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Lara vs Gausha

Tripleheader Brooklyn Press Conference!

(September 6th) Six of the top 154-pound fighters in the world spoke to media in Brooklyn Wednesday ahead of their respective Saturday, October 14 showdowns featured in a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.

 

The Premier Boxing Champions event is headlined by Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara defending against undefeated Terrell Gausha plus hard-hitting unbeaten champion Jermell "Iron Man" Charlo taking on top contender Erickson "Hammer" Lubin and "Swift" Jarrett Hurd making his first title defense against tough former world champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout.

 

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.

 

Here is what they had to say:

ERISLANDY LARA

"I like to do my talking in the ring. On October 14 that's exactly what I'm going to do. It's an honor to be headlining on SHOWTIME and we're looking forward to a great fight.

 

"I'm excited to be part of this huge card. This is a great event. These are the best guys in the division. It's a pleasure to be the main event and I look forward to putting on a show.

 

"Gausha is a good fighter. He's an Olympian and a guy who wants to win and become world champion. I know what that feels likes, but I also know what it takes. We'll see how it plays out on October 14.

 

"I'm excited for this fight. I've beat champions, former champions and now I'll add an Olympian. After I take care of business I look forward to unifying the division.

 

"My prayers and my thoughts are with everyone down in Houston. I have family and friends who were affected. It's a sad situation, but Houston has to be strong. That's why I'm going to have "Houston Strong" on my trunks because we all need to stick together and unite. That's the way we'll make it through."

 

TERRELL GAUSHA

"I was extremely excited to get the call for this fight. I've been working for this my whole career and it's a great opportunity. Lara is considered to be the best in the division and I want to fight the best. Now is my time.

 

"I'll have to make adjustments in there. Obviously with Lara you have to cut the ring off. We have a game plan that I'm going to go in there and execute on October 14.

 

"I'm fighting a tough competitor. He's crafty. We all know he has skills. But I've prepared for this and I'm going to do what I have to do. I like to do my talking in the ring and I'll leave it all on the line on fight night.

 

"I'm a more mature fighter now. I'm a true professional. I've been through some things in my career that have helped me leading up to this fight. I'm well-seasoned and ready for the test.

 

"I'm training with my coach Manny Robles in Norwalk, California and it's been going really well. We're adding a few things for this fight but mostly just putting in the same hard work that we always do.

 

"I'm blessed to be in this position. I feel like all my hard work is paying off now that I'm on a big card like this. I worked hard and I deserve this chance."

 

JERMELL CHARLO

"I'm honored to be in Brooklyn. This is another exciting fight card like the last card I was on here. I did what I had to do in April. I let the opponent run his mouth and then I took care of him. I'm going to let that happen again.

 

"I have to take advantage of this opportunity. I know that I have a lot of advantages but I just need to go seize the moment. He's a tough, strong fighter who's going to be ready to take my title.

 

"It's interesting to see a guy as young as he is come for a world title. I've been here a long time in the pro game. It's a big stage for both of us. I've fought a lot of tough guys up to this point. This is what I've been preparing for.

 

"I want to fight Jarrett Hurd after this. I'd also like to get an opportunity to unify against Miguel Cotto. I want to show the old guard that the Charlo twins are as good as anyone.

 

"I got my hands full with Ericskon Lubin and I know he comes to fight. He's a dog, but I'm an animal as well. I'm going to step up and do what I've done each time before.

 

"I'm doing this for Houston. Houston is going through a lot. My friends and family are all affected. It really doesn't seem real to me. I'm ready to help however I can."

 

ERICKSON LUBIN

"This is the fight I asked for. I said I wanted to go the WBC route and when it was officially announced I was really excited. I've been training for this since my last fight. I'm even more motivated now to go get the belt.

 

"I've been sparring with bigger guys. Guys who throw one-two combos like Jermell. I'm getting prepared mentally and physically for this fight.

 

"Jermell has some power. He moves pretty well, but I'll be prepared for everything. Whether he pressures or boxes me I'll be prepared.

 

"I laugh at people who say this is too soon for me. Mike Tyson was 19 when he dared to be great. This is the perfect time for me to show that I'm not a regular 21-year-old.

 

"This is a stacked card we have here and I'm ready to showcase my talent. I want to prove I'm the best in this division. I think we're bringing back the era of all fighters going out there and giving it their all each time they step into the ring. I always steal the show and I'm planning to do that October 14."

 

JARRETT HURD

"It means everything to be defending my belt on a card like this. I fought here at Barclays Center on the Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter undercard so to be back here against a veteran in Austin Trout is great. I can't wait to put on a show.

