Tonight at 10:00 pm ET on Showtime, three world titles are on the line in the junior middleweight division, live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KO) will defend the WBA title against Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KO). It’s a big step up for Gausha, a former U.S. Olympian, the first significant test of his pro career, coming against one of the sport’s trickiest technicians.
Jermell Charlo (29-0, 14 KO) defends the WBC title against top prospect Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13 KO) in what may be the most interesting matchup of the three on paper.
Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KO) will put his IBF title on the line against veteran and former titleholder Austin Trout (30-3, 17 KO) in the opener.
We’ll have live coverage of all three bouts, with Wil Esco handling the round-by-round duties. Join us for the second half of a long night of boxing!
- Erislandy Lara def. Terrell Gausha by UD (116-111, 117-110, 117-110)
- Jermell Charlo def. Erickson Lubin by KO (2:41 of Round 1)
- Jarrett Hurd def. Austin Trout by TKO (End of Round 10)
Round By Round
Erislandy Lara vs. Terrell Gausha
Round 1: Gausha comes out and presses Lara, who calmly lands a counter jab on Gausha. Left hand follows the jab from Lara which catches Gausha. Lara tries and overhand left but Gausha is able to catch it on his glove. Left hand to the body lands for Lara, then another one. Slow opening round. Lara 10-9.
Round 2: Lara probes with the jab and then occasionally pops one out with some intent. Now Gausha attacks Lara's body but gets warned by the referee to keep the punches up. Gausha lands a jab over Lara's lead right. Lara attacks with two straight left hands that puts Gausha on the ropes momentarily. This southpaw, orthodox match-up has both fighters fencing with their lead hands. Lara feints and rushes Gausha again with a left hand that partially lands. This fight is shaping up to be a snoozer with much more feinting than punching. Lara 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: More probing jabs from both fighters for the opening 30 seconds, with no real punches thrown. Now Lara catches Gausha with a left hand. Gausha looks like he's trying to counter Lara but is almost too hesitant to do so. Lara jumps forward with a left hand again and catches Gausha unprepared. Lara 10-9.
Round 4: Gausha comes out and throws a few punches, trying to take the lead. That's probably a good idea. Lara tries to counter Gausha to the body but falls just short. Now Lara lands the straight left to the body. And yet another left hand to the body lands for Lara. The crowd boos and just as they get anxious Lara lands a right hand that drops Gausha! Gausha beats the count and we're back underway. Lara lands a right hook and Gausha tries to push Lara off of him. Lara 10-8, 40-35.
Round 5: Lara counters Gausha with a right jab over Gausha's. Lara goes back down to the body with a straight left hand, he's landing that same punch with ridiculous frequency. The crowd boos again as the action in this fight is almost non-existent. Now Gausha walks forward again and tries to put some punches together. Lara covers up and waits for Gausha to punch himself out. Lara wins the round but the fans are leaving. Lara 10-9.
Round 6: Lara comes out poking the jab against Gausha's guard. Lara once again lands a straight left to the body. Gausha's body language says he's looking to survive this fight more than win it. He's not taking any chances and he's down big on the cards. The crowd is bored and Lara is deliberate in his approach. Left to the body again lands for Lara. Now the action comes to a crawl for the final stretch. Lara 10-9, 60-53.
Round 7: More of the same in this round. Nearly a full minute passes to start without a punch of significance being thrown or landed. Lara taps Gausha to the body with a right jab, then tries to time a counter left that only partially lands. Gausha spending more time covering up and trying to not take damage than actually score points. Lara lands a left to the body, again. More boos come from the crowd who are not enjoying this fight. I can't blame them. Lara 10-9.
Round 8: Lara raps with the jab and tries to bait Gausha into throwing something he can counter. Hard right hook lands for Lara. Lara lands two lead left hands in succession. Gausha tries a short flurry on the inside but doesn't land much anything too clean. Lara throws his patented one-two combination on Gausha. Hard left to the body lands for Lara. Lara 10-9, 80-71.
Round 9: Gausha tries to press forward but misses on a couple of punches. Lara paws with his jab and looks for an opening for his straight left. Gausha times a counter left that just scrapes Lara. Gausha throws a four-punch combination and lands a shot to the body. Maybe Gausha wins this round. What the hell. Gausha 10-9.
Round 10: Gausha comes out again trying to press Lara some and walks onto some punches from Lara. Now Gausha backs away from Lara as he doesn't have the energy to throw anything. Lara tries a right hook that partially lands. Both fighters are getting a little more sloppy at this point and ending up in clinch more often. The crowd counts down the final seconds of the round as they can't wait for it to end. Lara 10-9, 99-90.
Round 11: Lara stands his ground and clips Gausha with a counter right hook. Gausha tries a shoeshine on Lara but doesn't have much steam on his punches. More and more people are walking out of the arena. On camera it looks like most the crowd has left. Lara lands a left hand to the body continues to keep control of this fight. Lara 10-9.
Round 12: Believe me when I tell you that everybody cannot wait for this fight to be over with. Luckily we've made it to the final round. Gausha comes out and tries to throw some punches but Lara smothers him. Gausha getting more aggressive now but where was this during the rest of the fight? Gausha 10-9. BLH scores the fight for Lara, 118-109.
