In the main event of tonight’s fight night, super welterweights Terrell Gausha vs Erickson Lubin squared off in a 12-round WBC junior title eliminator bout. The fight went the whole distance with Erickson Lubin coming out on top.
The bout more was more of a technical battle rather than a slugfest with both fighters taking their time to settle in. It wasn’t until the tenth round that the fight picked up a little pace.
In the tenth round, Gausha hit Lubin with an overhand right that visibly hurt him. Gausha then went looking for the finish, hitting Lubin with a left hook and two right hands. But Lubin hung in there and was saved by the bell.
The action continued towards the eleventh and twelfth rounds. Lubin’s biggest moment of the fight came when he caught Gausha with a lead counter right hook towards the end of the round. This had visibly hurt Gausha and made back up against the ropes.
Although Lubin wasn’t able to finish the fight off, he had done enough to convince the judges to give him a unanimous decision victory.
Erickson Lubin (23-1, 16 KOs) will look to challenge the winner of the title unification bout between Jermell Charlo and Jeison Rosario. If Jermell were to win the fight, Lubin would get a chance to avenge the only defeat of his career. The last meeting between the two did not go Lubin’s way, as he was knocked out by Charlo in the very first round of the fight. He has won five in a row since then.
In the post-fight interview, Lubin said, “I give myself like a B-minus. I think the layoff had something to do with it, but Gausha is a top competitor. He is at the top of his weight class for a reason, but I just want to stay active and wait for my title shot.”
Talking about the bout between Charlo and Rosario and his rematch with the former Lubin said, “I think Charlo is going to come out on top in that. [It will be] Lubin versus Charlo II.
“That’s if he takes care of business like I did tonight. I changed up a lot of things and I have a master trainer [Kevin Cunningham] in my corner. I feel like I’m just an all-around better fighter than the last time we fought.”
Well, with a victory over a solid opponent tonight, Lubin sure proved he deserves a shot at the title. And if Charlo wins his next bout, Lubin is likely to get his shot at redemption.