Barclays Center: The Home of the Lion’s Den
Barclays Center: The Home of the Lion’s Den
By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com
August 31, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y. – “When you have three or four good pals, then you have yourself a tribe. There ain’t nothing stronger than that.” – Billy the Kid (Young Guns)
Saturday, October 14, live on Showtime Boxing, fights fans will witness a world championship triple-header that will feature the world’s best in the 154-pound division. Three champions, defending their respective championship titles, against three top challengers: a former world champion seeking to win back his title; a rising-young contender with power in both hands; and a United States Olympian looking to fulfill his lifelong goal.
Neither fight will be easy for the respective current champions, but this is what makes the sport of boxing so intriguing. What’s known and often forgotten is that all three champions have career defining performances at Barclays Center. The card will feature four undefeated 154-pound boxers and will pave the way for an undisputed king of the 154-pound division.
Without further ado, let’s look at the tale of the tape:
MAIN EVENT – 12 ROUNDS
WBA SUPER WELTERWIEGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Erislandy Lara, Guantanamo, Cuba (24-2-2, 14 KOs) vs Terrell Gausha, Cleveland, OH (20-0, 9 KOs)
Lara, the division’s longest reigning champion, defends his WBA title against undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian Gausha. The current IBO, WORLD SUPER WELETERWEIGHT, and WBA SUPERWELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION is generally recognized as the best boxer in the super welterweight division.
Lara has fought against the best of the best, which includes the former WBC MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION and SUPERWELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1) and former WBA SUPERWELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION Austin “No Doubt” Trout (30-3, 17 KOs).
Gausha, the undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian, has been matched tough throughout his career. He has bested all opponents and is ready to achieve his lifelong goal of becoming a world champion.
WBC SUPER WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Jermell Charlo, Houston, TX (29-0, 14 KOs) vs Erickson Lubin, Orlando, FL (18-0, 13 KOs)
Charlo, one half of the dynamic duo Charlo brothers (the only twin brothers in the history of boxing to hold world championships simultaneously) is coming off a six-round destruction against former WBC Silver Super Welterweight Champion Charles Hatley (26-2-1, 18 KOs).
In that fight, live on Showtime Boxing, Charlo dominated Hatley and quite possibly scored the knockout of the year. Charlo controlled the ring, letting his hands pound away against the much smaller Hatley. He would go on to knockout Hatley with a thunderous right hand, closing the show without any interruption. Charlo, in his own words, is a complete “SAVAGE” inside the ring and ready to take on any challenger.
In facing the young lion Lubin, who himself is a deadly puncher and possesses supreme power in both hands, he will be matched against a southpaw like no other. Lubin, born in Brooklyn and fighting out of Orlando carries three key factors into ring: he’s a south; has thunder in his right hand; and electricity in his left hand. Known as “The Hammer” and fighting out of the “School of Hard Knocks”, Lubin is a confident threat against any fighter within the 154-pound division. Quite frankly, his skills are unmeasurable.
Lubin himself is also coming off a spectacular performance inside the Barclays Center, where he destroyed Jorge Cota (25-2, 22 KOs) in four rounds, knocking out the Cota in a four rounds (TKO).
Both men have traded words on social media and now, on October 14, both men will stand before each, ready to let their hands go, in the attempt to remain world champion or become the new world champion.
IBF SUPER WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Jarrett Hurd, Accokeek, MD (20-0, 14 KOs) vs Austin Trout, Las Cruces, NM (30-3, 17 KOs)
Hurd, who possesses the attributes of supreme fighter (height, reach, skill) makes his first title defense against former champion, who also possesses the same skill set.
Hurd, making his first title defense, is matched against the slick, skilled veteran Trout, a fighter who has defeated and fought against the best of the best of the 154-pound division:
- Trout vs Miguel Cotto (UD – 12 Rounds – WBA World Super Welterweight Championship)
- Trout vs Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (UD L – 12 ROUNDS – WBA, WBC Super Welterweight Championship)
- Trout vs Erislandy Lara (UD L – 12 ROUNDS – Interim WBA World Super Welterweight Championship)
At thirty-one years of age, the former southpaw champion will look to bring his cagey ring experience inside the ring on fight night to defeat a young, skilled, savvy, twenty-six-year-old champion in Hurd. Trout, standing at 5’9 ½ will have to close the distance and deliver a spectacular showing of skill and heart against the taller Hurd, who stands at 6’1 ½, and is known to take the fight to his opponents.
Presented by Premier Boxing Champions, the card, promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions is scheduled to feature a 154-pound championship triple-header. This is “HIGH STAKES”, with each bout broadcasted live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
Tickets Go on Sale for this mega-championship event on August 31 at 10 a.m. ET.
“On October 14 at Barclays Center, three world champions will be defending their belts, on SHOWTIME, in a night of tremendous super welterweight action,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.
“Long reigning Cuban Erislandy Lara takes on undefeated Olympian Terrell Gausha and newly crowned Jarrett Hurd faces respected former world champion Austin Trout.”
“This card also features one of the best matchups that can be made between two undefeated fighters, champion Jermell Charlo and young sensation Erickson Lubin.”
“This is a blockbuster card for boxing fans,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions.
“The 154-pound division is full of talent and this card is loaded with the best champions and top-ranked contenders in the division. The guy who will be the eventual king of the division is fighting on this show and the fans will be treated to matches that will determine who that unified champion will be.”
Tickets to the event will go on sale on tomorrow, August 31 at 10 a.m. ET and start at $50 (not including applicable fees). Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center starting Friday, September 1 at noon ET. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
“We are thrilled to continue our best year yet of BROOKLYN BOXING with our fifth major boxing event of 2017,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment.
“We always aim to deliver fight fans an evening packed with top-notch matchups from start to finish, and this card certainly does that.”
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