Lubin and Charlo Trade Words
Two years ago, on October 14 2017, Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (22-1, 16 KO’s) challenged Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (32-1, 16 KO’s) for his WBC super welterweight title. It was Lubin’s first attempt at a title. Regrettably for Team Lubin, the Hammer would suffer a crushing first round knockout defeat. Making matters worse, the picture perfect uppercut that paralyzed him center ring was prime viral fodder.
TRUE TO THE MISSION
There have been countless boxers who have never completely rebounded or returned to form after a severe point’s loss, let alone a devastating knockout. If anything, Lubin should receive loads of credit for getting back on the horse and continuing to chase his dreams of becoming a world champion. Since the detrimental setback, the Hammer has racked up four straight victories. Three of those four have come by way of stoppage.
With these two years of success in the bank, clearly Lubin has his mind focused on a world title. Beyond being a world titlist though, the Hammer also wants to be a legend in the sport. To do this, the hard-hitting Floridian understands that he must go back and rectify his defeat to Charlo.
BEEF IS ALIVE AND WELL
When Lubin presented this sentiment for public consumption via his Twitter account, he received a quick response from Charlo himself. Obviously, Iron Man didn’t take too kindly to Lubin bringing his name up without attaching a link to the loose comment. Charlo then assured Lubin that he would only repeat the previous results if they were ever to cross paths in the ring again.
If the two were to stage a fight now, it would only be a grudge match. On December 22, 2018, Charlo lost his WBC strap to Tony “Super Bad” Harrison (28-2, 21 KO’s) by way of unanimous decision loss. The two were scheduled to compete in an immediate rematch on June 23. That was until Harrison pulled out citing an injury acquired in training camp as the culprit. The rematch has yet to be rescheduled.
Whether for a belt or not, it would still be interesting to see how Charlo v Lubin plays out. Was Lubin simply caught cold in that first encounter and has he improved substantially since that night in the Barclay’s? Or could it be that Charlo just has his number and will do him dirty every time? The only way to find out is if they do it again, and personally I sure hope that happens!
3kingsboxing will continue to cover the latest and greatest developments in the career of both fighters.
By: Bakari Simpson