Cunningham: Lubin and Me Are a Dangerous Combination!

By Ryan Burton

World class trainer Kevin Cunningham has been in the sport of boxing for a long time and has had a lot of success.

He is most well known for his work with Cory Spinks and Devon Alexander, having led them to both world titles in multiple weight classes.

Cunningham has most recently added former super welterweight title challenger Erickson Lubin to his stable and they have been training in South Florida at his Camp Cunningham complex. On February 9th Lubin will face former champion Ishe Smith in a bout televised by Showtime from Carson, California.

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Erickson recently told that Cunningham's success with Spinks and Alexander, who are both left handed like himself, was one of the big reasons why he wanted to work with the long time St. Louis resident.

"I have won 9 world titles with southpaws so I do know a little something with working with southpaws and I think it was a perfect fit. Lubin is a talented young fighter. He has boatloads of talent. He has power in both hands. I think he just needed the right somebody to take him to the next level," Cunningham told

"I think we are a really good fit not just from a boxing experience but from my experience, he is young and impressionable and I am not just teaching him how to take his boxing career to next level but in his life and I think that is working well and we are gelling really well. I think we are going to be a dangerous combination."

According to Cunningham, he hasn't had to make any major changes to Lubin's style but said that he is fine tuning him and that we will see Lubin's best performance to date on February 9th.

"He is still young enough where I can really fine tune some things. I am not really making major changes or adjustments. There are a few subtle things that can make a huge difference in his career. He is learning a lot everyday and I think it is going to show. I think the difference in the improvements will really show and I think the fact that he is facing a guy in Ishe Smith, who is a former champion, who has been in with all the names so Lubin has to be on point and top of his game to beat a guy like Ishe," Cunningham stated.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by tatot on 01-12-2019

Ishe Smith by late tko lol!

Comment by crisantonio917 on 01-12-2019

Dangerous is right, Cunninham's breath and Lubins chin, very dangerous...

Comment by AdonisCreed on 01-12-2019

I'd like to see the guy become a champion. But he just have to tighten up on defense a little better and stop walking into punches and what not!

Comment by SHO_RULEZ on 01-12-2019

His boasts about the Ishe fight are a bit premature. No one knows if he has truly bounced back, mentally, from the KO loss to Charlo-even HE doesnt know. Lubin should have kept this humble, and just prepare for the…

Comment by Andre_parker1 on 01-12-2019

lubin can definitely still win a world title though he would be more defensively responsible as his chin could quite disparage him from being overly aggressive,when he gets his titleshot hurd would have moved up,charlo seems content at 154..a rematch…

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