Erickson Lubin and Jeison Rosario have agreed to meet in a high-stakes junior middleweight fight.
BoxingScene.com has learned that Showtime will televise the 12-round, 154-pound bout between Lubin and Rosario, although the date and the site for their fight have not been determined. The premium cable network has not announced any boxing broadcasts beyond its April 10 show, which will feature welterweights Jaron Ennis and Sergey Lipinets in the main event from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Showtime is expected to televise boxing at some point during the month of May, but it isn’t clear if that “Showtime Championship Boxing” telecast will be scheduled for May 15, May 22 or May 29.
Though their date is not set, Lubin and Rosario both are training at gyms in South Florida for a bout that could thrust the winner into another title fight.
The Dominican Republic’s Rosario (20-2-1, 14 KOs) will attempt to bounce back from an eighth-round knockout defeat to Jermell Charlo in their 154-pound title unification fight September 26 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Houston’s Charlo (34-1, 18 KOs) dropped Rosario once apiece in the first, sixth and eighth rounds of that scheduled 12-rounder.
The 25-year-old Rosario trailed on all three scorecards (66-65, 67-64, 67-64) entering the eighth round. Charlo connected with a body shot that left Rosario on the canvas, convulsing and unable to continue.
The rugged Rosario pulled off a huge upset in his previous appearance, when he stopped Julian Williams in the fifth round of their title fight in January 2020 at Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Rosario won the IBF, IBO and WBA 154-pound championships from Philadelphia’s Williams (27-2-1, 16 KOs, 1 NC).
Lubin, also 25, has won five consecutive fights since Charlo knocked him out with one punch in their fight for Charlo’s WBC super welterweight title in October 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The left-handed Lubin (23-1, 16 KOs), of Orlando, Florida, is the WBC’s number one challenger for Charlo’s championship again, which makes facing Rosario riskier. Lubin defeated Cleveland’s Terrell Gausha (22-2-1, 11 KOs) by unanimous decision in his most recent action, a 12-rounder September 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
While Lubin and Rosario both have been stopped by Charlo, Lubin later defeated the other opponent to whom Rosario has lost, Nathaniel Gallimore.
Chicago’s Gallimore (21-5-1, 17 KOs) dropped Rosario three times and stopped him in the sixth round of their April 2017 battle at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas.
Lubin beat Gallimore by unanimous decision in their 10-round bout in October 2019 at Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. All three judges scored nine of the 10 rounds for Lubin that night (99-91, 99-91, 99-91).
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.