The upcoming pay-per-view undercard for Canelo Alvarez taking on Jermell Charlo for Canelo’s undisputed super middleweight championship bout on September 30th has an interesting test in the co-feature.
Arizona’s undefeated junior middleweight, Jesus "Mono" Ramos Jr., is ready to face the toughest challenge of his career, Erickson "Hammer" Lubin in a twelve-round fight.
Recently, Ramos Jr. caught up with ProBox TV News about the fight.
“I feel he didn’t say what he was supposed to say,” Ramos Jr told ProBox TV News. “The comment he made about him taking a step up with Charlo, and history repeating itself, I feel like none of it makes sense. I feel like if he really wanted me to be scared or feel threatened in some kind of way he would’ve said ‘I am working [really hard], my back [is] against the wall, this is my last chance.’ Something like that.”
Lubin was referencing his first-round knockout loss to Jermell Charlo which seemingly has overshadowed his promising career to this point. Lubin seems to feel this is a big jump in competition for Ramos Jr., at this point, whereas Ramos Jr seems unaffected by that line of thinking.
Ramos Jr. is coming off a career-best performance in which he brutalized and stopped Joey Spencer on the undercard of David Benavidez versus Caleb Plant. Ramos Jr took Spencer seven rounds before the bout was halted. Yet, Ramos Jr. isn’t overlooking Erickson Lubin as he sees Lubin as a game fighter who was once in the position he is in now.
“He is hungry, and I am sure he wants to get [back to a title shot],” said Ramos Jr. “I believe in myself too much, and the work I have put in and the training camp we are having, and I think things are going to go in our favor.”
Ramos Jr believes a win in this fight puts him at the top of the division, and in line for a world title once the division gets sorted. As of right now, Jermell Charlo holds all four world titles, but once the bell rings on September 30th, the WBO will strip Charlo of that title, leaving the other three to be determined at a later date.
“A win here put men at the top of the division with Tim Tszyu, Charlo, all of those guys,” said Ramos. “There are not a lot of names [in front of me] anymore.”