By Ryan Burton

Erickson Lubin (19-1) hopes to get a second crack at a world title shot.

A victory over Ishe Smith (29-10) on February 9th will get him one step closer to his goal. The fight will be televised by Showtime on the Gervonta Davis-Abner Mares undercard.

Lubin suffered his only career defeat in 2017 when then WBC super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo caught him cold in the first round. He bounced back from that loss in April with a stoppage victory over Silverio Ortiz in a tune up fight.

"I got the win but we definitely want the bigger fights. Ishe Smith is a great name. He is real tough. He has never been stopped. I definitely want to be the first person to actually stop him or knock him out," said Lubin.

Smith has lost back to back fights to Tony Harrison and Julian Williams but was very competitive in both losses.  Lubin hopes to beat him more convincingly but insists he won't try to force a knockout.

"I am definitely not going to go in there trying to stop him. I am going to do what I do and execute the game plan. I know Ishe Smith has fought multiple names but he has never fought an Erickson Lubin. He has fought guys like Danny Jacobs, Julian Williams and Tony Harrison but I am none of those guys. I am my own person. I am Erickson Lubin, The Hammer, and I come with it. I come with different explosiveness and I am ready to show not just the world something but I am also ready to show Ishe Smith what time it is," Lubin told BoxingScene.com.

In an article by BoxingScene.com's Lem Satterfield, Smith recently said that Lubin's trainer Kevin Cunningham, "can't fight for him" and that there is nothing that the Florida native brings to the table that the 40-year-old Smith hasn't seen.

Erickson took those comments in stride and said that Smith is in for a surprise on fight night.

"Obviously we know Kevin can't fight for me. He just comes up with the game plan and I execute the game plan. We both know that we are both going to come in shape but then it gets deeper than that. It is more like, who wants it more? Who has more skill. Who has more heart? I feel like I want it more and I am more skillfully sound than him. I am beating this dude for sure. I am going to show him something new," Lubin told BoxingScene.com.

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