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Erickson Lubin Overcomes Scare, Boxes Past Terrell Gausha


Erickson Lubin didn’t exactly excite viewers for much of his fight with Terrell Gausha on Saturday night, but the junior middleweight contender did what was necessary to secure his second title shot.

Lubin beat Gausha by unanimous decision in their largely uneventful, 12-round, 154-pound elimination match and became the WBC’s mandatory challenger again. Judges Don Ackerman (115-113), John McKaie (116-112) and Tom Schreck (118-110) each scored their forgettable fight for Lubin in the main event of Showtime’s tripleheader from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Gausha stunned Lubin with a right hand in the final minute of the 10th round, but Lubin regained his composure.

The 24-year-old Lubin improved to 23-1 and extended his winning streak to five fights. The 33-year-old Gausha, a 2012 Olympian from Cleveland, lost for the second time as a pro (21-2-1, 10 KOs).

“I’ll give myself like a B-minus,” Lubin told Showtime’s Brian Custer. “I think a little bit of the [10-month] layoff had something to do with it. But Gausha’s a tough competitor. He’s at the top of this weight class for a reason. And, you know, I just wanna stay active. And I definitely want my title shot.”

Lubin landed 36 more punches overall than Gausha, according to CompuBox’s unofficial count (143-of-570 to 107-of-480). CompuBox credited Lubin for landing more power punches (99-of-210 to 85-of-244) and jabs (44-of-360 to 22-of-236).

By beating Gausha, Lubin became the WBC’s mandatory challenger for its 154-pound title for the second time in his career. The winner of the upcoming Jermell Charlo-Jeison Rosario title unification fight will be obligated to battle Lubin, who wants to avenge his one-punch, first-round knockout defeat to Charlo in October 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Lubin was the mandatory challenger for Charlo’s WBC belt entering that bout.


The southpaw from Orlando, Florida, joined Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara as the only opponents to defeat Gausha. Lara knocked down Gausha in the fourth round and beat him by unanimous decision in their 12-round fight for Lara’s WBA and IBO titles on the same card when Lubin lost to Charlo.

The action intensified in the eighth round Saturday night, but Lubin acknowledged the tactical nature of the first seven rounds.

“It was a chess match,” Lubin said of his victory over Gausha. “Because, you know, he respected what I had, and I knew to stay smart. I respected what he had. You know, he was trying to counter a few things that I seen when I’d faint at him. And, you know, I just knew to be cautious. My trainer [Kevin Cunningham] was telling me to be cautious, don’t get hit with nothing stupid. And, you know, that’s why it was slow in the beginning.”

Lubin and Gausha were supposed to square off last October 26, but a hand injury caused Gausha to pull out of that bout. Lubin instead defeated Nathaniel Gallimore (21-5-1, 17 KOs) by unanimous decision in a 10-round main event at Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania.

In the 12th round Saturday night, Lubin connected with a straight left, but Gausha quickly came back to land a straight right just after the midway mark. Lubin drilled Gausha with a right hook that turned Gausha’s head with 43 seconds to go in the fight.

Lubin threw a left-right combination to Gausha’s body just after the halfway point of the 11th round.

The 10th round unfolded like most of the first nine rounds, until Gausha hurt Lubin with a right hand he landed out of a clinch. That shot made Lubin lose his footing with 56 seconds to go in the 10th round.

Gausha tried to capitalize on buzzing Lubin, but Lubin held and recovered.

After finally picking up the pace during the eighth round, Lubin and Gausha were active again in the ninth round.

Gausha’s right hand backed up Lubin about 55 seconds into the ninth round. Lubin snuck a right hook around Gausha’s guard at the midway point of the ninth

Barely 10 seconds into the eighth round, Lubin landed a straight left hand. About 20 seconds later, Lubin connected with another straight left that backed Gausha into the ropes.

Lubin let his hands go later at about the midway point of the eighth round, which made Gausha cover up.

The seventh round mirrored most of the previous periods, as neither fighter seemed willing to take risks

Gausha missed wildly with a right hand with about 45 seconds to go in the sixth round. Lubin landed a straight left hand a few seconds later.

Lubin and Gausha were tactical again in the fifth round. When they did let their hands go, they mostly missed with their jabs and power punches.

Gausha landed a straight right hand with just under 1:10 to go in the fourth round. Lubin landed a hard jab with about 15 seconds remaining in the fourth.

Gausha remained tentative throughout the third round, but he didn’t take many flush shots in those three minutes, either.

Following an uneventful first round, Lubin began landing his straight left hand regularly during the second round. Gausha mostly backed up and didn’t throw many punches during the second round.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Punch on Tap on 09-20-2020

[QUOTE=NC Uppercut;20770185]HondaMonkey, this is very true. Coming from a fellow Red Team 1000RR-R man[/QUOTE] Appreciate ya big guy

Comment by NC Uppercut on 09-20-2020

[QUOTE=hondamonkey;20770110]I think Cunningham would be great for him if he was his coach before the devastating loss. The problem is that Lubin brought him in after and that’s what their training style is built off of. It’s built off the…

Comment by MasterPlan on 09-20-2020

[QUOTE=hondamonkey;20770100]Agreed. Getting in there with a guy like Harrison will be a great litmus test. Maybe even a J. Hurd who will bring his new fighting style will be good to see.[/QUOTE] He's not ready for former champs who just…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 09-20-2020

[QUOTE=Dean_Razorback;20769986]i know teixeira shouldn't be overlooked, but imo i think that fight will look a lot like castaño-vitu, if you haven't seen that one, watch it to have an idea of what to expect.[/QUOTE]I have seen it, and I agree!

Comment by Punch on Tap on 09-20-2020

[QUOTE=NC Uppercut;20770095]Man I was expecting a much different Lubin than we saw. I know Terrell is a good defensive counter puncher but I was thinking that Lubin would go on and over power him. I'm not 100% sold as Kevin…

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