Erickson Lubin has been pushed as one of the top prospects in the sport, and he keeps living up to it as he makes a gradual climb up the ladder at 154 pounds.
On Saturday night in Brooklyn, he added a Roy Jones/Pernell Whitaker-esque highlight reel knockout to his sheet, squatting nearly all the way to the canvas before moments later landing a single lead left hand that put Jorge Cota on the canvas. Though Cota got up, the referee waved off the fight, and rightly so.
Here’s a look at how he did it:
The 21-year-old Lubin, now 18-0 (13 KO), is now in line for a shot at the WBC junior middleweight title, currently held by Jermell Charlo, who has a mandatory title defense against Charles Hatley coming soon. (It was set for March 11, but that card has been postponed.)
Cota, who did his best to make it an awkward outing for Lubin, falls to 25-2 (22 KO).
Do you think Lubin is ready for a shot at the Charlo-Hatley winner, or should he and his team take it slow and get some more fights in before taking that final step?