Jermell Charlo vs. Erickson Lubin
Round 1: Lubin comes out with a probing jab and then backs off as they both try to feel each other out early. Lubin pops another jab but Charlo picks it off. Charlo tentative early, being very cautious with his approach. Lubin pops a few more jabs but they don't land clean. Charlo has been very tight on his defense but hasn't let his hands go in this opening round yet. Lubin backs off a jab to the body from Charlo and Charlo catches Lubin with a monster punch that crushes Lubin! Lubin is broken! Charlo KO-1!
Jarrett Hurd vs. Austin Trout
Round 1: Both fighters come out cautious. Hurd catches Trout with a hard jab. Trout tries an uppercut but Hurd is able to get out of the way safely. Both trade body shots and fall into one another. Another good jab lands from Hurd and Trout answers back with a leaf right hand from his southpaw stance. Trout throws several jabs to end the round and I think he edges it with his work in the second half of the round. Trout 10-9.
Round 2: Hurd gets a little more aggressive and lands several hard shots as he backs Trout to the rope - Trout smirks. Hurd looks like he's trying to walk Trout down early but Trout throws a flurry as Hurd is covering up. Trout is getting off a lot of punches as Hurd walks in, even if many aren't landing clean. Hard right hand lands for Hurt. Now Trout pivots and lands an uppercut. I think Trout wins this round on sheer activity but I don't think he can sustain this pace. Trout 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Hurd comes out and attacks Trout right away, landing several hard punches. Trout tries to fight Hurd off but seems like he's getting the better of it as the bigger, younger fighter. Both fighters are going to war early, trading combinations all around the ring! The crowd loves it! Hard uppercut to the body lands for Hurd. Trout lands a lead left hand and then Hurd catches him back with a lead right. Hard left hook lands for Hurd! Slapping right hook lands for Trout. Hurd lands another lead right and snaps Trout's head back. Hurd takes this round by physically imposing himself. Hurd 10-9.
Round 4: Hurd comes out and starts walking Trout down straight away. Trout is getting pressed to the ropes and throwing combinations to try to fight Hurd off of him. Hurd whiffs on two big punches as Trout skips away. Trout is working hard in this fight and lands a hard left! Then two more left hands land for Trout! Hurd continues to walk forward and tries to for exchanges. Now Trout is getting off a lot of punches and is tagging Hurd's leaky defense. Trout's best round. Trout 10-9, 39-37.
Round 5: Hurd lands a right uppercut to the body as he backs Trout to the ropes. Now both fighters trade straights from their respective orthodox and southpaw stances. Two hard shots land for Hurd and Trout tries to pivot back to center right and back Hurd off. Now Trout is back in his groove a bit and throwing a lot more punches than Hurd — he's picking off Hurd's forward momentum. Trout 10-9.
Round 6: Hurd comes out strong and lands several hard punches on Trout. Trout seems to need a breather at this point in the fight and Hurd is taking advantage. Hard right hand lands for Hurd as he backs Trout up. Now Trout starts fight back and the crowd gets into it as the fighters exchange! It's turned into a phone booth fight here in the sixth and Trout gets knocked back across the right with a big shot from Hurd! Trout comes back and we have a war! Hurd 10-9, 56-58.
Round 7: Trout lands a lead left hand and Hurd has a bad cut cover his left eye — he's bleeding badly. Hurd presses forward anyway and lands a hard left hook that catches Trout's attention and has him wobbling back. Hurd coming on strong as he has a sense of urgency from the blood. Hurd walks forward with his hands down and lands a couple more rights. Now Hurd looks like he's momentarily gassed and trout tries to get off some of his own shots. Hurd is looking a mess but ambushes Trout with several hooks. Interesting round to score because Hurd is bleeding badly but he landed a lot of hard shots in this round. I'm going with Hurd, 10-9.
Round 8: Replay shows Hurd's cut came from an accidental head clash. Referee has a doctor examine Hurd's eye but we're back in action. Hard left jab lands for Hurd. Hard right rocks Trout, and then a few more! Trout take the shots well but he's been getting his head snapped a lot now! Trout trying to fight Hurd off of him and is having intermittent success, but when he's not he's taking damaging blows. Clean jab lands for Trout but I think Hurd landed the most damaging shots of the round. Hurd 10-9, 76-76.
Round 9: Trout comes out bouncing on his toes as Hurd looks to press him. Uppercut lands for Hurd and Trout skips along the ropes to the other side of the ring. Right hook lands for Hurd and Trout looks like he's trying to combat Hurd's forward momentum with his feet now more than his hands. I think all those early punches he threw have taken a toll on Trout. Trout has his right eye swollen up, it looks closed. Hurd continues to walk forward and Hurd lands another long jab. Hurd 10-9.
Round 10: The doctor has a look at Trout's swollen eye before the round starts but clears him to continue. The round starts and Hurd is back to pressing Trout and backs him to the ropes. Trout lands a left hand But Trout gets a right hand in return. Hard right hand lands for Hurd again and Trout is looking a little weary. Both fighters exchange blows at center ring but Hurd can withstand the blows better. Lead right lands for Hurd again and Hurd is not fading as quickly as Trout. More right hands land for Trout and Trout is getting battered around the ring! Trout looks done to me! Hurd 10-9.
The ringside doctor and Trout's corner stops the fight in between rounds, they've seen enough. Hurd RTD-10.