Lubin Wants His Respect: “I Ain’t No Gatekeeper In This Division!”

Lubin Declares his Position Atop the 154-pound Division!

Erickson Lubin denies the super welterweight gatekeeper label
Erickson Lubin denies the super welterweight gatekeeper label | credit: Imago/Zuma Wire/Tom Hogan, Ryan Hafey/PBC

Erickson Lubin Pushes Back on Gatekeeper Label from Fans

In his latest tour of duty, super welterweight fighter Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (26-2, 15 KO’s) snagged a very controversial decision. In that match, he was seemingly outworked and outboxed by up-and-coming boxer Jesus “Mono” Ramos Jr. (20-1, 15 KO’s) on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez versus Jermell Charlo. Despite his rather tepid performance, The Hammer was awarded an extremely surprising unanimous decision win by the judges. The crowd at hand rowdily booed Lubin during the reading of the scorecards and his post fight interview.

Ironically, Lubin garnered far more respect when he picked up his two professional losses to Jermell Charlo and Sebastian Fundora. Heading into this duel, The Hammer was determined to shed the label of gatekeeper that a great many fans have saddled him with. In reality, this shabby outing only helped to reinforce that perception. Despite the soggy outcome and overtly negative response by the crowd, Lubin feels that he did all that he was supposed to.

“It was boxing 101, it’s hitting and not getting hit! Mono is a very strong kid, I tip my hat to him, very talented young kid. But I was just tired of them calling me a gatekeeper; I am one of the top dogs in the division and I deserve one of the top fights, not one of the young’uns coming up. I want the belts!”

“I want the world title. Like I said before, I am tired of people calling me a gatekeeper, I ain’t no gatekeeper in this division. I just beat a young kid who is 20-0. No disrespect to him, he is a great young fighter, but y’all got to stop calling me a gatekeeper. I am one of the top dogs in the division!”


Before this fight, ranked #6 (WBC), #7 (WBO), #9 (WBO) and #10 (IBF), Lubin held a recognizable name but was not exactly in high demand. Now that the fight is in the books, it’s very unlikely that many new top tier combatants will be lining up to face The Hammer. Therefore, maybe now is a good time to go after the previously mentioned Fundora who is also in need of a win. Regardless of what he opts to do next, 3Kings Boxing will be here to report the news!

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