Erickson Lubin failed to record his fifth straight knockout Sunday night in his native Florida. It was just about the only negative thing you can say about the 20-year-old’s performance.
If USA Boxing had its way, unbeaten 154-pound prospect Erickson Lubin would be preparing to compete in this summer’s Rio Olympics instead of fighting Jose De Jesus Macias on Sunday night.
With 10 knockouts in 13 career fights, Erickson Lubin clearly possesses the physical tools required to succeed in the ring. Not to be overlooked, though, is Lubin’s mental acumen—the dude is a natural problem solver. Just ask one of his former math instructors.
Erickson Lubin was a high school senior when he signed a professional boxing contract on his 18th birthday. The Orlando, Florida, native debuted the next month with a 35-second knockout … followed six weeks later by a 61-second stoppage … followed 34 days later by yet another first-round KO.
Rare is the day that a boxer gets a marquee bout in just his 14th professional fight—especially when said boxer’s teenage years are barely in the rearview mirror. Then again, rare is the day that a boxer as gifted as Erickson Lubin comes around.