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It’s a busy slate of action this weekend overall, but here’s a few more to keep an eye on…

Erickson Lubin vs Nathaniel Gallimore
Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania
TV: Showtime 9pm ET/6pm PT

Erickson Lubin (21-1-0, 16KO) continues his climb back into the super welterweight title picture Saturday when he squares off with Nathaniel Gallimore (21-3-1, 17KO) in a 12 round main event from the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Ranked #2 by the WBC and #5 by the WBA, this marks the fourth fight for “The Hammer” since he suffered a brutal first round knockout loss to Jermell Charlo in 2017, and his third fight of 2019. Lubin was the hot prospect before the Charlo loss and although he has been forced to go through a rebuild, fans recognize the talent he possesses and want to see him back in contention.

This year he has defeated 40 year old ring vet Ishe Smith by third round stoppage in February, and Zakaria Attou of France in June in a 4th round TKO. As for Gallimore, the 31 year old native of Kingston, Jamaica, is 1-2 in his last three bouts including back to back losses in 2018 to Julian Williams and Patrick Teixiera. More than likely this is just one more step to another big opportunity for Lubin in 2020.

Robert Easter Jr vs Adrian Granados
Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania
TV: Showtime 9pm ET/6pm PT

On the Lubin-Gallimore undercard is a matchup between former IBF Lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (21-1-1, 14KO) and junior welterweight journeyman challenger Adrian Granados (20-7-2, 14KO) who will face off in a 10 round junior welterweight bout.

At this point both men are fighting just to hold on to some form of relevancy in the current boxing landscape. Easter, 28, is coming off of a dismal showing against Rances Barthelemy in April that ended in a justified draw as he landed just 54 punches over 12 rounds with Barthelemy right in step with an anemic 52. Granados was dropped three times and put away in the 7th round by Danny Garcia in his previous bout back in April.

Easter should have the advantage in this one in theory, but he has never seemed to use his length to his full advantage and a fighter like Granados will be looking to work his way inside to make an impact. A year ago this would have been a near 50/50 fight but Granados may be on his last leg at this point, and could only have a couple of rounds of his toughness left in him before Easter starts pulling away for a mid-late round stoppage.

Josh Greer Jr vs Antonio Nieves
Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada
TV: ESPN+, 10pm ET/7pm PT

Chicago bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. (21-1-1, 12KO) will once again highlight the undercard for Shakur Stevenson Saturday night in Reno. He will need to put on a performance that will erase the result of his last fight from the memory of boxing fans. He will take on Antonio Nieves (19-2-2, 11KO) in a 10 round bantamweight contest.

Greer was a central figure of the ESPN broadcast back in July on Stevenson’s homecoming headliner in Newark. However, Greer came face to face with massive pushback from Russia’s Nikolai Potapov who most felt had done more than enough to win the fight. In the end Greer was awarded the majority decision on the judges scorecards to the dismay of both the viewers and crowd in attendance.

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