2 minutes read

Erickson Lubin And Jesus Ramos To Duke It Out Saturday In WBA Eliminator Bout

Erickson Lubin And Jesus Ramos To Duke It Out Saturday In WBA Eliminator Bout featured image
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Erickson Lubin addresses members of the media during the press conference for the Showtime Championship Boxing card at Barclays Center on October 12, 2017. (Photo by Edward Diller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Super welterweight contenders Erickson Lubin and Jesus Ramos are on the verge of a potential world title opportunity after the WBA recently announced their fight as an eliminator. Although it’s not officially labeled as a ‘final eliminator,’ which would declare the winner as the mandatory challenger, Lubin and Ramos will move closer to a world title shot against the division’s WBA champion, currently held by Jermell Charlo.

The concept of eliminators can often be vague and confusing, as some boxers who participate in these bouts may still need to go through a final eliminator to definitively become the mandatory challenger for the sanctioning body that mandates such fights.

Moreover, both Erickson Lubin (25-2, 18 KO’s) and Jesus Ramos (20-0, 16 KO’s) are ranked #7 and #6 in the WBA’s super welterweight rankings, several positions below the #1 WBA contender Israil Madrimov (9-0-1, 6 KO’s) and #2 contender Magomed Kurbanov (25-0, 13 KO’s). This suggests that the winner of this fight will likely need to face either of these two to become the mandatory challenger or an immediate contender for the WBA super welterweight champion, Jermell Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KO’s).

However, this is perhaps the best opportunity available for Lubin and Ramos to get near to a world title opportunity.

Erickson Lubin is familiar fighting at the world stage having fought Jermell Charlo for his sole WBC belt several years ago, while he also recently lost to Sebastian Fundora in a match for the WBC interim title. Though he has not managed to win any world title throughout these two attempts, another opportunity will be ready for him if he comes out as the winner against Jesus Ramos.

Jesus Ramos, 22, has never before fought for a world title or even an interim title, but this does not mean he stands a chance in the slightest. His most significant career victory came via a unanimous decision (UD) against the current WBC super welterweight interim champion, Brian Mendoza (22-2, 16 KO’s), whom Ramos defeated in 2021. Though young, the American is still unbeaten and seems to be prepared for the new challenges that await him.

This challenge now squarely rests on the shoulders of 27-year-old Erickson Lubin, who brings valuable experience to possibly thwart Ramos’ quest for a world title shot and will be hoping to finally ‘grab gold’, so to speak, starting with a win over the undefeated Ramos.

The two Americans will be fighting on the undercard of the Alvarez-Charlo fight card set to occur upcoming Saturday on September 30th, and the two super welterweights will be featured as the co-main event at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.