Erickson Lubin vs. Sebastian Fundora
Final Press Conference
Top super welterweight contenders Erickson “Hammer” Lubin
and Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora squared off at
the final press conference Thursday before they meet for the
Interim WBC Super Welterweight Title this Saturday, April 9
live on SHOWTIME in a Premier Boxing Champions event from
The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Curio
Collection by Hilton.
The press conference also featured former world champion
Tony “Superbad” Harrison and highly regarded contender
Sergio Garcia, who meet in the 10-round co-main event, plus
unbeaten Kevin Salgado and Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella, who
battle in the 10-round telecast opener.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from Virgin
Hotels Las Vegas:
“I always knew I would get back to title contention. I dared
to be great early. I tried to dethrone Jermell Charlo when I
had just turned 22. I always knew I would be back in this
position. It’s been only five years since that fight and I
just get better every time I step into that ring.
“We don’t underestimate anybody. He’s a tall statue of a
guy, but skills pay the bills. We go into camp and we draw
up a game plan and then we execute on fight night. He’s a
good fighter who comes in shape, but my skills will be the
“We came out to Las Vegas so we can be isolated and away
from all distractions. I go straight from the gym to my room
to watch film. My trainer Kevin Cunningham is a mastermind
in this game. He’s dealt with some of the greatest fighters
of our era. I plan to be no different. I’m coming here to do
“We went up weight classes in sparring but only a couple
weight classes. Kevin has had the plan for this fight a long
time ago. We came into camp strong and now we’re ready.
“I took the Charlo fight only three years into my career. I
haven’t lost since, and my experience level is just getting
better. My ring IQ is getting higher and I’m just fully
“I learned not just from my own loss, but from other
people’s losses as well. My focus after the Charlo fight was
just about getting back to the top.
“I fought in my 15th fight someone who was a couple inches
shorter than Fundora. I’ve been in the ring with all types
of people. I spar guys who are near Fundora’s height,
including Jamontay Clark, who came into camp with me. The
height doesn’t mean much to me.
“I have dynamite in both hands. I believe that I’m capable
of blasting out everyone I’m in the ring with. I’m here to
“Saturday night is about continuing our legacy. I’m here to
make a statement and dominate.”
“This is extremely important for me… Being in this position
just shows that hard work pays off. We all grew up in the
sport at the same time. Lubin and I both grew up in Florida
and it’s nice to be recognized for our hard work.
“I’m going to do my thing on Saturday night. We’re here to
win. No matter how the fight goes, that’s the goal. This is
a dream come true and it’s about time I get to be in the
main event on SHOWTIME.
“I trust my power. If it goes to the decision that’s great,
but if the knockout presents itself, I’m going to be ready
to take advantage of it.
“The past five fights I’ve had were all hard fights. I gave
Sergio Garcia his first loss and I’m planning on giving
Erickson Lubin his second defeat.
“I’m finally here fighting for an interim title and
hopefully the next fight is for the world title. I hope all
the fans who have been following my career tune in on
Saturday for a great fight.
“Wherever I go in Mexico, the fans recognize me. It feels
like home. My sister is going to be fighting there this
month so I’m planning to be celebrating with my people then.
“We’re both human beings and there’s no need to be
disrespectful outside of the ring. Once we step in there and
the lights turn on, all that respect goes away.
“I can guarantee this fight is going to be an inferno. We’re
number one and number two. Winner fights the champion for
sure, so we’re going to give our all.”
“This is a great card all the way through with all of us at
the same weight. We can all gauge each other. I’m definitely
going to be watching Fundora and Lubin. We’re all
competitive and the best man is going to win throughout the
“For me, Perrella was a fight that I probably took a little
soon after losing my father and trainer Ali Salaam. I think
I rushed into it a little too fast and he took the
opportunity coming in weight and came in strong. Everything
was working in his favor. I thought I pulled it out but it
was a close fight.
“My brother L.J. and I grew up together, but because of the
business side, we clash heads a lot. Sometimes it takes us
out of our business of being brothers. In this sport you
have to be strong-minded and strong-willed. We always make
up. I wouldn’t want to have anybody else in my corner. My
brother is a guy who knows how to talk to me and say what
needs to be said to push me harder.
“I brought in Fareed Samad for this camp, who was able to
add in some of the stuff my brother was missing. He really
knows the sweet science and it really gives me great balance
with my whole team.
“I just have to find a way to win. That’s the name of the
game. It doesn’t matter how we do it. I don’t know anything
about Sergio, and that makes him one of the toughest
opponents I could have chosen.
“It’s hard to fight guys like Sergio because they’re such
good people. I know he’s trying to butter me up, but I
respect that he’s humble and ready to fight.”
“I took only positives from my fight with Fundora. We gave
the fans a great fight and I learned a lot of valuable
lessons that I’m going to apply to this fight against a
former world champion. I’m going to be even better on
“I’ve said from the beginning, I don’t run or shy away from
any fights. My team gives me the best opportunities and I’m
grateful for that. I’m taking this fight against Harrison
just like he did when he won the title against Charlo. My
family’s future depends on the results of this fight.
“I respect Tony so much and I know that he’s a great
champion. Me and Tony are the only people that matter in
this fight and the best man will win.
“I could tell you that I want to win, but I have to show it
inside of the ring. My preparation and my training is always
with the objective to win.
“It’s great to be here representing Spain in the major
leagues of boxing. It’s amazing. I want to show everyone
that I have staying power and I plan to prove it again on
“I’m going to lose all respect for Tony for 10 rounds on
Saturday night, and then we can be cool again after the
“I’m so excited to be facing this new challenge. I feel more
prepared than ever. The goal is to create my own legacy and
become a star here in the United States.
“My older brother Juan Carlos Salgado is in my corner and he
supports me physically and mentally. He gives me great
advice and I want to surpass what he did. I want to win all
the titles and become a star in the U.S. That journey starts
“You’re going to see fireworks in the ring. It’s going to be
quite a show and I would not be surprised if there is a
“I’m very thankful to be here and it’s a pleasure to be part
of this event and to be on this platform. The Tony Harrison
fight was amazing. It was a great experience for me. I
learned so much and have evolved into a whole new fighter
since that fight and because of that fight.
“I’m a very difficult person to be in the ring with and I’m
looking to show that on Saturday night. I don’t shy away
from challenges. Losses don’t get to me, they just make me
hungrier to come back even stronger. I’m a force to be
reckoned with and I’m going to keep showing it.
“Whether it’s a knockout or it goes the distance, it doesn’t
matter. I’m looking to put on a spectacular performance from
that first bell.
“It’s been a mind-blowing experience working with Roy Jones
Jr. as my trainer. He’s a genius in his field and it makes
me feel like a kid in a candy store. I learn something new
every day. It’s an incredible experience because he’s always
bringing me something new. The sky is the limit with Roy
[Jones Jr.] in my corner.”