By Jake Donovan
Kevin Cunningham will get two for the price of one in the next step for his top two clients.
BoxingScene.com has been informed of a planned doubleheader featuring former four-division titlist Adrien Broner and resurgent super welterweight contender Erickson Lubin slated to take place sometime in October.
Both boxers are trained by Cunningham, who has taken to social media to confirm the rumors of a twinbill. Broner is slated to face Ivan Redkach, while Lubin is locked in for a crossroads bout with Dennis Hogan in a bout that could serve as a title eliminator.
“It’s time to get back to business,” stated Cunningham on social media, but declined comment to BoxingScene.com regarding any details involving the next fight for either of his clients.
Cunningham took over the reins for Broner (33-4-1, 24KOs) last spring, prior to his eventual 12-round draw with former two-division titlist Jessie Vargas last April in Brooklyn, N.Y. The tandem are still in search of their first win together, as Broner’s lone fight since then came in a lopsided loss to legendary Manny Pacquiao this past January in Las Vegas.
Broner’s own winless streak stretches back even deeper than their current relationship. The brash 30-year old from Cincinnati, Ohio last had his hand raised in victory in a tightly contested 10-round nod over Adrian Granados more than two years in his hometown. Since then has come a July 2017 points loss to Mikey Garcia along with the aforementioned draw with Vargas and defeat to Pacquiao.
Interestingly, his next bout comes versus an opponent whose return to the limelight came at the expense of a boxer who’d spent most of his boxing life under Cunningham’s guide.
Redkach (23-4-1, 18KOs)—from Los Angeles, Calif. by way of Ukraine comes in carrying a three-fight win streak, none bigger than a 6th round knockout of Devon Alexander this past June. The 33-year old southpaw rallied back from an early deficit to score three knockdowns in eventually putting away Alexander, who was without the services of Cunningham for the first time as a pro or amateur as he worked with Roy Jones Jr. for the fight.
Manning the corner of Redkach was another future Hall of Fame boxer in “Sugar” Shane Mosley, with the two meshing well together.
Despite the current win streak, Redkach and Broner are in the same predicament as a loss could prove far more damaging at this stage of their respective careers.
Lubin (21-1, 16KOs) is nowhere near that point yet, but still in need of at least one more notable conquest amidst his own current three-fight win streak. The 23-year old southpaw from Orlando, Fla. suffered his lone career defeat in a stunning 1st round knockout at the hands of then unbeaten 154-pound titlist Jermell Charlo in Oct. 2017.
Three straight stoppages have followed, including an impressive three-round drubbing of iron-chinned veteran Ishe Smith this past February. The bout was the first for Lubin with Cunningham in his corner, the trainer joining Lubin’s lifelong boxing coach Jason Galarza.
Lubin is coming off of a 4th round stoppage of Zakaria Attou this past June. The bout aired live on Showtime which figures to carry this discussed event, although network brass have not responded to inquiries seeking comment or confirmation.
The hope in Lubin’s camp is for a title fight to emerge by his first bout of 2020. A showdown with Dennis Hogan—a 34-year old Irish contender based out of Australia—would help bridge that gap, as both are ranked within the top 6 of the World Boxing Council (WBC) ratings at super middleweight.
Hogan (28-2-1, 7KOs) hoped for his next fight to be a second straight crack at unbeaten super welterweight titlist Jaime Munguia. The two collided in April, with Hogan traveling to Munguia’s native Mexico for the bout and with many believing he did enough to deserve the fight and the title at stake.
Instead, it was the 22-year old Munguia whom prevailed by majority decision which was met with an immediate protest filed by Hogan’s camp both on the basis of wrongdoing on the scorecards and improper communication between the local commission and Munguia’s team. The claims were investigated but ultimately dismissed, with Hogan now setting his sights on another divisional young gun in Lubin.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox