154 pounds world title contender Erickson Lubin now has back to back wins since his 1st round knockout loss to Jermell Charlo in October 2017.
Saturday night last, Lubin boosted his record to (20(15)-1) with a TKO victory over former world champ Ishe Smith.
Smith had never previously been stopped in his 38 fights, this stoppage also coincides with Smith calling it a day on his own career after the fight.
Lubin has put himself right back in contention for another world title shot soon with this impressive victory.
From the first bell the levels between the two fighters was clear, Lubin took to the centre off the ring to stamp his authority on the fight.
His youth, energy, skills and strengths were all far superior to that off his opponent, this was made even more evident with Smith being dropped four
times before the referee stepped in to call the fight to a halt.
The tricky southpaw form Orlando has revitalised himself since his first loss in the professional ranks.
This has come with the help of his new trainer and mentor Kevin Cunningham who’s no nonsense approach to camp life seems to be working wonders for the 23-year-old Lubin.
Cunningham has worked with some top names over the years including Cory Spinks who became undisputed welterweight champion and Devon Alexander – who went on to unify belts at light-welterweight.
Ironically both were top-level southpaws just like the young Orlando native Lubin.
Lubin will be eyeing up the belt holders in the light-middle division next.
Most likely fancying his chances against the newly crowned WBC title holder Tony Harrison who recently beat Jermell Charlo in controversial circumstances last time out.
But the Charlo fight must also be at the front of his mind, surely.
He has let it be no secret that he wants revenge for the loss.
It was his biggest fight to date and first shot at a title that was snatched away just moments into the first round.
One fact that is for sure is that the young man is going to have a stellar career.
Not only will he pick up a world title at 154 but I have strong belief that he possesses the skills and potential to win multiweight world titles.
At only 23 years old, he has time on his side and under the guidance of Cunningham the world is his oyster.