Lubin v Gausha Recap
Following ten rounds of entertaining action, Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (23-1, 16 KO’s) defeated Terrell Gausha (21-2-1, 10 KO’s) by way of unanimous decision. The victory was made all the more sweeter due to being a WBC super welterweight title eliminator.
Now, Lubin is in prime position to get the first crack at the winner of WBC world super welterweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (33-1, 17 KO’s) and WBA and IBF world super welterweight champion Jeison “Banana” Rosario’s (20-1-1, 14 KO’s) September 21 unification bout.
It was Iron Man who placed the single loss on Lubin’s record and ruined his first attempt at a world title. After coming out on top in this significant eliminator, the Hammer is now on a five-fight win-streak.
TWELVE TEDIOUS ROUNDS
For the first several rounds, both Gausha and Lubin opted to begin rather conservatively. Neither fighter took many chances or did anything overtly daring. Instead, they chose to compete at measured pace and work behind steady jabs.
Despite the subdued start, it was the Hammer who enjoyed the greater success. While the Floridian did not land anything overly memorable, he was definitely connecting with more shots and was pressing the tempo. He was also finding a consistent home for his straight left down the pipe.
Sadly for fight fans, the two pugilists would continue to conduct themselves as if round after round was the first period. The sleep-inducing pace continued torturously until the eighth round. That is when the Hammer finally began letting his hands go with more regularity and bad intentions. Nothing of any real note or consequence landed. However, it was good to at least see the output and intensity increase.
In the ninth round Gausha’s offense finally began to thaw out. Then in the tenth round, the Cleveland native managed to wobble Lubin with a overhand right. Seeing his man was seriously affected, Gausha jumped on the Hammer and continued to connect with hard, stunning shots. To his credit, Lubin fought back and never came off his feet despite eating a slew of straight rights to the mouth.
Later, during the twelfth round, Lubin would return the favor and buzz Gausha with a overhand right. As a result, he would shell up for the last portion of the period. When all was said and done, the Hammer won a unanimous decision on three radically different scorecards. Even though the overall bout was mind-numbingly dull, a win is a win. And with this win, Lubin is guaranteed his shot at the winner of Charlo v Rosario.
By: Bakari Simpson