A close-up of Erickson Lubin’s face is proof you’re not into boxing
- Erickson Lubin’s face was a bloody mess after his Saturday fight against Sebastian Fundora.
- Lubin and Fundora traded knockdowns in a fight hailed as an instant classic.
- Close-up footage of Lubin is further proof that boxing isn’t being played.
LAS VEGAS — Erickson Lubin’s face was grotesquely disfigured after battling rising boxing star Sebastian Fundora.
Their super welterweight war on Saturday at the off-strip property of Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas was hailed as an instant classic as it featured knockdowns from both fighters and relentless brutal but brilliant action.
After 27 minutes of grueling combat, Lubin’s trainer Kevin Cunningham told referee Russell Mora to stop the competitive 154-pound slobberknocker.
At that point, the two fighters combined to throw 1,074 punches.
Fundora landed 255 of his 706 punches with 36% accuracy, according to Compubox data sent to Insider. Most of his punches were power punches and he landed 233 of his 541 attempts.
His best attacks were close range although he is 6ft 6in and had a clear advantage had he kept the fight at bay.
But his inner struggles were remarkable. Lubin was there to be hit with uppercut after uppercut and, shortly after, there was significant bruising around both eyes.
It looked like his nose was broken too.
Here’s what Lubin looked like before the fight:
This is what it looked like afterwards:
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If Lubin’s face showed the horror of defeat, Fundora’s showed the exaltation of victory.
“His face was way too swollen,” Fundora told reporters and Insider during a post-fight media scrum. “There’s no way he can see with his eyes.”
Prior to fighting Fundora, Lubin had won six straight after a first-round knockout loss to Jermell Charlo five years ago.
“I know he thought about how people make fun of his chin…but he’s a tough fighter.”
When asked if Lubin could become the same again, Fundora replied, “I don’t know. I wish him the best and a speedy recovery.”
Insider confirmed with a source on location that Lubin was taken to the UMC Trauma Center for further observation immediately following the fight.
In the victory, Fundora advanced his professional boxing record to 19 wins (13 KOs) against a draw.
He is also now in a position to face the winner of the May 14 showdown between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano, which is a fight that has every major world super-welterweight championship on the line.
The Premier Boxing Champions event aired on Showtime.