Erickson Lubin targeting Trout or Gausha confirms trainer, “Champions are busy”

Erickson Lubin (21-1) returned to the ring for the second time in 2019 on Saturday night in Houston. He made quick work out of an overmatched Zakaria Attou (29-7-2), stopping him in 4 rounds. The fight was part of the Showtime televised undercard that supported the Jermall Charlo-Brandon Adams main event.

This was the former title challenger’s second fight under the guidance of world class trainer Kevin Cunningham. In February he sent former world champion Ishe Smith into retirement with a third round knockout victory.

In the post fight interview with Jim Gray, Lubin stated that he would like to face Austin Trout or Terrell Gausha next.

Cunningham clarified that statement saying that those are the best two opponents that would likely be available for Lubin’s next fight.

“I thought Lubin stole the show Saturday night. My focus has been working with him on being more poised, his balance, on his range and distance and how to set up his opponent for certain shots. I saw a lot of what we worked on in camp Saturday night. He’s developing really well and I can assure the next time he gets a world title opportunity he’s going to be ready,” Cunningham told

“We would love to get a shot at (WBC champion) Tony Harrison or (WBA/IBF champion) Julian Williams but they are both tied up with rematches. I would also like a match up with (Erislandy) Lara but he’s got a fight scheduled. This is why we have our sights set on Trout or Gausha. Either one of them makes sense to me.”

Trout and Gausha faced each other in their last fights. They fought to a split draw in May in Biloxi, Miss.

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