For what was elite Super-Welterweight contender 🇺🇸Erickson Lubin’s (22-1-0, 16KO👊) first fight as a headliner, he did well in picking apart solid replacement 🇯🇲Nathaniel Gallimore (24-4-1, 17KO👊), who filled in after original opponent 🇺🇸Terrell Gausha suffered a hand injury, that forced him to be pulled from his 12 round encounter with Lubin, which was downgraded to a 10 rounder for the Gallimore contest.
Fought at 🏟️Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania, the fight started slow and tactical, the much desired pace for Lubin as he was in full command throughout the night. It was clear that Lubin’s hand-speed and counter punching ability was too much for the Jamaican-born Gallimore to handle, and it drove home the difference between the two fighters the more ⏳time had progressed in the fight. Gallimore’s game-plan looked to be for him to stay on the outside to use his height advantage, but he constantly ended up being too close inside his range when firing it which made it easy for Lubin to counter, and Gallimore intended to get his left hook to find home on the southpaw, yet he never took the outside position with his left foot, nullifying his own opportunities to fire away. Lubin’s head never moves defensively, but Gallimore failed to do the right type of work to make him pay for it, and he was at the mercy of what Lubin wanted to do all night…though Gallimore can’t be faulted for lack of trying as he worked hard to try to find something that he could use effectively, but to no avail. Lubin won via wide Unanimous Decision, winning all by 1 of the rounds on all 3 Judges scorecards, and was his 4th fight overall that he had won.
Fighters should not be remembered for just one bad moment in a career, as Lubin had been tagged with when 🇺🇸Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo landed the perfect one punch shot against him in 2017 that crippled Lubin in the first round, for what was his only loss to date, that came in his biggest fight. Erickson has rebounded well and once again showcased that he’s a dangerous contender for the Titlists atop the division, and appears to be growing, both in the skill department, and mentally as the young 24 year old is on the hunt to becoming one of the youngest Champions in boxing in today’s current climate.