Jesse Lubash (13-0, 8 KO) thinks that he has the face, style and skills to bring boxing back to the Steel City.
The 25-year-old welterweight boxer from Munhall, Pa. looks to keep his undefeated record intact against Harrison Cuello when they square off Dec. 17 at the Monroeville Convention Center.
The fight is the first for Lubash under the Prize Fight Promotions banner and will be nationally televised on FSN.
This isn't his first time on TV, he has fought on ESPN and FSN, but it is his first main event on a big card. Although this is nationally televised, he wouldn't want to be fighting anywhere else.
"I love this city, there is nothing like looking out into the crowd and seeing that black and gold." Fighting at home would make most fighters nervous, but not Lubash.
"I don't get nervous because I put the gym work in and there is no neglect in the gym." He hopes to win a title one day and bring it back to Pittsburgh, along with some televisions networks.
Lubash thinks he can be the fourth franchise in this city and knows that he is going to have to keep winning to get noticed.
"No matter who plays for the Steelers, Penguins, or Pirates, they still have that brand name. In boxing you are the brand name, and you need to keep on winning for people to care."
To make all of these dreams come true, he will first have to get through Cuello (20-13-3 15 KO). It will not be an easy task.
Cuello may not have a sterling record, but he has been in the ring with former champions and up and coming prospects.
Cuello has been in with a number of good fighters, including those against Randall Bailey, Edgar Santana, Mike Arnaoutis, Victor Cayo, Vanes Martirosyan, and Steve Forbes.
He actually owns wins over Santana and Forbes, both of which have held titles. He is coming of a win and will be looking to add another prospect's scalp to his resume.
Lubash has seen kinks in Cuello's armor and will look to expose them. He stated, "He throws good combination's but drops his left and has no head movement. I think I am good at picking out flaws."
Cuello has a good chin (only 3 KO losses in 13 career losses), but Lubash thinks he has a big enough punch to get him out early.
Lubash isn't your typical fighter. He has one semester left at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and his major is business-finance.
"It is something I want to do to better myself and use later. I'm no dummy."
He is also intelligent when it comes to the fight game. He doesn't want to build up a record against a bunch of nobodies and doesn't want to rush himself.
"I want to fight the right opponent and see styles that I haven't seen yet. There is no rush but when its time to run the horse you gotta let it go."
Lubash goes by the nickname "The Future", and if he wins on Dec. 17 against Cuello it looks like he has a bright future ahead of him and possibly a title.
If he wins that title, you might be able to go down to The Fusebox (the nickname his friend gave The Consol Energy arena) one day and watch a world welterweight title fight.
This was originally published on www.kissingthecanvas.com.