Lubin vs Gallimore Fight Week
This week, super welterweights Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (21-1, 16 KO’s) and Nathaniel Gallimore (21-3-1, 17 KO’s) will collide at Santander Arena located in Reading, Pennsylvania. The two will headline what should be an action-packed card on SHOWTIME boxing.
For Lubin, this was not the match that he wanted next. Originally, the native Floridian was scheduled to face Clevelander Terrell Gausha (21-1-1, 10 KO’s). Following a brief period of exchanges via social media, the two teams were able to pen a sanctioned bout. The fight seemed to be coming at the right time for both men.
THE FIGHT THAT WASN’T
The Hammer had seemingly restored himself to his full fighting form since suffering a paralyzing first round knockout at the hands of former WBC world super welterweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (32-1, 16 KO’s) back in 2018. Since that detrimental setback, in his first title attempt, Lubin has stacked up three solid wins. All of which, by the way, came by way of knockout. Likewise, Gausha is in an upward swing in his career.
Although he was coming off a draw against Austin “No Doubt” Trout (31-5-1, 17 KO’s), the greater bulk of everyone who saw the fight felt as if Gausha was the true victor. Like the Hammer, Gausha was in need of a next tier opponent. Both needed a foe who was visibly dangerous enough, that if defeated, would warrant a title shot. In this regard, Lubin v Gausha was a mutually beneficial solution.
Unfortunately, shortly after the announcement, Gausha injured his hand and was forced to withdraw from the prizefight. In his place, Jamaican Nathaniel Gallimore has answered the call of duty.
GALLIMORE STEPS IN
Gallimore is a tough, sturdy boxer who is definitely not going to lay down for the Hammer. Not unlike Lubin, Gallimore is only one win removed from a pair of loses and in need of a quality win. Last year, in his two step-up fights, Gallimore dropped back-to-back losses to
Patrick Teixeira (30-1, 22 KO’s) and Julian “J-Rock” Williams (27-1-1, 16 KO). Williams has since gone on to become capture the WBO, IBO and IBF world super welterweight belts.
In both defeats, Gallimore showcased his toughness and nifty counter-punching skills. However, he also let is show that he could be outworked. When tangling with Lubin, the crafty Jamaican will have to make sure that he does not allow himself to get caught watching more than he is throwing. At the same time, the Hammer cannot get so overzealous that he gets caught when supplying his own offense. This was the disastrous error that prematurely ended his bout with Charlo.
Given the placement of each fighter’s career and the importance of this win, it’s hard to foresee a prizefight that is not quickly paced and intense.
3kingsboxing will continue to cover this significant bout in the two fighters career.
By: Bakari Simpson