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Al Bernstein expecting Canelo-Charlo undercard to produce Fight of the Year contenders

Al Bernstein. Photo credit: Showtime Championship Boxing

While most eyes are focused on the undisputed super middleweight title fight between champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) and challenger Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this Saturday night, Hall of Fame broadcaster Al Bernstein is equally looking forward to the undercard of the pay-per-view.

In an all-southpaw battle at junior middleweight Erickson ‘Hammer’ Lubin 25-2 (18) will meet Jesus Ramos Jr 20-0 (16), while former world champions Yordenis ’54 Milagros’ Ugas 27-5 (12) and Mario ‘El Azeca’ Barrios 27-2 (18) will clash at welterweight. Both bouts will take place over 12 rounds. Middleweight prospects Elijah Garcia 15-0 (12) and Jose Armando Resendiz 14-1 (10) will battle it out over 10.

Bernstein says he wouldn’t be surprised if one or more of the bouts is in the discussion for Fight of the Year.

“[Lubin vs Ramos] is a fantastic match up. Both men are action fighters with pop in their punches,” Bernstein said.

“Lubin has been near the top of the 154-pound division for years but has not broken through to win a title. He had a good win after his loss to Sebastian Fundora [against Luis Arias]. Lubin fights the toughest opposition available to him at 154 and here he’s doing it again.

“The 23-year-old Ramos is thought by many to be the future at 154 pounds. He’s already fought very tough opposition, with a win over Brian Mendoza, who is challenging for a 154 pound title [against Tim Tszyu].

“There is no way this does not become a firefight. This is a pivotal fight in the junior middleweight division with a lot on the line, especially for Lubin. It will be a war.

Bernstein continued: “Former champ Ugas comes back from a long layoff, suffering an injury in his battle with Errol Spence. He wants to show he’s still at the top of his game and belongs in the conversation as a top welterweight.

“This fight has enormous implications for him and he will fight that way. He’s an excellent ring technician.

“Barrios is still looking for a major win at 147 after holding the 140-pound title. He fought well but lost to Keith Thurman and this is his chance to show he belongs in the division’s top tier.

“The style matchup is a good one. Neither is a huge puncher but they both can be combination punchers who will throw and land punches. It will be competitive all the way through.”

Bernstein says Garcia vs Resendiz is exactly the type of bout you want to open up a telecast and whet the appetite of the fans.

“Two young middleweights with huge potential,” he said. “That division is not deep, so a big win here could vault the winner very high up the rankings.

“Garcia, at age 20, has already scored a KO win over contender Amilcar Vidal in a wildly exciting match. He is a power punching lefty who overcomes slow starts to close the show.

“Resendiz scored a signature win over former 154-pound champ Jarrett Hurd in an action-packed bout. The key to this fight is whether Resendiz can take advantage of Garcia’s typically slow start or allow Garcia to pick up steam as the fight goes on.

“These are two young, skilled and exciting middleweights—something that division has needed. This is going to be a shootout.”