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Three top bouts can thrill the Big Ap­ple, writes Daniel Her­bert

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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.

Photo: STEPHANIE TRAPP/SHOWTIME

AP­PRE­CI­ATE ME! The gifted but of­ten un­ex­cit­ing Lara [left] is favourite to fend off the chal­lenge of Gausha

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