Carlos Adames will be putting his WBC interim middleweight title on the line this Saturday night as he takes on Julian Williams at The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and will be televised live on SHOWTIME at 9 am PST.
Also on the card are top super welterweight contenders Erickson “Hammer” Lubin and Luis “Cuba” Arias squaring off in the 10-round co-main event and super flyweight world champion Fernando “Pumita” Martinez putting up his IBF title against unbeaten Filipino contender Jade Bornea in the opener.
Adames Vs. Williams Fight Preview
Adames holds a professional boxing record of 22-1, his only loss coming at the hands of Patrick Teixeira in 2019. The American-born Williams currently has a 28-3-1 record but has taken two losses in his last three fights.
Adames scored a huge victory in December of 2021, overcoming top contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko and then followed the win up by knocking out Juan Macias Montiel in the third round to capture his interim belt last October. The 29-year-old has taken down a number of former champions such as Carlos Molina, Frank Galarza, Joshua Conley and Alejandro Barrera, with his only loss coming at the hands of Patrick Teixeira via a narrow decision.
Williams on the other hand has lost two of his last three fights, dropping his first title defense to Jeison Rosario in January 2020, before coming up short on the scorecards against Vladimir Hernandez in October 2021. Williams was however able to win his latest fight last November, dominating Rolando Mansilla at The Armory, winning by unanimous decision.
Oddsmakers have Adames as a heavy favourite, giving the champ around 1.20 decimal odds whereas Williams is getting over 4.00.
Erickson “Hammer” Lubin vs. Luis “Cuba” Arias Fight Preview
The 27-year-old Lubin, who holds a record of 24-2 (17 KOs) will be returning to the ring after suffering a loss to Sebastian Fundora in April 2022. Prior to the Fundora fight, Lubin was on a six-bout winning streak since a loss to unified 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo in 2017. Some of the bigger names Lubin had to overcome in that period include Jeison Rosario, Terrell Gausha and Ishe Smith.
Arias, a native of Milwaukee who fights under Mayweather Promotions, has a record of 20-3-1, (9 KOs). He most recently beat Jimmy Williams in dominant fashion in May 2022, after winning via decision over former unified champion Jarrett Hurd on the Mayweather vs. Paul SHOWTIME PPV undercard.
The fight is expected to be highly contested with Lubin holding a slight edge over Arias going into the matchup.
Fernando “Pumita” Martinez vs Jade Bornea Fight Preview
Martinez comes into the fight unbeaten at 15-0 (8 KO) after a massive victory over Jerwin Ancajas on SHOWTIME in February 2022. The 31-year-old Argentinian went on to put up an even more impressive performance in their rematch in October 2022 to retain his IBF super flyweight title via unanimous decision.
A native of General Santos City in the Philippines, Bornea also comes in with an undefeated record of 18-0 which includes 12 knockouts. The 27-year-old will fight in the U.S. for the second time in his career after beating Ernesto Delgadillo in January 2020. Bornea has been on a tear as of late adding victories against Mohammed Obbadi in January and Ivan Meneses in August.
Other Fights on Adames/Williams Card
There are a total of ten fights which are scheduled to take place on the Adames/Williams card. Below you can fight a list of the preliminary card fights:
- Caleb Truax vs. Burley Brooks, 8 rounds (Light heavyweight)
- Bryant Perrella vs. Jamontay Clark, 10 rounds (Junior Middleweight)
- Shawn McCalman vs. Bo Gibbs Jr., 8 rounds (Super Middleweight)
- Jerwin Ancajas vs. Wilner Soto, 8 rounds (Junior Featherweight)
- Kel Spencer vs. Lyle McFarlane, 4 rounds (Lightweight)
- Robert Meriwether III vs. Ezra Rabin, 4 rounds (Featherweight)
- Ray Ray Robinson vs. Ryan Raglin, 4 rounds (Featherweight)