora telling BoxingScene.com recently that he “gave” Jeison Rosario to Lubin “on a silver platter” last year. The 24-year-old Fundora, of Coachella, California, and the Dominican Republic’s Rosario (22-3-1, 16 KOs) sparred many rounds with each other before Lubin stopped Rosario in the sixth round of their WBC elimination match last June 26 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
“Sparring’s definitely different from the fight,” Lubin said. “I don’t really have too much to say about that. He gonna see me Saturday night and, you know, he’s gonna have a whole different mindset about me after the fight’s done. Or when he’s in there in the ring with me, he’s gonna see that I’m the truth.”
Caesars Sportsbook lists Lubin as a slight favorite (-150/+125) to defeat Fundora in the main event of Showtime’s tripleheader (10 p.m. ET; 7 p.m. PT).
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.