Fall and Rise of Erickson ‘Hammer’ Lubin
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
21-1 super welterweight southpaw Erickson Lubin of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has one loss to his name, a first-round TKO loss to Jermell Charlo in a World Boxing Council World Super Welterweight title bout in October 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
At age 23, too what extent can Erickson Lubin recover from such a loss?
Lubin has three comeback wins so far: a fourth-round TKO of 37-21 Silverio Ortiz in Apirl 2018; a third-round stoppage of 29-10 Ishe Smith in February 2019; and a fourth-round stoppage of 29-6-1 Zakaria Attou in June 2019 in a WBC title eliminator.
In the 154 pounds division, 33-0 WBO champion Jaime Munguia, 27-1-1 IBF WBA Super and IBO champion Julian Williams; 16-0 WBA champion Brian Carlos Castano; ex-champion Erislandy Lara; ex-champion Kell Brook; NABF champion Carlos Adames; WBC champion Tony Harrison (who must rematch Jermell Charlo after beating him); and WBC Silver champion Liam Smith, are all among those who Lubin could face next in the high-level contender mix.
Lubin’s balance and movement have improved under trainer Kevin Cunningham. Against Charlo, Lubin got caught standing in front flat footed and providing an easy target. Improved body punch work has worked well for Lubin, who is still susceptible to counter rights and pinpoint combination punchers who are busier boxers. Lubin has to be able to cut off the ring, and use the left hand and right hook effectively. Lubin was able to land many power punches in his last bout against Attou, whom he dropped and stopped, an important weapon in the arsenal of a boxer who breaks his opponents down quickly.
When Lubin cuts off the ring, he is able to trap his opponents in corners. Lubin’s issue, as Charlo demonstrated, occurs when opponents who are superior boxers stay in the pocket with him in the center ring, and cannot be shaken. Charlo has superior hand speed, and counter-punching ability, and can power punch into openings with lethal effect. In 22 bouts going back to 2013, all of Lubin’s opponents have had winning records. The major issue for Lubin is the quality of opponent. Lubin must demonstrate better head and foot movement to succeed in a world title bout. World class opposition have speed and timing Lubin must be able to match in an extended war. If Lubin stands in front again, he will be doomed.