Sep 17, 2020
Erickson Lubin vs. Terrell Gausha: Everything is on the line
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Erickson Lubin takes the next step in his resurgence as a legitimate junior middleweight contender on Saturday.© Provided by Boxing Junkie
Lubin (22-1, 16 KOs) is scheduled to face former U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (21-1-1, 10 KOs) in a title eliminator in Uncasville, Conn., on Showtime, which will place the winner in line to challenge whomever wins the Sept. 26 Jermell Charlo-Jeison Rosario title-unification fight.
Lubin, only 24, has won four consecutive fights since Charlo stopped him in one round in 2017. He wants to maintain his recent momentum and do it in style.
“I respect him as a fighter, but I don’t think Gausha is on my level,” Lubin said. “He’s standing in my way of becoming a world champion, so I need to take care of business Saturday night and look good doing it.
“I have to make a statement in this fight.”
One reason for Lubin’s recent success is veteran trainer Kevin Cunningham, who was brought in after the loss to Charlo.© Provided by Boxing Junkie
Erickson Lubin faces has had his hand raised in every fight except one, a first-round knockout loss to Jermell Charlo. Sarah Crabill / Getty Images
Cunningham has been in his corner during all four victories, over Silverio Ortiz (KO 4), Ishe Smith (KO 3), Zakaria Attou (KO 4) and Nathaniel Gallimore (UD) in his most-recent fight, in October.
Cunningham obviously has Lubin back on track.
“We’re out here in West Palm Beach, Fla. and training camp has been going as planned,” Lubin said. “It’s just hard work and dedication day after day. Coach Cunningham and I are working great together. Everyone knows that he’s a no-nonsense type of trainer, so that mindset is contagious.
“I’ve done everything that’s been demanded of me so far in training. I’m in great shape and will be ready to go into deep waters if the fight goes the distance.”
And he understands what’s at stake.
“This is a title eliminator, so everything is on the line for me,” he said. “I have to bring the heat from the opening bell.”
Gausha was scheduled to face Lubin earlier but pulled out with a hand injury and was replaced by Gallimore.
The former amateur star, now 33, is arguably in a must-win situation. He’s only 1-1-1 in his last three fights – a loss to then-champion Erislandy Lara, a victory over Joey Hernandez and a draw with Austin Trout – and fighting to remain at the elite level.
He says the hand is healed and he’s confident.© Provided by Boxing Junkie
Terrell Gausha (right) is 1-1-1 in his last three fights, including a loss to Erislandy Lara (left). AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
“This fight is a chance to send a message to all the other fighters at 154 pounds,” Gausha said. “I want to control every round against Lubin, and if I get him hurt, I’ll be looking to get him out of there. I’m planning to show the gap between us as fighters.
“He was the one to call for this fight, but anyone who plays with my name, I make sure to send for them.”
Gausha recognizes Lubin’s progress under Cunningham but implied that he’s a better fighter than Gallimore.
“Since Lubin’s loss, I know he switched trainers and I think he’s taking more time and fighting smarter now,” Gausha said. “I wouldn’t say it was disappointing watching Lubin fight Gallimore, but I definitely think things would have gone differently for him if he had been fighting me.
“September 19 is going to be a great test for me. Lubin is a young elite fighter, with his only loss coming against a world champion. Taking care of Lubin is going to show everyone that I’m ready for another title shot.”
What about his recent disappointments? Learning experiences.
“I think I’m a lot more poised these days,” Gausha said. “In the Trout fight, I pressed the fight in the beginning. I did some different things, and I showed that I can use my footwork. Lara was my first test with an elite southpaw, and then I had Trout in my last fight.
“So I’m even more prepared for Lubin after those fights. I’m just more relaxed in there and sure of myself.”MORE:
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Royal in red! Queen Letizia of Spain stuns in striking A-line dress as she joins husband King Felipe for theatre opening in Madrid
The royal, 48, donned a face mask and striking lace A-line dress as she attended the inaugural theatre opening for the 2020/21 season.
The mother-of-two, who recently returned from a nationwide tour with her husband and daughters, Princess Leonor, 14, and Princess Sofia, 12, looked relaxed as she waved at cameras.
Queen Letizia of Spain stunned in a red dress yesterday as she joined her husband King Felipe at the Royal Theatre in Madrid
The royal, 48, donned a face mask and striking lace A-line dress as she attended the inaugural theatre opening for the 2020/21 season. She is pictured with King Felipe, 52
The former journalist, who is known to reign high in the style stakes, paired her lace dress with a matching slingback stilettos which she complemented with a golden clutch bag.
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Meanwhile, her husband Felipe donned a double breasted navy suit and powder blue tie with a pin-striped shirt.
Showing off her natural beauty, Letizia wore minimal make-up, donning a light lashing of mascara and a smokey-eyed look.
The mother-of-two, who recently returned from a nationwide tour with her husband and daughters, Princess Leonor, 14, and Princess Sofia, 12, looked relaxed as she waved at cameras
Meanwhile, her husband Felipe donned a double breasted navy suit and powder blue tie with a pin-striped shirt. The couple are pictured with other theatre goers
It comes a day after the couple attended an event at the National Library in Madrid, again donning protective face coverings for the grand opening.
Queen Letizia opted for a midi length blue dress for the occasion, matching the stunning gown with a simple navy bag and set of heels.
The couple looked relaxed as they arrived at the reception and posed for pictures outside with Spanish Minister of Culture and Sports, Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes and the regional president of Castilla y Leon, Alfonso Fernandez Mañueco.
The former journalist, who is known to reign high in the style stakes, paired her lace dress with a matching slingback stilettos which she complemented with a golden clutch bag
Keeping jewellery to a minimum, Letizia opted for just a ring and dainty golden hoops which she paired with a red dress
The exhibition is opening on what would have been the author's 100th birthday held at the National Library in the city.
It comes amid a busy period for the royal couple, with Queen Letizia and King Felipe marking the 125th anniversary of local paper El Heraldo de Aragon (Aragon Herald) earlier this week at the newspaper's headquarters.
Letizia married King Felipe 16 years ago at Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid.
Letizia married King Felipe ten years ago at Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid. They are pictured yesterday at the theatre
The relationship began in November 2002 and in 2003, just months after she had been promoted to the position of anchor on the national news channel.
She then quit her job and days later the royal engagement was announced.
The former newsreader is the granddaughter of a taxi driver and the eldest daughter of Jesús José Ortiz Álvarez, a journalist, and first wife María de la Paloma Rocasolano Rodríguez, a nurse and hospital union representative.
She attended public high school and did a degree at the Complutense University of Madrid. She later gained an MA in Audiovisual Journalism at the Institute for Studies in Audiovisual Journalism.
King Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014 in favour of his son, now King Felipe VI.
Letizia married King Felipe 16 years ago at Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid. The couple are pictured inside the theatre today
Lady in Red! The Queen was sure to turn heads in her stunning theatre look in Madrid yesterday evening