Three top bouts can thrill the Big Apple, writes Daniel Herbert
Plenty of action in California and New York with Santa Cruz, Lara and more
THANKS to Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez middleweight has become a must-follow division – but if you look closely you’ll see that just one weight down, the super-welters have been stockpiling talent.
On Saturday (October 14) the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York hosts a PBC show pitting six top 154lbs fighters against each other in three excellent matches: Erislandy Lara-terrell Gausha, Jermell Charlo-erickson Lubin and Jarrett Hurd-austin Trout (Showtime televise in the USA).
Lara, 24-2-2 (14), has called out Floyd Mayweather and Golovkin but his negative, overly cautious southpaw style has won him few fans. So the Houstonbased Cuban finds himself defending his WBA Super and IBO belts against Gausha, who represented the USA at the 2012 London Olympics.
Cleveland’s Gausha, 20-0 (9), is promising but much less experienced than Lara, who lost a very close decision to Canelo and beat Trout. The Cuban is ageing at 34 but should retain on points.
Possibly the best fight on the card is the WBC title defence by Charlo, 29-0 (14), against Lubin, who is also uneaten at 18-0 (13) yet stepping up to this level for the first time.
Houston’s Charlo, whose twin Jermall is a middleweight contender, has won both his world title contests inside the distance, but against average opposition. Orlando’s Lubin, a southpaw, is five years younger at 22 and can confirm all his suspected talent by triumphing on points.
Finally, the IBF belt is at stake when Maryland’s Hurd, 20-0 (14), defends against El Paso southpaw Austin Trout. The 33-year-old challenger did outpoint Miguel Cotto back in 2012 but he’s since lost to Canelo, Lara and Jermall Charlo (his most recent fight, in May 2016). The fresher Hurd, 27, can win clearly on the cards.
THE VERDICT A busy autumn for New York City fight fans kicks off with a talent-packed show.
APPRECIATE ME! The gifted but often unexciting Lara [left] is favourite to fend off the challenge of Gausha