Mike Coppinger, confirming earlier reporting from Keith Idec, brings word of a delightful super welterweight battle on the horizon. Former unified champion Jeison Rosario and onetime title challenger Erickson Lubin “have agreed to fight in June on Showtime,” though neither the exact date nor location have been revealed.
The pair sit at #4 and #1, respectively, in the WBC rankings.
The Dominican Republic-born, Miami-based Rosario (20-2-1, 14 KO) authored one of 2020’s biggest upsets by shellacking the red-hot Julian Williams to claim the WBA and IBF titles. Eight months later, he squared off with Jermell Charlo in a three-belt unification match, only to hit the deck three times en route to an eighth-round stoppage loss that snapped a nine-fight unbeaten streak.
“The Hammer” (23-1, 16 KO) is 5-0 since his own unfortunate run-in with Charlo back in 2017. Though he stopped the first three, including never-before-finished Ishe Smith, he’s coming off of consecutive decisions over Nathaniel Gallimore and Terrell Gausha.
There’s a whole lot to like about this matchup between genuine knockout punchers, which will likely serve as a WBC final eliminator. Any early predictions?