BROOKLYN — Erickson Lubin may soon be a world champion. The undefeated 21-year-old scored a one-punch knockout over Jorge Cota to become the mandatory challenger for the WBC super welterweight title.
Cota opted to spend most of the fight from the southpaw stance. Lubin, also a southpaw, struggled early to land his powerful left on Cota’s wide stance. That changed in the third when Cota was baited by a jab and stunned with a looping left. Lubin kept his distance and froze Cota with a low guard followed by an overhand left for a knockdown. Cota beat the count but was in no condition to continue.
Lubin improves to 18-0 (13 KOs) and will face the winner of WBC titlist Jermell Charlo vs. Charles Hatley.