Erickson Lubin Gets The Stoppage Over Jeison Rosario
On June 26, two top ten junior middleweight contenders clashed in a pivotal fight when Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (23-1, 16KOs) took on former unified champion Jesion “Banana” Rosario (20-2-1, 14KOs).
Riding a five fight win streak since suffering a stunning one-round knockout loss to unified champion Jermell Charlo back in October of 2017, Lubin has managed to grab the #1 ranking with the WBC. He is in line for another opportunity to face Charlo in the future.
Rosario is coming off an eighth round knockout loss in his bid to unify his titles with Charlo back in September 2020. He is ranked #3 by the WBC, #6 by the WBA and #10 by the IBF.
Lubin, who has been very vocal leading up to this fight, started the bout using his jab to set up his straight left to the body. This is something he worked on in camp considering his opponent was stopped by a jab to the body in his previous fight. He easily dictated the pace early on behind the jab, setting up punishing head shots.
A nasty left uppercut hurt the former champion in the second half of the third round! At the conclusion, a right hook to the temple of Rosario would severely hurt the former champion as the bell sounded. A badly wobbled Rosario would stagger back to his corner.
Showing good recuperative senses, Banana would bounce back nicely in round four hurting Lubin with a right hook of his own to close out the round!
BANANA CAUGHT SLIPPING AGAIN!
A couple of rounds after being hurt, Lubin would bring the hammer down on Rosario! Pun intended! A jab, left hook to the body, right hook to the head combination would start the downfall of Rosario. He would go down to the canvas severely hurt. To his credit, he showed heart rising to his feet, only to be hurt and dropped again by a straight left/right hook to the body. By this time not only had Rosario had enough, the referee had seen enough as he waived the fight off in the sixth!
Lubin once again proved why he’s a threat to every fighter at 154. While he did get hurt, he bounced back and finished the fight strong. As for Rosario this is his second consecutive stoppage loss, it’s clear that while he’s tough as nails, he simply can’t take shots to the body.
By: Jerrell Fletcher