 

"We're going to have two buses of fans coming up here. The 'Swift' fans will be in the house. It's going to be a great atmosphere on fight night.

 

"In my last bout, Tony Harrison won some early rounds by boxing me, so we've known that my next opponent is going to try to outbox me. We expect him to move around and use the ring against me.

 

"This has been a long training camp. We've had this bout set for a long time. We're more than prepared.

 

"We've been training to catch a 'Trout.' We'll put the bait out there and let him come in. If he doesn't take the bait, we'll step right in the water and get him out of there.

 

"I'm going to keep the pressure on him. I'm planning on attacking the body and making sure I cut off the ring. He's going to be on the move so I have to be prepared.

 

"My fans can expect a stoppage on October 14. He's got three losses against great opponents but none have been able to stop him. I'm going to separate myself by being the first to do it."

 

AUSTIN TROUT

"This is going to put me back to where I belong. Right back on top. This is for my legacy so this is of the utmost importance.

 

"It's an honor to be on a card like this. I'm blessed to be a part of this great lineup of fighters. This place is the new hotspot of boxing and I can't wait to perform.

 

"Hurd is tall, he's a big guy who I think is going to come forward. We're preparing for the best possible Hurd that there could be.

 

"I'm ready to take my career to a whole new level. I've been in big fights, but none like this. There is so much riding on this fight. He wants to make a name for himself off of my name.

 

"He didn't have to take this fight and I'm happy he did. But he messed up. I'm leaving the ring with his belt and his '0.' I want to stake my claim as the best in the division.

 

"I'm coming home as a world champion. I'll be a two-time world champion who's going to unify this division. I'm going to have my hand raised at the end of the night."

 

LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment

"This is going to be a sensational show. If you're a boxing fan this is going to be an amazing show. It's going to bring some clarity to the division with six talented guys matching off. It's a boxing fan's fight and it's priced that way.

 

"What boxing needs is the best matchups. Boxing needs shows like this. These are the kind of shows that SHOWTIME has been showing for the last few years. There is no question that they're the number one network in boxing.

 

"This card is about finding out who will be the last man standing in the 154-pound division. It starts on October 14 and it'll all go down on SHOWTIME."

 

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive VP & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports

"Last week we had the world's attention for an unprecedented event in Mayweather vs. McGregor. What this sport needs to do to continue to expand is to follow that up with high quality boxing matchups. That's why this card is so important. It was critical that we had a top to bottom high quality card to capture those people who started paying attention to boxing on Aug. 26.

 

"Over the last couple of years, SHOWTIME along with Barclays Center and DiBella Entertainment have brought fans the biggest and best fights in boxing. This might be the highest quality card from top to bottom since we started working with Barclays Center.

 

"This tripleheader will be the 18th, 19th and 20th world title fights this year on SHOWTIME. More than anyone else. More important and meaningful fights than anyone else. This is a talent-rich division we've been showcasing for years.

 

"I've never had any doubts about boxing's future. Boxing is very healthy. All you have to do is look at these six fighters in their prime, taking on top competition. I know that this sport is in very good health."

 

BRETT YORMARK, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

"It has been an incredible year for BROOKLYN BOXING. Probably the best since we opened Barclays Center. On October, 28, we will celebrate our fifth anniversary. We're very committed to boxing, not only showcasing the best and brightest talent, but to use it as a platform for those who aspire to get in this ring. We're committed to their futures.

 

"There are a lot of championships on the line which should make it a great night. All of these fights promise to bring action to our great fans. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 14th."

(August 30th) A trio of 154-pound world champions will defend their titles as part of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader headlined by Erislandy Lara defending against undefeated Terrell Gausha, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday, October 14 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.

 

The card, promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, will feature four undefeated 154-pound boxers and will pave the way for an undisputed king of the 154-pound division.

 

Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs), generally recognized as the best boxer in the super welterweight division and its longest reigning champion, will defend his title against undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs). 

 

In the co-main event, hard-hitting unbeaten champion Jermell "Iron Man" Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs) takes on top contender Erickson "Hammer" Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs) while "Swift" Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs) will make his first title defense against tough former world champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout (30-3, 17 KOs).

 

"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.''

 

"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."

 

Lara, a 34-year-old Cuban southpaw, owns victories over Trout, Alfredo Angulo and a slew of former champions and top contenders in addition to a controversial split decision loss to Canelo Alvarez on the way to cementing his credentials as the top boxer in the division. Lara will make the seventh defense of his world title as he continues to train with renowned trainer Ronnie Shields. 

