Former title challenger and 154 pound contender Erikson Lubin picked up the most impressive victory of his professional career stopping Jeison Rosario in the 6th round of their WBC title eliminator on Saturday night at the State Farm Arena.
Lubin (24-1, 17 KOs) dropped the former IBF/IBO/WBA champion twice in the sixth round, giving the referee no choice but to quickly save Rosario from more damage. The victory was his sixth since the one punch knockout loss he suffered in the hands of reigning WBC champion Jermell Charlo at the Barclays Centre back in 2017.
The referee stopped the fight at exactly 1:42 of the sixth round and Lubin was declared winner of the fight, which served as the Co-Main event of the Gervonta Davis Vs Mario Barrios card on Saturday Night. Lubin’s choice to take on Rosario, was considered a big risk as he was already next in line for Charlo’s WBC junior middleweight title.
Rosario (20-3-1, 14 KOs), who hails from Dominican Republic lost by knockout for the second straight time. His last outing saw Charlo (34-1, 18 KOs) drop him three times en route to an eight round stoppage victory in September at the Mohegan Sun arena, Uncasville, Connecticut.
Lubin started the fight with intentions on working on Rosario’s body but couldn’t get close enough to connect his shot and Rosario in his Part, did not connect a reasonable shot in the first round.
Rosario was the better fighter in the second round and almost trapped Lubin to the ropes but Lubin was smart and slipped almost all his shots. Lubin didn’t land much of his own.
Rosario took the fight ones again to Lubin in the third round and buzzed Lubin with a big left that made him take some awkward step at the centre of the ring. Lubin 5hen connected two big lefts and the first one backed up Rosario and the second one wobbled him. However, before the round ended, Lubin connected a right hook that sent h to the ropes and saved by the bell, staggered to his corner.
Having both utilised their chance to hurt one another in the early rounds, the two failed to connected any big shot in 5he fourth and fifth round.
Lubin finished off the former Unified champion in the sixth round, first sending him to his glove and knees with a combination and after watching him reach his feet disoriented. Lubin sens3d the end of the fight and connected a right hook to the head that sent Rosario straight to the canvas again. The referee ended the fight before Rosario got back to his feet.