Erickson Lubin impressed media this week with his easy affability, his calm chill, his looseness.
He wasn’t cocky or affixed with a stern game face. He encouraged interaction but yes, always made it clear he sees himself as the favorite tonight, at Barclays Center, against Texas vet Jermell Charlo, in one of three high stakes junior middleweight clashes.
Lubin was in Brooklyn before, downing Jorge Cota in March, on the Keith Thurman-Danny Garcia undercard. He is aiming to make a similar impact tonight, when the stakes are even higher. Charlo, at 29-0, holds the WBC strap. He won it when it was vacant, beating John Jackson, and downed Charles Hatley in his first defense. We are most all thinking Lubin is a full step up in class from those guys…
“I’m ready, I’m hungry, I’m motivated..I want the fight to come already,” Lubin (in pic, posing, next to barking Charlo) told me the other day at the famed and fabled Gleason’s Gym.
He said people close to him know how good he is, so they didn’t try to steer him away from a fight against a more seasoned guy. Yes, critics, he’s heard them say take your time.
He’s 18-0, just 22, and bless his POV. It’s fascinating to see a young gun not wanting to take it slow. He said camp was great, in NJ, and his prediction? “Erickson Lubin with the win,” he said. “Always fireworks, I always try to give the fans what they want, and it’s fireworks. We’re both young and hungry and undefeated and someone’s O gotta go and it won’t be mine!”
Showtime will televise the clash.