 

"I'm very excited to be making another title defense back on SHOWTIME headlining a great tripleheader," said Lara. "This is an interesting fight versus an undefeated U.S. Olympian in Terrell Gausha. I know he will be ready because it's his opportunity to beat the best fighter in the division and become a champion. But come fight night, he will quickly realize and know why I'm the consensus No. 1 super welterweight in the world.  After this performance, I look forward to, one-by-one, adding a WBC and IBF title to my collection."

 

The 29-year-old Gausha, of Cleveland, Ohio, earned a shot at the world title with solid victories in his last two matches. He won a hard-fought decision over Steven Martinez last August and followed it up with another impressive victory over Luis Hernandez on Feb. 10.  Lara figures to be his toughest battle in his pro career that dates back to 2012.

 

"I've been talking about this since I was a three-year-old watching Muhammad Ali on television," said Gausha. "I'm here now and blessed for this opportunity. Lara's a tough fighter, champion and the best opponent I'll fight on paper. He's been in with the bigger names. But the better the opponent, the better I am, and I'm coming to dethrone him. He's crafty, but the world hasn't seen all that I can bring to the table. I'll make adjustments on the fly and do things that I've never shown before. Seeing other Olympic team members win titles gives me motivation to earn the victory and the notoriety I've been looking for."

 

Charlo of Houston, Texas will be making the second defense of his title, which he won by knockout victory over John Jackson on May 21, 2016. The 27-year-old Charlo successfully defended the title with a highlight reel knockout victory over fellow Texan Charles Hatley on April 22 at Barclays Center. He and his twin brother, Jermall, both held world titles at 154-pounds, before Jermall relinquished his title to move up to 160 pounds. Charlo now trains in Dallas with Derrick James, trainer of world champion Errol Spence Jr.

 

"Lubin is young and hungry and I know he always comes to fight, but there's a reason why I'm where I am in the sport," said Charlo. "I've been through the trenches and I don't plan to stop anytime soon. This is what boxing always needs -- two young, undefeated fighters willing to risk their '0'. But I think it's a little early for Lubin to step in the ring with me, and I plan on keeping my title. October 14 I'll show everyone why I'm a world champion."

 

Lubin, 21, is nicknamed "The Hammer'' because of his power in both hands and his ability to bring a quick conclusion to every match. Lubin of Orlando, Fla., has picked up 10 victories since the beginning of 2015 including seven knockouts on his way to contender status. Lubin most recently scored a sensational knockout of Jorge Cota in a title eliminator in March at Barclays Center.

 

"This is a fight for the fans," said Lubin. "You have an undefeated champion against an undefeated Prospect of the Year. I'm very excited to be fighting for the belt and it's truly been a dream of mine ever since I first got into boxing. Come fight night, Charlo will either give it to me or I'm going to rip the belt out of his hands. Many fans and reporters have said that he's one of the best, and that will make it even sweeter. My mentality will be to seek and destroy, so everyone tune-in to SHOWTIME on October 14, you will witness boxing's new superstar!"

 

Hurd, 26, will be making the first defense of the title that he won with a KO victory over Tony Harrison on Feb. 25. Fighting out of Accokeek, Maryland, Hurd soared up the rankings with stoppage victories over previously unbeaten fighters Frank Galarza and Oscar Molina at Barclays Center plus veteran Jo Jo Dan.

 

"I got a Trout to catch,'' said Hurd. "His losses have all been to top champions Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara and Jermall Charlo. But I'm on a streak of six straight knockouts and Trout has never been stopped, so I'm looking for the stoppage to make a statement that the other fighters couldn't make. This is definitely my toughest fight, and I didn't have to take it since it's a voluntary defense. But I wanted this fight to stop Austin Trout, proving to the fans and people in general I'm the real deal and a true champion."

 

Trout, a 31-year-old southpaw from Las Cruces, New Mexico, has faced some of the top 154-pound boxers in the division. He defeated Miguel Cotto in New York to win a title in 2012 and has close losses to Canelo Alvarez and Lara on his resume. In his most recent attempt at winning the title, Trout gave Jermall Charlo perhaps the toughest test of his career after looking impressive in four straight victories leading up to the challenge.

 

'What a blessing it is to have this opportunity at a world title shot," said Trout. "I want to thank everyone who has been in my corner to help get me career defining fights. It's refreshing to see young champions showing heart and testing their skill with the best in the game. With that said, salute to Hurd for allowing this fight to go through."

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