By Keith Idec
NEW YORK – This is too much, too soon.
That’s what Erickson Lubin keeps hearing and reading about his upcoming title shot against Jermell Charlo. The defending WBC super welterweight champion even questioned Wednesday what the 21-year-old Lubin has accomplished since he turned pro in November 2013 to justify becoming the mandatory challenger for his 154-pound title.
An unfazed Lubin promised following a press conference Wednesday that he is plenty ready to take Charlo’s title when they fight October 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“He’s a fool if he thinks I’m not ready for this type of fight,” Lubin told BoxingScene.com. “I’m better than anyone he has ever faced and I’m gonna show that October 14th. I’m gonna go out there and I’m gonna expose him. I’m gonna expose him. I see a lot of flaws in his game that I can expose. Me, being just 21, this is the fight that’s gonna make me into a superstar and this is the fight that’s gonna break him.”
Houston’s Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs) and Orlando’s Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs) both are coming off impressive knockout victories at Barclays Center.
Charlo, 27, knocked mandatory challenger Charles Hatley unconscious in the sixth round April 22 on the Shawn Porter-Andre Berto undercard. Seven weeks before Charlo destroyed Dallas’ Hatley (26-2-1, 18 KOs), Lubin stopped Mexico’s Jorge Cota (25-2, 22 KOs) in the fourth round of their March 4 bout on the Keith Thurman-Danny Garcia undercard.
Showtime will televise the Charlo-Lubin bout as part of a tripleheader that’ll include three 154-pound championship bouts.
In the main event, Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs) will defend his WBA super world super welterweight title against Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs), a 2012 American Olympian from Cleveland. In the co-feature, IBF junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs), of Accokeek, Maryland, will make the first defense of his title against former WBA champion Austin Trout (30-3, 17 KOs), of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
“I love stealing the show,” Lubin said. “That’s what I do. I’ve been doing that. And I’ve been out there wishing for the best fights and being challenged.
“Some might say I haven’t been challenged yet, or some might say I’ve fought nobodies. But realistically, I just make them look like nobodies. I wouldn’t be surprised if I do the same on October 14th.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.