SHOWTIME SPORTS® THREE-PART DIGITAL FEATURE GOES BEHIND THE SCENES WITH FORMER WORLD TITLE CHALLENGER ERICKSON LUBIN.
SHOWTIME Sports has released the first two-of-three installments of a digital series featuring former world title challenger Erickson Lubin as he prepares to face French super welterweight contender Zakaria Attou in a title elimination bout in the co-main event of Jermall Charlo vs. Brandon Adams live on SHOWTIME this Saturday from NRG Arena in Houston. Parts 1 and 2 of the series are now available via SHOWTIME Sports’ YouTube channel and the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page, Snapchat and Instagram platforms. Part 3 will be released on Friday morning and all three parts will also be available on Sho.com.
In part one of the series, Lubin, a 23-year-old from Orlando, talks about his upbringing and the sacrifices he made in becoming one of boxing’s top prospects in 2016 following his debut on ShoBox: The New Generation as a 19-year-old registering a first-round knockout in the summer of 2015.
“Growing up in West Orlando, it’s not Disneyworld over there. You know, it’s tough,” said Lubin, who is trained by former St. Louis police officer Kevin Cunningham. “As a kid, I never really thought about being a scholar. I never really thought about being a doctor. Once I started boxing I put my mind on boxing every single day… I want to be the best at boxing.”
In part two of the series, Lubin discusses getting back in the mix of a wide open 154-pound division after title holders Jermell Charlo and Jarrett Hurd both suffered the first losses of their careers. Lubin proved he was back after a dominating performance against Ishe Smith following his first career setback in a first-round KO loss against Charlo at the end of 2017.
Hard-Hitting Erickson Lubin Takes on Zakaria Attou in a WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator in Co-Main Event on Saturday, June 29 live on SHOWTIME® from NRG Arena in Houston and Presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Hard hitting super welterweight Erickson “Hammer” Lubin discussed his upcoming showdown and more from training camp as he prepares to take on France’s Zakaria Attou in a WBC title elimination bout in the co-main event Saturday, June 29 ive on SHOWTIME from NRG Arena in Houston, Texas.
The broadcast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and is headlined by unbeaten top middleweight Jermall Charlo battling contender Brandon Adams in a 12-round showdown.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com).
Here is what Lubin (20-1, 15 KOs) had to say about his upcoming matchup, training camp with Kevin Cunningham and more as he prepares to enter the ring June 29:
On his matchup with Zakaria Attou:
“Attou is coming into this fight with a lot of confidence being that he hasn’t lost a fight since 2015. He’s on a nice winning streak and I’m looking at this fight like a world title fight.
“Stylistically I feel I’m going to have every advantage with my speed, power and footwork. I’m taking this fight very serious. I’m going to adjust after the first few rounds and go from there. I see this being a fan friendly fight because both of us will have everything on the line.”
On working recent training camp with Kevin Cunningham:
“This is a 12-round bout, so I’ve been training for a long grueling fight. This will be my second fight with Kevin Cunningham as the lead and we are working great together. Right now, we are finalizing the last days of camp out here in West Palm Beach Florida. I feel great and I’ll be at my best on June 29.
On working his way back to a world title shot
“Everything takes time and right now we are solely focused on Attou. When I’m victorious against him, I’ll be knocking on the door of another world title shot. When that time comes, I will take full advantage of the opportunity. I will be a world champion in my career.”
On the state of the super welterweight division
“Right now, the 154-pound division has a lot of good fighters from top to bottom. All the champions are beatable though, so the division is wide open for me to take over, in my opinion. I must win this fight first. One thing for sure is I’m coming for all their heads.”
ABOUT CHARLO VS. ADAMS
Charlo vs. Adams will pit unbeaten WBC Interim Middleweight Champion and Houston-native Jermall Charlo against middleweight contender Brandon Adams in Charlo’s hometown return Saturday, June 29 live on SHOWTIME from NRG Arena in Houston and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features hard-hitting super welterweight Erickson “Hammer” Lubin taking on French contender Zakaria Attou in a 12-round WBC title elimination bout in the co-main event. Opening the telecast is a WBA featherweight title eliminator between slick Mexican southpaw Eduardo Ramirez and power-punching Dominican Claudio Marrero.