A true powerhouse in the light-middleweight division, Erickson Lubin has shown Premier Boxing Champions that he can lead the division in the future. With 16 wins via knockout, “The Hammer” appears to just be getting started.
Lubin (22-1) is on a four-fight win streak, last beating Nathaniel Gallimore back in October. He has rebounded nicely since his knockout loss at the hands of WBC Light-Middleweight Champion Jermell Charlo back in 2017. Speaking to Ray Flores on the PBC’s Time Out program, Lubin believes he is ready for another crack at Charlo.
“It was a character-defining type of loss,” said Lubin, via Boxing News 24. “When I lost, I was trying to rebuild and see who was with me and who was my friends. I went in there [against Charlo] a little young. And I went in there a bit early.
“The way my skill set is and my mind, I felt like I was ready for that fight. I wanted to get in there and become a star so soon, but God had different plans for me. We bounced back, and right now, I’m sitting at #1 with the WBC. A rematch is in the near future.”
Now with Kevin Cunningham, known for holding onto boxers like Cory Spinks, Devon Alexander, and David Diaz, the 24-year-old Lubin has since grown and taken down all fighters in his way.
“He’s (Charlo) trying to buy time, or he’s trying to find a different route. I’m not ducking any smoke,” Lubin went on to say.
With boxing on hold due to the coronavirus, it is unknown when Lubin will be able to fight again. He is hoping to compete with fans inside an arena, but is willing to do whatever it takes and fight wherever to become champion. To do that, he believes facing someone who has beaten Charlo before will help his cause.
“I want to be one of the first names called to have a date,” Lubin said. “And I want someone like Tony Harrison. I feel like it’s good for PBC. It’s a fight that’s easy to make. We’re two fighters with PBC, it’s easy to make, and I’m #1 with the WBC. He’s #3 with the WBC. I feel like the winner of that fight definitely deserves a rematch with Charlo.”
Harrison (28-3) beat Charlo for the WBO Light-Middleweight Title in 2018 via unanimous decision. Charlo ended up winning the title back a year later via TKO. Without a fight since then, Harrison is looking to reclaim what was his. Perhaps a contender bout with Lubin is in his future.
Even with a light-middleweight division full of stars, Lubin believes a world title is right around the corner for him.
“There are a lot of great fighters in this division,” said Lubin. “I feel like I’m the best at 154… I’m a very dangerous fighter right now, and no one at 154 pounds can beat me right now as we speak. At 24, I feel like that power has always been there, but as I keep working hard in the gym, it only gets better.”