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Showtime Boxing: Lara vs. Gausha fight card preview

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Showtime presents a triple-header of quality title fights this Saturday night – get the details in our fight by fight preview here.

PBC is taking over the boxing world Saturday night, with a card airing on Fox at 7:30 p.m. ET (preview here) and then another on Showtime later that night. Fox may have the bigger platform, but Showtime got the better card, with three title fights and some intriguing matches. Here’s a fight by fight preview.

(Showtime, Sat. Oct. 14, 9:00 p.m. ET)

Erislandy Lara (24-2-2; 14 KO) vs. Terrell Gausha (20-0; 9 KO)
12 rounds, Super Welterweight (154 lbs.)
Cuba’s Erislandy Lara is one of the best technical fighters in the game today, and he’s got the record to show it. His only losses are a disputed decision against Canelo and a close 2011 loss to Paul Williams. He’s ranked #1 in the division by Ring Magazine, but his style is not for everyone, as he’s far from a KO artist and is seen by some to be boring. Not me though – he’s so technically strong that he embodies the idea of boxing as the sweet science. He’s defending his WBA belt here against Terrell Gausha, an undefeated 30 year old. Gausha represented the US in the 2012 Olympics and turned pro shortly after that. In his 5 year pro career he’s been progressing nicely in his level of opponent, but he’s never faced anyone close to Lara. He’s in deep water here.

Jermell Charlo (29-0; 14 KO) vs. Erickson Lubin (18-0; 13 KO)
12 rounds, Super Welterweight (154 lbs.)
This one is a very good fight between two undefeated top 10 fighters. Charlo is the more highly regarded fighter, as he brings in the WBC title and is ranked #2 while Lubin is at #8. Charlo comes in off two good KO wins in title fights, first over John Jackson then Charles Hatley. The Jackson fight showed great grit, as Charlo had to come from behind to put Jackson on the mat and ultimately end his night. Lubin is just 22 years old, and earned this shot with his March win over Jorge Cota. While Charlo is far from an old vet by any means, Lubin is more of the young prospect here. Both men are still improving, but it seems like Lubin is the one where we still don’t know exactly where his ceiling might be. That makes this a great fight, as Charlo is the understandable favorite, but Lubin is a very ready spoiler.

Jarrett Hurd (20-0; 14 KO) vs. Austin Trout (30-3; 17 KO)
12 rounds, Super Welterweight (154 lbs.)
The third title fight here is for the IBF belt held by the #6 ranked Hurd, as he takes on the #5 ranked Trout. Hurd won that title in February, using his power to get past the seemingly superior boxing skills of opponent Tony Harrison, ending the fight in the 9th round. This is his first title defense. Trout had a huge career-making win in 2012 when he defeated Miguel Cotto in Cotto’s “home arena” of MSG. That fight earned him a shot at Canelo Alvarez, and like Erislandy Lara, Trout lost that fight, but not without some judging controversy. He’s 4-2 since the Canelo fight with decision losses to Lara and, in his last fight, Jermell’s brother Jermall Charlo. Along the way, he’s seemed to become pretty bitter about boxing judging, and you can see why – with slightly different judging he wins the Canelo and Charlo fights, and he’s in a completely different place. But this is where he is today. He’s got a great shot at a title here. To win it, he just needs to show he can put the Charlo loss behind him, focus up, and get it done.

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