Rare is the day that a boxer gets a marquee bout in just his 14th professional fight—especially when said boxer’s teenage years are barely in the rearview mirror. Then again, rare is the day that a boxer as gifted as Erickson Lubin comes around.
Just four months removed from his 20th birthday, unbeaten 154-pound prospect Erickson Lubin (13-0, 10 KOs) headlines for the first time when he takes on Jose De Jesus Macias (18-4-2, 9 KOs) on January 31 at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee in Immokalee, Florida.
The scheduled 10-round clash will cap a Premier Boxing Champions card on Bounce TV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), which also will include a 147-pound, eight-round battle between Puerto Rican Olympian Alex De Jesus (21-1, 13 KOs) and southpaw Joseph Elegele (14-2, 10 KOs).
Lubin, nicknamed "The Hammer,” will be gunning for his fifth consecutive stoppage victory after ending 2015 with a pair of first-round knockouts of Kenneth Council (March 6) and Ayi Bruce (June 26); a sixth-round TKO of Orlando Lora (September 18); and a second-round KO of Alexis Camacho (November 28). In all, Lubin won five times last year to establish himself as one of boxing's rising stars.
Lubin, a native of Orlando, Florida, has been so dominant that he’s obliterated eight of his 13 opponents inside of two rounds, including six opening-round stoppages. In those 13 contests, he’s fought just 43 rounds.
“I am excited and ready to shine in my first main event,” Lubin said. “It means a lot to headline in my home state of Florida. The whole crowd will be on my side, and they will expect a lot. … I am training hard, staying focused and I want to make sure the whole world knows who Erickson Lubin is.”
Whereas Lubin made quick work of his last four opponents, Macias is coming off the second-longest outing of his career, losing a 10-round split decision to Alejandro Barrera on October 10. The defeat was Macias’ first since August 2012, snapping a 13-0-1 run (6 KOs) for the 23-year-old Mexican.
Although Macias does have four losses on his ledger, he has never been stopped in his pro career—and he doesn’t intend to become Lubin’s latest victim in what will be Macias’ first fight outside of his native country.
“Training camp has been excellent and I will have to give 100 percent in the ring against Erickson Lubin,” Macias said. “I will have to move a lot and get inside, and have a tight defense so I don’t get hit by one of Lubin’s bombs.”
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