By Keith Idec
BoxingScene.com has learned that the Jermell Charlo-Erickson Lubin super welterweight title fight likely will be scheduled for September 30.
Charlo’s second defense of the WBC 154-pound championship against the unbeaten Lubin, his mandatory challenger, is expected to be packaged for television with another 154-pound title bout between IBF champion Jarrett Hurd and Austin Trout. A site for those fights hasn’t been determined, but both bouts probably will be televised by Showtime as part of at least a doubleheader, perhaps a tripleheader.
The hard-hitting Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs) is an emerging star, but the 21-year-old Orlando, Florida native will face the toughest test of his three-year pro career against Charlo. Houston’s Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs) annihilated Dallas’ Charles Hatley (26-2-1, 18 KOs) on his way to a spectacular sixth-round knockout April 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The previous month at Barclays Center, Lubin stopped Mexico’s Jorge Cota in the fourth round on the Keith Thurman-Danny Garcia undercard. Lubin dropped Cota (25-2, 22 KOs) with an overhand left in the fourth March 4. Cota got up, but was unfit to continue and their scheduled 12-round fight ended.
Hurd, meanwhile, will make the first defense of the IBF junior middleweight title he won February 25 by stopping Detroit’s Tony Harrison (24-2, 20 KOs) in the ninth round at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
The 26-year-old Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs) won a then-vacant title that Jermall Charlo, Jermell’s twin, gave up after deciding to move up to 160 pounds. The Accokeek, Maryland, native has won six straight bouts by knockout.
Trout, 31, will end a 16-month layoff when he steps into the ring against Hurd. The former WBA super welterweight champion hasn’t boxed since then-IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) beat him by unanimous decision in their 12-round title fight in May 2016 in Las Vegas.
Trout (30-3, 17 KOs), a southpaw from Las Cruces, New Mexico, will have fought just once in two years by the time he challenges Hurd.
The IBF granted Hurd an exception last month to make an optional defense against Trout, who’s ranked No. 11 in its 154-pound ratings. The winner of the Hurd-Trout fight must face France’s Cedric Vitu (46-2, 19 KOs), the IBF’s mandatory challenger, by December 29 or he’ll be stripped of the title.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.