There’s a lot on the line in Brooklyn on Saturday
by Bryan Fonseca
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Jermell Charlo (right) defended his title against Charles Hatley in Brooklyn in April.
Jermell Charlo (right) defended his title against Charles Hatley in Brooklyn in April.
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Boxing returns to Barclays Center on Saturday, October 14, highlighted by a triple-header of world-title bouts in the stuffed and ultra-competitive 154-pound class.

The huge night will be closed out by Cuban-born Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs), the longest reining titlist of the three world champions, who’ll defend his belts against undefeated challenger Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs), a Cleveland native who represented America in the 2012 London Olympics.

Lara has held his WBA World Super Welterweight strap since being promoted from interim champion prior to his December 12, 2014, defense, when he outpointed Ishe Smith in Las Vegas. The next June, he earned a vacant IBO World Title, and has held both titles since.

“I like to do my talking in the ring,” said Lara in a pre-fight press conference. “I’m excited for this fight. I’ve beaten champions, former champions, and now I’ll add an Olympian. After I take care of business I look forward to unifying the division.”

For Lara, whose two defeats are highly debated and even viewed as wins in some boxing circles, he hasn’t “lost” since a disputed decision against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in July 2014. This is his first fight in Barclays Center since December of 2013, when he defeated Austin Trout.

Speaking of Trout, who is (30-3, 17 KOs), he’s also fighting at Barclays, in what could be his last opportunity at a world title.

Trout, who famously upset Miguel Cotto in Madison Square Garden five years ago, will stand across Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs). Hurd, 27, earned his first title shot and took advantage back in February, defeating Tony Harrison for the then vacant IBF World Title.

“This is going to put me back to where I belong,” said Trout. “This is for my legacy, so this is of the utmost importance. I’m ready to take my career to a whole new level. I’ve been in big fights, but none like this. He didn’t have to take this fight and I’m happy he did, but he messed up.”

Trout is fighting for the first time since May 2016, making this the longest layoff of his career. Then, Trout lost to Jermell Charlo by decision in Houston, the home of Charlo and his twin Jermell.

Jermell (29-0, 14 KOs), who successfully defended his WBC World Title at Barclays back in April, will also be a part of October’s boxing night, returning to the borough to face unbeaten Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs). Lubin, 22, is viewed as one of the most promising young fighters in the sport, making this possibly the best matchup of the night.

“I’m honored to be in Brooklyn,” said Charlo. “I want to fight Jarrett Hurd after this, and 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.”

Featured fighters on the undercard include two-time world champion Cindy Serrano (26-5-3, 10 KOs), and undefeated young Brooklyn-based upstarts like Mexican-American welterweight Julian Sosa (9-0-1, 3 KOs), 2016 Haitian Olympian Richardson Hitchins (2-0, 1 KO), and hard hitting Chordale Booker (7-0, 4 KOs), along with Bronx-born heavyweight George Arias (8-0, 4 KOs).

The event will air on Showtime, and is one of several marquee slates in a stacked autumn that also includes a Deontay Wilder title defense at Barclays on November 4, and an all-world clash between Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux on December 2 at Madison Square Garden.
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