Former ESPN “Prospect of the Year” Erickson Lubin was back with a bang last weekend when he stopped Silverio Ortiz inside five rounds in Don Haskins Convention center in El Paso, Texas which was a morale boost for Lubin as he had suffered a concussing knockout loss against reigning IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Jermell Charlo when he was knocked out brutally in 1st round last October at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fight was considered a 50-50 matchup by many but a dominant knockout victory by Charlo sent shockwaves throughout the Barclays Center as Erickson Lubin was a very decorated Amateur having won Golden Gloves at welterweight back in 2013 and was also a top seed contender for US Olympic team in 2016 but he turned pro instead.
After the crushing defeat, many thought it was a step up too soon for Lubin but he’s back in the mix now and is eyeing a world title shot again and wants to get another crack at Charlo to avenge his knockout loss.
In an interview with Premier Boxing Champions Erickson Lubin said,”When I was on the floor, trying to get up, I wasn’t conscious, but I wasn’t feeling any pain. It was just a flash shot. To watch [replays of] that was disturbing.”
“The referee saw me fighting hard, and he discontinued the fight because he saw me struggling…fighting to get up. As he was walking me to my corner, I was like, ‘Oh my God, [expletive].’ I asked my coach, ‘What round was that?’ He was like, ‘Round 1’…That was heartbreaking to know that it was over.”
“I’m back and ready to regain that respect from my doubters and naysayers and to show I’m still one of the best fighters at 154 pounds. I’m definitely trying to make a statement. It’s definitely ‘Hammer Time’ once again,” Lubin said.
“Trout’s back fighting for a title right after his loss to Jarrett Hurd, and I could maybe see something like that happening for me since I definitely want a rematch with Charlo. Or after this fight, maybe I’ll be in with another contender or I’d like a fight to become a mandatory challenger to one of the titles,” Lubin said.
“However it goes, I’m ready to go to war with any of the other talented fighters within the division. People might be doubting me, thinking I shouldn’t take a rematch with Charlo or that another title fight is too soon for me, but I’m young, I have a long career ahead of me, I’m ready to work my way back in, and I do not plan on losing ever again.”
Erickson Lubin is a very Talented Boxer and in his short career he has not fought anyone with a losing record so far and that says a lot about him, it will be interesting to see what route he takes next.