Lubin Or Fundora Could Challenge Tszyu In Thurman’s Place

Tszyu May Get An Interesting Late Replacement

Tim Tszyu could face Sebastian Fundora, Erickson Lubin or Vergil Ortiz Jr. as Keith Thurman's replacement
Sebastian Fundora (Andy Abeyta) or Erickson Lubin could replace Keith Thurman to face Tim Tszyu (Getty Images)

Lubin Or Sebastian Fundora May Replace Thurman to Face Tszyu

In a terrible turn of events, welterweight boxer Keith “One Time” Thurman (30-1, 22 KO’s) is now in jeopardy of not making his next bout versus WBO super welterweight champion Tim “The Soul Taker” Tszyu (24-0, 17 KO’s). According to loud rumblings with insiders, Thurman has suffered an arm injury and is currently undergoing further evaluation for the potential fight-canceling ailment. As a result, Tszyu could look in the direction of Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (26-2, 18 KO’s) or Vergil Ortiz Jr. (20-0, 20 KO’s). Although, the unranked Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora (20-1-1, 13 KO’s) is the name currently leading the pack.


Obviously, this would be catastrophic to the event if Thurman was not able to perform. Naturally however, the question becomes: who can fill in at this late date? While Sebastian Fundora has been a speculated name, Lubin and Ortiz, both having recently exchanged with Tszyu online, bubble to the top of mind.

One surefire candidate who is sure to answer the call is #2 (WBO), #3 (IBF), #5 (WBC) and #5 (WBO) ranked fighter Erickson Lubin. Lubin has been chasing another title opportunity since he was first knocked out by Jermell Charlo well back in 2017. Let Lubin tell the story, he was already snubbed for a fight with Tszyu, which he said he was ready to sign on the dotted line.

Another potential opponent that would make American fans happy is the popular Vergil Ortiz Jr. After suffering a few health related problems while stationed at welterweight, Ortiz Jr. recently moved up to 154 pounds. In his first contest in the new division, Ortiz Jr. tore through Fredrick Lawson like a roll of toilet paper at a chili-eating contest and claimed a first round knockout. Admittedly, he’s done virtually nothing in the division, but he should be available and is an easily recognizable name for paying customers to attach to.


Before we get too lost in figuring out who will replace Thurman, let’s first confirm that One Time is definitely out of this fight. If so, it will be interesting to see who is summoned in the mad dash to replace him. No matter what takes place though, stick close to 3Kings Boxing for all the latest developments and underlying implications!

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