Erickson Lubin Still Hungry for the Rematch with Jermell Charlo
Far too often in modern boxing there is too heavy an emphasis placed on a fighter maintaining an undefeated record. Of course you don’t want to see a resume covered with more L’s than a junkyard dog has fleas! Yet, one or two or even potentially three loses does not make a terrible fighter. This is especially so when that boxer is regularly, if not exclusively, facing the most dangerous opposition available. The recently retired Shawn “Showtime” Porter is an excellent embodiment of this notion. Perhaps this can also be the case for the rejuvenated super welterweight pugilist Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (24-1, 17 KO’s).
Just a hair over four years ago, Lubin suffered a catastrophic first round knockout loss at the hands of WBC, WBA super and IBF super welterweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KO’s). One short, chilling right uppercut from Charlo short circuited Lubin’s brain like a drunk Jedi with a grudge. The game Floridian crumpled to the canvas and attempted mightily to rise, but his malfunctioning body simply couldn’t heed the call.
It’s been four years, four knockouts and six straight wins since that harsh October 14, 2017 lesson. In just his last three prizefights, the Hammer has collected the scalps of Nathaniel Gallimore, Terrell Guasha and Jeison Rosario. The two former names lost by unanimous decision, whereas Lubin literally deflated and stopped Rosario in six. As reward for this labor, Lubin earned the standings of #6 (WBO) and #1 (WBC). Meaning, he is directly below the only professional to ever best him in the ring and the fighter he would most like to face.
HOW THE CARDS MAY FALL
Naturally the Hammer has called for the rematch well before now. And realistically speaking, Lubin knows full well that he is not going to be dancing with Jermell Charlo any time soon. This is because Iron Man has already agreed to rematch WBO super welterweight champion Brain “El Boxi” Castano to determine the undisputed champion of the division. Who can be mad at that?
So if all plays out in his favor, the Hammer could not only get a rematch with Charlo but also a shot at undisputed. In the meantime however, Lubin did make a point of highlighting his desire to run it back one more time.
“Danny [Garcia] is a great fighter, [Jermell] Charlo is a great fighter. All these fights at 154 are going to be great man, they are going to make for big fights. I want a rematch with Charlo after he get Castano, if he gets Castano.”
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By: Bakari Simpson