Erickson "The Hammer" Lubin (23-1) picked up his 5th win a row Saturday night when he defeated Terrell Gausha (21-2-1) at the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino in Connecticut in their super welterweight clash. The bout headlined a Showtime tripleheader. The final scores were 118-110, 116-112, and 115-113.
For most of the fight Lubin was the busier and more accurate fighter. However, the action was lacking early on and didn't really pick up until the later rounds in the fight when Gausha began to let his hands go more often.
Lubin's trainer Kevin Cunningham acknowledged the lack of excitement and believes that Gausha's safety first approach was the main culprit.
“I knew going in that Gausha is patient and doesn’t take risks. So that makes for a more tactical fight. Gausha fights off his high guard and defense. Styles make fights and sometimes you have to take what your opponent gives you and win the fight. Gausha is hard to look good against, neither (Erislandy) Lara or (Austin) Trout looked great against Gausha. Hammer did what he needed to do to control the fight and win almost every round," Cunningham told BoxingScene.com.
With the victory Lubin is now the mandatory challenger to the Jermell Charlo-Jeison Rosario unification showdown that takes place on Saturday night. Charlo's WBC title and Rosario's WBA and IBF titles will all be on the line.
According to Cunningham, they won't savor the victory for long and will continue to work on their craft.
"Now is not time to celebrate, we’re right back in the lab. It’s time to tighten loose ends and get sharper. He has fought himself back into the mandatory spot, earning the right to face the Charlo-Rosario winner. We will be ready for whoever comes out on top in that fight," said Cunningham.
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