Brooklyn Boxing World Championship Triple-Header Preview
This Saturday, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will feature a showcase of exciting boxing matchups. Each of these bouts will be a contest of youth versus experience. And three prospects put their undefeated records on the line to make a name for themselves, alongside their opponents.
Austin Trout (30-3, 17 KO’s) is set to return against IBF light middleweight champion, Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KO’s.) The flashy Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13 KO’s) will face WBC light middleweight champion, Jermell Charlo (29-0, 14 KO’s). And the main event will be headlined by 2012 Olympian, Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KO’s) and WBA and IBO light middleweight champion, Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KO’s). Here’s how I break these fights down.
Hurd vs Trout
I see the Hurd versus Trout matchup as the most competitive one on this card. Hurd is very much hittable but he proved he change a fight’s momentum with a TKO win against the sturdy Tony Harrison. While Trout faired well against a young Canelo Alvarez in 2013, many feel that his best days are behind him. He was dropped in his unanimous decision loss to Erislandy Lara. His inactivity has been bothersome, having only fought four times in three years. I expect Trout to land frequently– but just a notch under the younger Hurd. I’m picking Jarrett Hurd in a close one by split decision.
Charlo vs Lubin
Erickson Lubin and Jermell Charlo will be competitive as well. Charlo at 27 has eleven more professional bouts than Lubin. His stoppage of John Jackson after being down on the scorecards shows his persistence in an uphill battle. And Charlo also benefits from being able to work with IBF junior middleweight champion, Jermall Charlo (his brother), and spar with IBF welterweight champion, Errol Spence. These things combined will give him the experience advantage over the 22-year-old Lubin. Lubin is anxious to get in the ring, and “tired of talking”, but his 13 KO’s in 18 fights aren’t enough proof that he’ll be able to dominate Charlo this early in his career. I’m picking Charlo by unanimous decision.
Lara vs Gausha
And finally, there is the main event between Erislandy Lara and Terrell Gausha. Erislandy Lara is known for his movement and technique, holding a sizeable edge in experience over Guasha. His 14 KO’s don’t imply that he’s a power puncher, but dropping Austin Trout and stopping Alfredo Angulo proves he has enough pop to hurt Gausha. Lara will box this kid’s socks off as Gausha has never even been matched professionally against an undefeated fighter. Gausha was also rumored to have been knocked down in a four-round bout by an inactive 2-4 fighter, in William Waters. Olympic greatness doesn’t guarantee success as a professional boxer. And all evidence overwhelmingly supports the case that Lara will easily defeat Gausha. I’m picking Lara by 10th round stoppage.
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