Super welterweight contender Erickson Lubin, who was tentatively slated to return to action last month, sat down with PBC’s Ray Flores yesterday to discuss his training and some ideal opponents once boxing resumes.
Among his most wanted: Jermell Charlo, who handed the then-21-year-old “Hammer” the only loss of his career by brutal knockout. Lubin (22-1, 16 KO), now 24, calls the defeat a “character-defining type of loss” and claims that Charlo is “buying time” to avoid a rematch.
“He sees what’s going on,” Lubin said. “I know he sees what’s going on. He sees that I’m with Kevin Cunningham. He sees what I’m doing to these fighters that most of the division is having trouble with.
“He’s trying to buy time, or he’s trying to find a different route, or end up moving up, or something. I’m not ducking no smoke.”
Lubin is currently Charlo’s #1 contender. That said, it may be a while before the WBC orders the rematch, as Charlo only recently reclaimed the belt from Tony Harrison. Lubin is 4-0 since that first meeting, notably stopping Ishe Smith in February of last year.
Speaking of Harrison, Lubin chastises him for his “disrespectful” comments and claims that a fight between them would be “easy to make” since they’re both under the PBC banner. He gives Harrison 24 hours to respond to his callout, though I think that deadline’s passed by this point.
He also says Jeison Rosario is someone he would “love to face,” as is Julian Williams. He claims he’d like to “shut up” Terrell Gausha, who was slated to face Lubin last October but ended up replaced by Nathaniel Gallimore.
You can hear more in the link near the top.