Photos: Lubin defeats Ishe Smith by TKO; Smith announces retirement

Former world title challenger Erickson Lubin (20-1, 15 KOs) knocked down Ishe Smith (29-11, 12 KOs) a total of four times before the fight was stopped at the end of round three in a scheduled 10-round super welterweight bout. This was the first time Smith has been stopped in his career.

After the fight, Smith announced his retirement from the sport of boxing. The 40-year-old Smith won his first and only title in 2013 when he defeated Cornelius Bundradge to capture the IBF 154-pound belt — becoming the first Las Vegas-born fighter to win a major title.

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Lubin on fight with Smith: ‘I’m going to win this fight and win it impressively’

Super welterweight contender Erickson Lubin will enter the ring under the guidance of coach Kevin Cunningham for the first time when he steps into the ring this Saturday against former world champion Ishe Smith as part of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN from Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly StubHub Center, in Carson, California and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The digital presentation will stream on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, and will also feature a showdown between super lightweights Juan Heraldez and Eddie Ramirez, all leading up to that evening’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event.  The three-fight SHOWTIME telecast begins live at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT headlined by super featherweight world champion Gervonta Davis defending his title against former world champion Hugo Ruiz.

Lubin will fight for the second time since losing his first world title challenge to Jermell Charlo in 2017, and for the first time with his new coach. The Orlando-native began training camp in West Palm Beach, but has been training in Las Vegas for the last month since the team moved west to finish the training camp for Adrien Broner’s fight against Manny Pacquiao.

Here is what Lubin had to say about Saturday’s fight and more:

On his matchup against Ishe Smith:

“Ishe Smith has been in the ring with the best of them and he’s never been stopped.  He knows how to fight and I’m expecting him to be at this best.  I will have to dictate the pace right from the opening bell.  My goal is to be the first person to take him out, but if it goes the distance, I’m okay with that as well.  I’m going to win this fight and win it impressively.”

On training with new coach Kevin Cunningham:

“Kevin is a no-nonsense type of guy. He’s going to tell you the truth if you like it or not.  If I’m doing something wrong in his eyes, he’s going to speak on it right away.  He’ll do the same if I’m doing something right, so I like his style of training and I’m learning more each day we are together.  This will be our first fight together and I’m excited to get back in the ring.  We have a nice game plan in place that we will execute on fight night.”

On training in Las Vegas for the first time in his career:

“Training in Las Vegas is no joke, because we are training in higher elevation than what I’m used to in Florida.  Getting away from the distractions at home has been relaxing.  I’ve been getting great sparring and my timing is right on point.  Las Vegas is definitely the place to be for high level sparring and training.”

On fighting in Southern California for the second time in his career:

“I really like fighting on the west coast.  The fans are great, and the weather is beautiful.  I know we’ll be fighting outdoors so I’m looking forward to that.  Everyone knows this venue has hosted some really good fights.  I’m looking to steal the show on Saturday night.”

 Photo: Team Lubin

Erislandy Lara and Jarrett Hurd give Charlo-Lubin predictions

WBC junior middeweight champion Jermell Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs) will battle top contender Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs) on October 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Both fighters are undefeated, but someone’s ‘0’ has got to go.

WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara, who will fight Terrell Gausha in the main event at Barclays Center on October 14, and IBF junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd, who battles Austin Trout on the same card, gave their thoughts on Charlo-Lubin.

Erislandy Lara:

“Charlo vs. Lubin is really a great title fight between two tremendous fighters. Charlo is going to have his hands full with Lubin. I think Jermell is going to come out on top with a close, split-decision win,” Lara said.

Jarrett Hurd

“Charlo vs. Lubin is really a 50-50 fight. Lubin is the faster and sharper fighter, but Charlo is more mature. I would have to lean towards Charlo on this one because he’s been on this stage and been in title fights before. We don’t really know what Lubin can do yet so I give Charlo the slight edge but it’s really close,” Hurd said.

Erickson Lubin on Charlo fight: ‘I definitely want to make that statement and get a knockout’

Erickson Lubin has a big opportunity in front of him. An opportunity to win a belt, an opportunity to make a statement, and an opportunity to show the world that he one of the best in the junior middleweight division.

In order to do that, Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs) must beat the undefeated and WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs) on October 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Lubin discussed his upcoming fight with Charlo during a conference call this week:

“Well, anything can happen. I’m definitely preparing myself for a knockout. I want to get the knockout and make a big statement winning my first world title,” Lubin said. “But I can definitely go 12 rounds. I already been ten rounds before. I’m definitely ready. I trained for it. Ever since I came into the pro game, I believed in myself and my team believed in me. And I said that I was a 12-round fighter ever since I got into the pro boxing game. So I’m definitely ready to go 12 rounds and I definitely want to make that statement and get a knockout.”