Erickson Lubin and Sebastian Fundora have a date for their WBC super welterweight elimination match.
BoxingScene.com has learned that Lubin-Fundora will headline a “Showtime Championship Boxing” television show on April 9. The place of the card which will present these two left-handers had not been determined Thursday afternoon.
Lubin, 26, and Fundora, 24, will battle to become the WBC’s mandatory challenger for the winner of the March 19 bout between 154-pound IBF/WBA/WBC champion Jermell Charlo and WBO champion Brian Castano. Showtime will also broadcast the Charlo-Castano rematch on March 19 from Crypto.com Arena.
Lubin (24-1, 17 KOs), of Orlando, Fla., has won six straight fights since Charlo knocked him out with a punch in the first round of their October 2017 fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn . Southpaw Lubin, then just 21, was the mandatory challenger for Charlo’s championship that night.
In his most recent action, Lubin knocked out former IBF/IBO/WBA champion Jeison Rosario (21-3-1, 15 KOs) in the sixth round on June 26 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
The 6-foot-6 Fundora is undefeated (18-0-1, 12 KOs), but the Coachella, Calif. native hasn’t faced someone as good as Lubin in his five years in the game. as a professional. Fundora, also left-handed, recently defeated Spain’s Sergio Garcia (33-1, 14 KOs) by unanimous decision in a 12-round knockout match against Gervonta Davis-Isaac Cruz undercard on Dec. 5 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. .
Showtime’s April 9 telecast could also include undefeated welterweight contender Jaron Ennis. The IBF ordered a 12-round, 147-pound playoff between Philadelphia’s Ennis (28-0, 26 KOs, 1 NC), who is ranked third by the IBF, and fifth-ranked Custio Clayton (19-0-1 , 12 KOs), of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The IBF, however, has not set a date by which their representatives must reach an agreement before their eliminator moves to a scholarship offer. If the two sides reach an agreement and Ennis and his promoter, Cameron Dunkin, move forward with Showtime as their broadcast partner, an Ennis-Clayton contest could be part of a triple title on April 9.
Ennis, 24, is one of the few fighters who regularly appears on Showtime who is not affiliated with early boxing champions Al Haymon. The premium cable network has televised each of Ennis’ last nine fights.
Keith Idec is senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be contacted on Twitter @Idecboxing.