SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: The Symphony at Barclays Center

By Xavier Porter –

September 26, 2017

Brooklyn, N.Y. –

“I don’t care who’s first or who’s last, but I know that ya’ll just better rock this at the drop of a dime baby.” – Marley Marl (The Symphony)

Whether watching from a bird’s eye view or in a live ringside seat, one must recognize that the 154lb division in today’s boxing features three champions best fighters who possess phenomenal boxing skill, championship pedigree, and the quintessential talent that can make either champion become “Mr. Undisputed.” To be frank, each champion is in prime position to take their respective careers to even further historical heights.

When you look at the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING TRIPLEHEADER FIGHTCARD, scheduled for October 14 at the BARCLAYS CENTER, you begin to understand and appreciate how special the sport of boxing truly is. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is scheduled to feature three world champions who will be taking on their respective number one ranked mandatory opponents:

“Now who’s first up to bat? – Marley Marl (The Symphony)

Jarrett “Swift” Hurd, Accokeek, MD (20-0, 14 KOs – IBF Super Welterweight Champion)

When it comes to describing this young champion, the question isn’t “when?”; the answer is: who’s next? At 6’1, with a great advantage against his opposition in reach, the current IBF Super Welterweight Champion enjoys fighting on the inside, while also setting up his extended counter punches to break his opponents down. Simply put: Hurd is skilled, talented, and balanced in all areas. He’s nicknamed “Swift” for a reason: fighting on the inside against his opponent allows for him to land quick, combinations that are sharp, precise, and pack power. Hurd punches nonstop and in facing Austin “No Doubt” Trout (former WBA Super Welterweight Champion) he will need to find a way to counter the slick, skilled veteran southpaw.

Trout vs Hurd

Trout vs Hurd

Trout (30-3, 17 KOs), with championship fights against current WBO Super Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto, current RING and Lineal Middleweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, current WBA (SUPER), IBO Super Welterweight Champion Erislandy Lara, and former IBF Super Welterweight Champion Jermall Charlo under his belt as a list of opponents, will look to bring his cagey ring experience into the fight against the young champion. This will be a test of the young lion defending his pride against an older lion, who still has tricks up sleeve, and will look to capitalize on his opponent’s unblemished weaknesses.

“I keep on going and flowing just like a river, I got a whole lot to give so I’m a giver.” – Master Ace

Erislandy Lara - WBA (SUPER) Super Welterweight Champion

Erislandy Lara – WBA (SUPER) Super Welterweight Champion

“I apologize, oh yeah and a, can I have your autograph for me and my grandmother” – Craig Niceterrellgausha-1504913401710

Erislandy Lara, the WBA SUPER/IBO Super Welterweight Champion is scheduled to face undefeated US Olympian Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs). Both Lara and Gausha have distinct amateur background to add their skill set as they’ve both represented their respected countries in the Olympics.

The difference in both men is that Lara is good as it gets within this stacked division. The Cuban national is slick, has a phenomenal jab, and is defense is impeccable at times. Lara has faced has many champions in his career, namely the great Paul Williams, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, and Austin Trout, who he defeated to capture his current world championship. This will be a tough task for the young Gausha to beat Lara but the Ohio native is firmly up for the challenge.

“Making veterans run for medicine cause I put out more lights than a fight and Con-Edison.” – Kool G Rap

photo courtesy of MvpBoxPics

photo courtesy of MvpBoxPics

Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo, Houston, TX (29-0, 14 KOs – WBC Super Welterweight Champion)

Charlo, 1 ½ of first twin brothers in boxing’s history to win and hold world championship titles simultaneously is scheduled to face none other than Erickson Lubin, Orlando, FL (18-0, 13 KOs). Charlo has shown in both previous championship fights that he means business, scoring phenomenal knockouts against title contenders John Jackson and Charles Hatley.

photo courtesy of Mvpboxpics

photo courtesy of Mvpboxpics

Both knockout performances were sensational and contenders for “Knockout of The Year” honors. Now he’s facing a young lion whose also as talented, and possesses power in both hands.

Nicknamed “The Hammer”, Lubin is an inspiration for many up and coming young fighters. At twenty-one years of age, he continues to dispatch his opponents with lightning speed and thunderous power with both hands. The young southpaw is primed and ready to take over his division with a win against the current champion, who’s making his second defense of his world championship title.

“Battling me is hazardous to health, so put a quarter in your ass cause you played yourself.” – Big Daddy Kane

The undercard of this phenomenal fight card is as stacked with a boatload of talented fighters. Former title challenger Tony Harrison, Detroit, MI (24-2, 20 KOs) is scheduled to face Paul Valenzuela Jr. (20-5, 14 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight bout. Harrison previously faced current IBF champion Hurd in his last bout, giving Hurd all he could handle until he was stopped in the ninth round of their championship bout. Harrison will be looking to capture a win against Valenzuela to up his standings towards facing one of the current champions in the future.

Cindy and Amanda Serrano - The first and only sisters (Puerto Rican) to hold world championships simultaneously - WBO featherweight champion Cindy "Checkmate" Serrano and WBO super bantamweight champion Amanda "Real Deal" Serrano

Cindy with sister Amanda Serrano – The first and only sisters to hold world championships simultaneously – WBO featherweight champion (Cindy “Checkmate” Serrano) and WBO super bantamweight champion (Amanda “Real Deal” Serrano)

WBO Featherweight World Champion Cindy Serrano (26-5-3, 10 KOs) is scheduled to make her Barclays Center debut in an eight-round special attraction bout. Cindy, one-half of the only Puerto Rican sisters in the history of boxing to hold a world championship simultaneously, is sure to be ready to electrify the fans and continue the rise of women’s boxing in the sport.


Unbeaten Local Prospects Richardson Hitchins, Julian Sosa, and Chordale Booker will be featured on this exciting night of fight. All three men are up and coming prospects, with each of them being New York Daily News Golden Gloves winners. Booker (7-0, 4 KOs) is scheduled to face his best opponent yet: Malcolm McCallister, Long Beach, CA (9-0, 8 KOs).

Julian Sosa - SosaCrewforlife

Julian Sosa – SosaCrewforlife (photo courtesy of Marilyn Paulino – @MvpBoxPics)

Both Hitchins (2-0, 1 KOs – the 2016 Haitian Olympian and Mayweather Promotions signee) and Sosa (9-0-1, 3 KOs), whose himself is coming off a successful win on 9/9/17 at the Resorts World Casino, will face respective opponents, to be announced at a later time.

Saturday, October 14, Presented by Premier Boxing Champions on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, a live tripleheader from Barclays Center is the only place that a fight fan needs to be at.

Tickets to the event are on sale now and start at $50 (not including applicable fees). Tickets can be purchased at, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays CenterGroup discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

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