Unbeaten 154-prospect Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (13-0, 10 KOs) takes on tough-nosed Mexican Jose De Jesus Macias
Some boxers choose a nickname simply because it sounds good—think “Sugar” Ray Robinson or “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler. Other fighters prefer an alter ego that speaks more to their ring persona (i.e., Thomas “Hitman” Hearns and “Iron” Mike Tyson).
Erickson Lubin definitely falls in the latter category. Dubbed “The Hammer,” Lubin (13-0) has used his hammer-like fists to flatten 10 of the 13 opponents he’s faced since he turned pro barely two years ago. Even more impressively, the 20-year-old Lubin has put eight of those foes to sleep inside of two rounds, with six first-round finishes.
Lubin will try to make Jose De Jesus Macias (18-4-2, 9 KOs) his fifth consecutive knockout victim and continue his steady rise in the 154-pound division when the two meet January 31 at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee in Immokalee, Florida. The bout, scheduled for 10 rounds, headlines a Premier Boxing Champions card on Bounce TV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. ET).
Lubin returns to the ring for the second time in two months, having wiped out Alexis Camacho via second-round knockout on November 28 in Dallas. That capped a year in which the Orlando, Florida, resident went 5-0 with four stoppages.
Over those five fights, Lubin boxed a total of 18 rounds, with Michael Finney being the only opponent to take “The Hammer” the distance. Lubin not only won an eight-round unanimous decision on February 6, but he shut out Finney on all three scorecards.
Macias, a 24-year-old native of Guadalajara, Mexico, has been idle since October 10, when he dropped a tough 10-round split decision to Alejandro Barrera. Macias entered that contest on a 13-0-1 run, including seven stoppages in the span of 12 fights.
Making this matchup particularly intriguing is the fact that, while Lubin has proven to be a devastating power puncher, Macias has never been knocked out. Also, Macias, who will be making his debut on U.S. soil, has never lost back-to-back fights.