Erickson Lubin 2016 Prospect of the Year – To get to boxing’s elite level a lot has to go right for a young fighter, and even earning the label of prospect is reserved for a select few.
In many ways, 2016’s Prospect of the Year Erickson Lubin has carried that label for a long-time. A decorated amateur who was called by many America’s best hope for Olympic Gold, Lubin left the amateur ranks to go professional in November of 2013. Lubin logged seven fights in 2014 and five fights in 2015 as he started his climb up the ladder.
Lubin entered 2016 a solid 13-0 and proceeded to continue his upward ascent, going 4-0 against solid competition with a combined record of 99-9-2. His fights appeared on television in the United States so this last calendar year came with bigger stages and more exposure for the youngster, who just turned 21 this past October.
Ray Flores, one of our TBC analysts who has viewed Lubin’s development up close these past few years, gave the following statement: “Erickson Lubin has the “IT” factor. He loves the sport of boxing, is a student of the game, constantly works hard, has a great team with Jason Galarza as his trainer, and is possessed to one day very soon put a world title around his waist.”
An athletic southpaw who goes by the nickname “The Hammer,” Lubin has scored 12 knockouts to date. Lubin has earned a top 10 ranking with the WBA and a top 5 ranking with the WBC, and his next outing, scheduled for March 4th of 2017, sees him in a high profile position facing Jorge Cota on Showtime in support of the Danny Garcia versus Keith Thurman welterweight world title unification bout. Cota is a hard-hitting Mexican veteran with a record of 25-1 with 22 knockouts, and though Lubin has been competing as a middleweight, he is expected to return to the 154 pound super welterweight class for this one.
Erickson Lubin 2016 Prospect of the Year
Lubin enters 2017 at 17-0 and his next major challenge arrives on March 4th. Should Lubin secure a win over the rugged Cota it could be safe to say the next calendar year will see Lubin go from prospect to full-fledged contender. As we end 2016, Erickson Lubin is your Prospect of the Year.
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