Erickson Lubin and former junior middleweight champion, Jeison Rosario, who meet this Saturday in a title eliminator, have just a few issues in common– like age, expertise, and boxing means.
They’ve additionally been stopped by the identical fighter. Jermell Charlo knocked out Lubin in 2017 and Rosario final 12 months.
How they’ve responded to being defeated are, apart from one exception, fully totally different.
Lubin went again to the drafting board. He took break day, modified trainers, (as did Rosario), and rebuilt his profession.
“I really feel like I’ve grown rather a lot from that night time (towards Charlo),” Lubin instructed Joseph Santoliquito of The Ring in 2019. “I went from one of many hottest younger fighters within the recreation, after which grew to become missed and underrated. I really feel like I decided to maneuver to Kevin Cunningham, I really feel I’ve pushed my crew to a different degree.”
Lubin has received 5 fights in a row since his lone setback, three by stoppage. He’s rareing to go.
“I gained a whole lot of expertise combating Nathaniel Gallimore and Terrell Gausha,” Lubin stated. “These are prime contenders. I don’t need any tune-up fights, that’s why I took this combat towards Rosario. I gained a whole lot of confidence and every little thing is clicking for me proper now.”
Rosario, as a substitute of following Lubin’s lead so far as tune-up fights go, is leaping proper again into the fray. It’s debatable how sensible that is. Boxing, as is life, could be very psychological. As a lot as he’d wish to, Rosario hasn’t forgotten about being stopped by Charlo, however he says he’s realized to stay with it.
“What occurred within the Charlo combat was the fluke,” stated Rosario. “Me successful the titles was not the fluke. I’m going to point out everyone that I’ll bounce again from that loss and win my subsequent combat. I’ve no downside taking this combat. It’s not a mistake in any respect. That is what we do. We combat.”
“I believe that is the fallacious combat for Rosario to take coming off a knockout loss,” Lubin stated.
I are inclined to agree with Lubin, however Rosario made his bones by upsetting Julian Williams in 2020. He rolled the cube and received. He may have opted for a protection or two however as a substitute rolled the cube once more by combating the proficient Charlo.
It’s additionally necessary to notice that regardless that he was floored thrice by Charlo, Rosario was solely down a degree on Steve Weisfeld’s card.
Lubin seemed good at instances in his final combat towards Terrell Gausha. He additionally misplaced focus. So maybe Rosario’s danger is calculated.
I give Lubin the sting, however a late Rosario knockout wouldn’t be a shocker.