The expected fight between super welterweight contenders Dennis Hogan and Erickson Lubin has reportedly fissioned into two separate matchups. According to Mike Coppinger, PBC is “in the process of finalizing” a title bout between Hogan and WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, while Lubin is on a collision course with former Olympian Terrell Gausha.
The Ireland-born, Australia-based Hogan (28-2-1, 7 KO) entered the public eye earlier this year when he ostensibly earned a massive upset of Jaime Munguia, only to lose a questionable majority decision. Munguia forewent a rematch in favor of fighting Patrick Allotey on September 14th, prompting Hogan to return to middleweight for the first time since 2014.
Even with the weight difference, Hogan’s a pretty par-for-the-course opponent in Charlo’s (29-0, 21 KO) reign. The latter was last seen dominating Brandon Adams in his first fight since an unexpectedly tough defense against Matt Korobov in December.
Lubin (21-1, 16 KO) vs. Gausha (21-1-1, 10 KO) makes a lot of sense. Both came up short in their sole title shots, Lubin suffering a knockout loss to Jermell Charlo and Gausha dropping a decision to Erislandy Lara, but have done well for themselves on the comeback trail. Lubin’s knocked out three consecutive opponents, becoming the only man to ever stop Ishe Smith in the process, while Gausha was robbed of a career-best win against Austin Trout in May. Whoever wins should end up near the top of the WBC super welterweight rankings.