Junior middleweight contender Erickson Lubin, who went 3-0 with wins over Ishe Smith, Zakaria Attou, and Nathaniel Gallimore in 2019, could be back in the ring in April on Showtime, and it’s possible there will be an interim world title up for grabs.
Lubin, 24, is still probably best known for stepping up to fight Jermell Charlo for the WBC 154-pound belt back in 2017, which saw the prospect get knocked out in the first round. But he’s rebounded nicely, showing that he wasn’t obsessed with his “0” and that he didn’t take the loss hard enough to derail a promising career.
His four wins since the defeat haven’t exactly been over top competition, but he’s shown some improvements in the ring, and the 10-round decision win over Gallimore in October of last year showed a maturity and patience that has to come to a fighter as they step up in competition.
Lubin (22-1, 16 KO) remains an intriguing fighter in a division that has proven crazy hard to predict over the last year and change, with various upsets and a lot of talented fighters, but none dominant. It’s also nice to see Showtime’s 2020 schedule clearly eclipsing what the network put out in 2019, at least in terms of activity. We’re getting a good deal more bang for our buck from that subscription so far this year.