On January 31, undefeated junior middleweight Erickson Lubin returns to action in his home state of Florida against rugged Mexican brawler Jose De Jesus Macias. The 20-year-old southpaw is 13-0 with 10 KOs and quickly emerging as one of the most exciting prospects in the sport.
Lubin went 5-0 with four KOs in 2015, facing a decent level of competition for a fighter at this point in his career. Last September he stopped veteran journeyman Orlando Lora in six rounds. On November 28, he capped off his successful year by smashing 21-5 Alexis Camacho. He dropped Camacho in Round 1 and finished him off in the second with a brilliant right hook.
The junior middleweight division is stuffed with young talent at the moment, but don’t be surprised if Lubin has shouldered his way into all the conversations by the end of the year. He was a National Golden Gloves champion before turning professional shortly after he turned 18. At 5’11” and with a 76″ reach, he’s got a big frame and will likely grow into a full middleweight in the future. But for now, he’s on the brink for reaching contender status at 154 pounds.
De Jesus Macias has amassed an 18-4-2 record, with nine KOs, facing largely low-level competition, but his last fight was a split-decision loss to Alejandro Barrera, a decent fringe contender who was stopped by Errol Spence Jr. on the same card as Lubin’s knockout of Camacho.
In a press release put out by King’s Promotions, De Jesus Macias sounded like he knew he would have his work cut out for him against Lubin: “I will have to move a lot and get inside and keep a tight defense so I don’t get hit by one of Lubin’s bombs.” Expect the Guadalajara native to do his best to make this a real fight.
Erickson Lubin is part of the Premier Boxing Champions banner, so he should have all the opportunities he needs to develop into a star. With his talent, don’t be surprised if he cashes in on those opportunities.