Famed boxing commentator Al Bernstein, renowned for his voice on over 150 major pay-per-view broadcasts, applauds the upcoming undercard for the Canelo Alvarez-Jermell Charlo 168-pound title fight, calling it one of the finest he’s covered. Bernstein will join the commentary team for the live SHOWTIME PPV event, on September 30 starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
On the roster are fights like Erickson Lubin versus Jesus Ramos, clashing as 154-pound top-contenders. Then there’s ex-welterweight king Yordenis Ugas squaring off against the prior 140-pound champ, Mario Barrios. Additionally, up-and-coming middleweights Elijah Garcia and Jose Resendiz will lock horns. Bernstein’s take? He believes each fight holds promise, with a couple having the potential to be named as the “Fight of the Year”.
Ugas vs. Barrios: After a notable break and recovering from an injury post his fight with Errol Spence, Ugas is eager to prove his worth in the welterweight division. He is known for his technical acumen in the ring. Barrios, after a respectable performance against Keith Thurman, aims to solidify his position in the division’s top-contender list. With their unique styles, both being combination punchers, this fight is expected to be closely fought from start to finish.
Lubin vs. Ramos: An intriguing fight awaits as both Lubin and Ramos are known for their aggressive fighting style and powerful punches. While Lubin has consistently challenged top-contenders at 154 pounds without securing a title, his recent win post his defeat to Sebastian Fundora is notable. Ramos, at the age of 23, is perceived by many as a promising future talent in the 154-pound division. With previous victories, like the one against Brian Mendoza, this fight is an important moment, especially for Lubin. Expectations are high for this to turn into an intense contest.
Garcia vs. Resendiz: Two promising middleweights are set to clash. Considering the division isn’t densely packed with talent, a victory here can significantly elevate the winner’s ranking. Garcia, only 20, has already marked a KO victory against contender Amilcar Vidal in an exhilarating fight. Recognized for his powerful punches, he has a tendency to start slow but finish strong. Resendiz, with his notable victory against former 154-pound champion Jarrett Hurd, is another talent to watch. The question is, will Resendiz capitalize on Garcia’s typical slow initiation, or will he let Garcia gain momentum as rounds pass? It’s evident that this division is in for some excitement with such talents.