The best fight of the weekend arguably belongs to the co-headliner of the Showtime PPV card. What gifted, promising former Title challenger 🇺🇸Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (23-1-0, 16KO👊), and former unified WBA/IBF Super-Welterweight World Titlist 🇩🇴Jeison “Banana” Rosario (20-2-1, 14KO👊) have in common, is that they suffered at the hands of defeat to the current 154 lb. King 🇺🇸Jermell Charlo. Both had different paths towards getting their shot towards division supremacy , and both have vastly different stories surrounding their background, and the manner in which they go about conducting their business.
OVERREACTION, AND THE MATURATION PROCESS FOR MR. ERICKSON LUBIN
Erickson Lubin coming up was touted as the goods, even showing his promise at the age of 🧮20 and 21 as one of the divisions most skilled operators. Some people believe that he took his major opportunity too soon, but we disagree with that assessment, citing that the punch that ended his night was a perfect one by Mr. Charlo, where Lubin didn’t do anything flagrantly wrong outside of leave a miniscule gap that Charlo would probably miss 95 times out of 100 if put to the test.
Following the heart breaking loss, he and his people took the correct route of slowing down his trek in the division to take more mid-level assignments, to not just further cultivate his craft, but also for Lubin to regain his confidence, as a young fighters psyche could hang in the balance off of an outing like the one that crushed the then-21 year old’s dream.
Lubin has come back to the spotlight a superior fighter, with sharper mechanics, a better understanding of the nuances to the sports craft, and a little extra maturity, as the 25 year old has his eyes set on now 📈jumping the top of the contender list to get a second crack at the major prize – a rematch, or a shot at the World Title.
JEISON ROSARIO OVERCOMING HURDLES OF POVERTY…BUT IS STILL HUNGRY
Jeison Rosario came from out the mud, had nothing…and still worked himself to the top, defeating all the odds. Given where he was in his youth being dirt poor, it is certainly a plus to see him get the big assignments now to get the bank that he earned from hard work & perseverance.
Banana (as he is called) was unknown to us when he took his golden opportunity against newly-minted unified world titlist 🇺🇸Julian Williams, and shocked Williams Philly home crowd when he applied an insurmountable amount of pressure to get the stoppage victory, winning the WBA and IBF Super-Welterweight world titles in one fell swoop.
Immediately following was his world title unification bout with 🇺🇸Jermell Charlo. The fight early on was nip and tuck, but Mell eventually got the upper hand before knocking out Rosario with a shotgun jab to the pit of the stomach that appeared to make Rosario start convulsing for what was an admittedly strange scene to witness. Rosario’s performance wasn’t poor, he just lost to the better man.
Him going against Erickson Lubin will perhaps be a better litmus test for the Dominican fighter, who is still a mystery in a few different ways. Who will be the hungrier of the two❓ who will prove to be the better man on June 26th❓ We will ultimately see when this interim WBA bout takes place.