One of the top boxing prospects to watch in 2016, Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin, started his year off on the proper note in Florida on Sunday night. The 20-year-old super welterweight improved to 14-0 with a shutout, 10-round decision over Jose De Jesus Macias.
Lubin was a national Golden Gloves champion who turned turning professional in November 2013, just after his 18th birthday. He has been moving his career forward at a quick pace. He faced Macias only a little over a month after knocking out Alexis Camacho. He also knocked out Orlando Lora last September.
Lora, Camacho and Macias aren’t quite contenders, but they are solid professionals who have experience at a high-level in the sport. In today’s boxing game, it is very rare to see a 20 year old beating three opponents of that quality in the space of four months.
Macias gave Lubin solid work, as he acknowledged in his post-fight comments. In a press release sent out today by King’s Promotions, Lubin said “He was a very awkward fighter with a herky-jerky style…He was tougher than I thought…but it’s good experience. I’m happy to get 10 rounds in.”
Junior middleweight is one of the sport’s toughest divisions, and at 20, Lubin doesn’t need to rush things. But I do expect to see him test himself against a higher grade of competition in 2016. Good potential opponents for him would be fellow unbeaten, Terrell Gausha, a member of the 2012 Olympic team. I’d also be intrigued by a matchup between Lubin and John Thompson, who challenged for the vacant WBO title last year. Other options might be veterans like Carson Jones or Antonio DeMarco.
But you have to figure Lubin’s future will be at a higher weight. At 5’11” and with a 75″ reach, the 20 year old clearly has the potential to grow into a full middleweight or beyond. He should be a very interesting fighter to watch in the next few years.