Showtime Boxing: 154-pound Tripleheader: Lara decisions Gausha, Charlo knocks out Lubin in One and Hurd stops Trout after Ten
Published: October 15, 2017
BROOKLYN, NY – At the Barclays Center in front of a crowd 7,643 fans the 154-pound division made its case as one of boxing’s best divisions. The card had the potential of being one of the best of 2017. In the main event of the night, WBA 154-pound champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (25-2-2, 14 KOs) won a wide unanimous decision over the undefeated Terrell Gausha (20-1, 9 KOs). The scorecards were 116-111 and 117-110 twice all for Lara.
The Cuban fighter dominated from the beginning of the bout and scored a knockdown in the fourth round with a right hook-left uppercut combination. Gausha was unable to switch gears, and the bout became somewhat monotonous as every round mirrored the other. The fans at the Barclays Center became restless during parts of the fight, resorting to yelling out in unison that the fight was boring. Regardless, Lara proved that he was still one of the best at 154-pounds with the victory. Lara has not been very active and has not fought top competition in the last few years. In what will likely be the final stretch of his career, hopefully, the Cuban fighter can make some significant fights before retiring.
In the most anticipated fight of the night, WBC 154-pound champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs) made a statement to the entire division. The Houston, Texas native knocked out Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (18-1, 13 KOs) in the first round with a perfectly timed right hand. The fight was stopped at the 2:41 mark. Going into the match, Charlo had the advantage in the experience department and used this against the fighter from Orlando, Florida. Lubin is only 22 years old and will have to go back to the drawing board and gain more experience before his next title shot.
The manner in which Charlo scored his victory over Lubin puts him right at the top of the 154-pound division. Charlo is ready for any fighter in the weight class and cannot be overlooked against any opponent.
Kicking off the night's televised festivities IBF 154-pound champion Jarrett “Swift” Hurd (21-0, 15 KOs) scored the most significant victory of his career by stopping former champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (30-4, 17 KOs) after ten rounds of action. The doctor assigned to the bout decided that Trout had taken enough punishment giving Hurd the victory and the first title defense of his career. This was the first time that Trout has been stopped.
The fight itself was action-packed and filled with momentum shifts. Trout started off the bout landing straight lefts and uppercuts while stepping around Hurd. The New Mexico native had been out of the ring for 17 months and didn’t seem to show any evidence of ring rust. Hurd, who hails from Maryland, kept applying pressure on Trout and when he landed looked to move Trout off balance.
By the time the sixth round started Hurd had begun to pick up his volume of punching and pressure. Hurd at times resembled Antonio Margarito with his ability to take punches and keep coming forward. The ninth and tenth rounds were big rounds for Hurd who began to wobble Trout with every right hand he landed. Trout looked exhausted and after ten rounds returned to his corner with almost nothing left. The former champion needed to be saved from himself as he showed no quit. After the fight was stopped, Trout was upset, but he was taking a massive amount of punishment at the end of the tenth round. Even in a loss Trout is still a viable opponent and threat for any 154-pounder.
In victory, Hurd showed the tenacity and mental toughness to come back when losing against a veteran fighter. Hurd is not a perfect fighter, but he is undoubtedly one of the most exciting that the division has to offer. All three judges had Hurd ahead on the scorecards when the fight was stopped. Hurd landed 205 out of 752 total punches at a 35 percent connect rate. Trout landed 208 out of 673 total punches at a 31 percent connect rate. One of the factors that gave Hurd the victory was in the power punches department where he landed 203 out of 476 power punches at a 43 percent connect rate.
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