Showtime Erislandy Lara vs Terrell Gausha, Jermell Charlo vs Erickson Lubin, and Jarrett Hurd vs Austin Trout
BY KID HERSH
Showtime featured a tripleheader card from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, that everyone has been eagerly anticipating due to the great matchmaking.
First up on the card was Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14KO's) vs Austin Trout (30-3, 17KO's). The referee was Eddie Claudio. In the first round the veteran Trout took control of the fight early on with a stiff jab and a very straight left hand. Hurd seemed a bit stiff and robotic as he tried to land quick counters sporadically. Trout continued his success in the second round as the champion Hurd seemed like a punching bag. This continued into the third round, with Trout using a lot of energy but easily winning the rounds as he was hitting the plodding champion at ease. Hurd, however, was not getting discouraged at all whatsoever. Hurd continued plodding forward and as the rounds went on he was landing slightly more punches little by little. In the fifth round in particular he landed some vicious right hands that appeared to start a mouse below Trouts left eye. Despite these successful punches in spurts I have Trout winning every single round on accuracy and output and while he has been a ring general the majority of the fight one has to wonder if that is waning just a bit as the middle rounds come on. The sixth round was a real doozy and a contender for round of the year as Hurd seemed hurt early on in the round and Trout was loading up on his punches to inflict further damage but then at the end of the round Hurd landed a right hand that stunned Trout! Neither man went down in the round but they traded their best shots in a great round. The seventh round was a great one also that had me wondering if we were seeing a potential fight of the year candidate develop. Hurd had another good round in the seventh as Trout appeared to be getting tired and fading just a bit. Hurd was very tired himself but carrying his power which is starting to be the determining factor in the fight. Hurd was bleeding from an accidental clash of heads and dropping his hands very frequently while walking Trout down. Trout seemed to be hanging on the eighth round by just a thread while fighting off of instincts and looking to buy time. He was landing very solid blows on Hurd still but Hurd is just walking through everything while showing chin and toughness that he has had a glimmer of in past fights. The fight continued much the same way until the tenth round. Trout looked great to start the round and was boxing well throughout it until again Jarrett Hurds power came into play as he had Trout reeling at the end of the tenth from power punches landing from awkward angles. Trout stayed on his feet, just barely, only to have his corner stop the fight while he protesting on the stool. This is really a great win for Hurd as he is the first person to stop Trout and shows yet again that while he has serious deficiencies in some ways he is very strong when it comes to chin, durability, and power.
Next up was Jermell Charlo (29-0, 14KO's) vs Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13KO's). The referee was Harvey Dock. The fight did not last long as the two fighters were gauging each other in the first round until suddenly near the end of the round Charlo landed a right hand to the chin that crumpled up Lubin on the canvas and had his legs kicking as his brain wanted to get up but his body simply couldn't. Huge win for Charlo and a huge blow to Lubin.
Main event time featuring Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14KO's) vs Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9KO's). The referee was Charlie Fitch. The first round was very slow, as many including myself expected this fight to be, with both men looking to find their range while staying away from power shots. After the first round Lara started to press forward and was putting some slight pressure on Gausha, who is covering up and does not have much of an offense going. This continued into the fourth round where Lara scored a knockdown off a left uppercut midway through the round right when fans were starting to boo from a lack of action! Gausha rose and was not seriously hurt more so than likely being a bit embarrassed from being so squared up. Lara continued his clinic in the coming rounds in his signature Lara/Cuban fashion. He had Gausha scared to throw anything other than a pecking jab in fear of being countered in return. In the seventh round Gausha uncorked a couple of right hands that landed flush and were powerful making it the best round of the fight for him but surprisingly, or perhaps not so surprisingly at this point, the round was still a snoozefest as Gausha seemed happy to land two right hands and then dance around the ring while trying to not engage Lara. Lara was in range and looking to counter Gausha but he simply could not get him to unload. There was not much to write about as the rounds were repeats of the previous and Lara would win the UD in a terrible stylistic matchup of a fight.