In an action-packed brawl as Erickson Lubin (12-0, 9 KOs) stopped Orlando Lora (31-6-2, 19 KOs) at one minute fifty-eight seconds into the sixth round on Friday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce TV from the Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida, USA. Lubin knocked Lora into the ropes in the second round for what was ruled a knockdown.
“My corner helped me all fight. Every time I went to my corner they were helping me make the right adjustments.
“I kept telling myself that if (Lora) throws two punches then I’m going to throw four. If he threw four, I’d throw eight. I wanted to double his effort and show that I have more will than him. I didn’t want this fight to go this distance.
“Fighting on PBC on Bounce TV is going to help my career take off. I wanted to make a statement on TV so I could start stepping up my competition. I’m working towards a title shot.”
“I was not surprised at his power. I took his punches to my head very well, but my legs were shot. So I couldn’t move and had to stay in the pocket with him.
“He caught me in the beginning of the fight in the solar plexus and that took my legs away from me for the rest of the fight. He hit me so hard to the body I couldn’t breathe and my legs went numb.
“The stoppage was right. I would have loved to finish the ten rounds, but my corner knew I wasn’t going to go much longer.”
The 19-year-old Lubin is quickly proving to be one of the best fighters in the 154lb division despite having turned pro in late 2013. He’s got the kind of talent that can take him to the top, although I’m not so certain that he’s picking the right division by fighting at 154. He’s too flat-footed for that division.
Lubin would do well to drain down to 147 to fight at welterweight. He doesn’t look big for a junior middleweight like some fighters like Erislandy Lara and Canelo. If Lubin can make weight at welterweight, he’d be a big threat to guys like Keith Thurman, Kell Brook, Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter and Amir Khan. It’s hard to believe still thought how young Lubin is. He’s got a lot of potential to be a very good fighter in time if he can keep winning and impressing.