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 Erislandy Lara Defending Title Against Unbeaten Terrell Gausha; Also Features Unbeaten Champion Jermell Charlo Against Top Challenger Erickson Lubin, and Jarrett Hurd in First Defense Against Former World Champion Austin Trout
 

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BROOKLYN (Aug. 30, 2017) – A trio of 154-pound world champions will defend their titles as part of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader headlined by Erislandy Lara defending against undefeated Terrell Gausha, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday, October 14 live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING¬ģ.

The card, promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, will feature four undefeated 154-pound boxers and will pave the way for an undisputed king of the 154-pound division.

Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs), generally recognized as the best boxer in the super welterweight division and its longest reigning champion, will defend his title against undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs).

In the co-main event, hard-hitting unbeaten champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs) takes on top contender Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs), while “Swift” Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs) will make his first title defense against tough former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (30-3, 17 KOs).

“On¬†October 14¬†at Barclays Center, three world champions will be defending their belts, on SHOWTIME, in a night of tremendous super welterweight action,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Long reigning Cuban Erislandy Lara takes on undefeated Olympian Terrell Gausha and newly crowned Jarrett Hurd faces respected former world champion Austin Trout. This card also features one of the best matchups that can be made between two undefeated fighters, champion Jermell Charlo and young sensation Erickson Lubin.”

“This is a blockbuster card for boxing fans,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “The 154-pound division is full of talent and this card is loaded with the best champions and top-ranked contenders in the division. The guy who will be the eventual king of the division is fighting on this show and the fans will be treated to matches that will determine who that unified champion will be.”

Tickets to the event will go on sale on tomorrow, August 31 at 10 a.m. ET and start at $50 (not including applicable fees). Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center starting Friday, September 1 at noon ET. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

“We are thrilled to continue our best year yet of BROOKLYN BOXING with our fifth major boxing event of 2017,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “We always aim to deliver fight fans an evening packed with top-notch matchups from start to finish, and this card certainly does that.”

Lara, a 34-year-old Cuban southpaw, owns victories over Trout, Alfredo Angulo and a slew of former champions and top contenders in addition to a controversial split decision loss to Canelo Alvarez on the way to cementing his credentials as the top boxer in the division. Lara will make the seventh defense of his world title as he continues to train with renowned trainer Ronnie Shields.

“I’m very excited to be making another title defense back on SHOWTIME headlining a great tripleheader,” said Lara. “This is an interesting fight versus an undefeated U.S. Olympian in Terrell Gausha. I know he will be ready because it’s his opportunity to beat the best fighter in the division and become a champion. But come fight night, he will quickly realize and know why I’m the consensus No. 1 super welterweight in the world.¬† After this performance, I look forward to, one-by-one, adding a WBC and IBF title to my collection.”

The 29-year-old Gausha, of Cleveland, Ohio, earned a shot at the world title with solid victories in his last two matches. He won a hard-fought decision over Steven Martinez last August and followed it up with another impressive victory over Luis Hernandez on Feb. 10.  Lara figures to be his toughest battle in his pro career that dates back to 2012.

I’ve been talking about this since I was a three-year-old watching Muhammad Ali on television,” said Gausha. “I’m here now and blessed for this opportunity.¬†Lara’s a tough fighter, champion and the best opponent I’ll fight on paper. He’s been in with the bigger names. But the better the opponent, the better I am, and I’m coming to dethrone him. He’s crafty, but the world hasn’t seen all that I can bring to the table. I’ll make adjustments on the fly and do things that I’ve never shown before. Seeing other Olympic team members win titles gives me motivation to earn the victory and the notoriety I’ve been looking for.”

Charlo of Houston, Texas will be making the second defense of his title, which he won by knockout victory over John Jackson on May 21, 2016. The 27-year-old Charlo successfully defended the title with a highlight reel knockout victory over fellow Texan Charles Hatley on April 22 at Barclays Center. He and his twin brother, Jermall, both held world titles at 154-pounds, before Jermall relinquished his title to move up to 160 pounds. Charlo now trains in Dallas with Derrick James, trainer of world champion Errol Spence Jr.

“Lubin is young and hungry and I know he always comes to fight, but there’s a reason why I’m where I am in the sport,” said Charlo. “I’ve been through the trenches and I don’t plan to stop anytime soon. This is what boxing always needs — two young, undefeated fighters willing to risk their ‘0’. But I think it’s a little early for Lubin to step in the ring with me, and I plan on keeping my title.¬†October 14¬†I’ll show everyone why I’m a world champion.”

Lubin, 21, is nicknamed “The Hammer” because of his power in both hands and his ability to bring a quick conclusion to every match. Lubin of Orlando, Fla., has picked up 10 victories since the beginning of 2015 including seven knockouts on his way to contender status. Lubin most recently scored a sensational knockout of Jorge Cota in a title eliminator in March at Barclays Center.

“This is a fight for the fans,” said Lubin. “You have an undefeated champion against an undefeated Prospect of the Year. I’m very excited to be fighting for the belt and it’s truly been a dream of mine ever since I first got into boxing. Come fight night, Charlo will either give it to me or I’m going to rip the belt out of his hands. Many fans and reporters have said that he’s one of the best, and that will make it even sweeter. My mentality will be to seek and destroy, so everyone tune-in to SHOWTIME on¬†October 14, you will witness boxing’s new superstar!”

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ERISLANDY “THE AMERICAN DREAM” LARA

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Erislandy Lara Gains U.S Citizenship

 

HOUSTON, TX (February 16, 2017) – WBA and IBO super-welterweight champion, Erislady “The American Dream” Lara, is truly living the American dream since he has now completed all the eligibility requirements to become a U.S citizen. ¬†Erislandy, along with his wife Yudi, took an oath of allegiance to the United States today, solidifying their citizenship.

 

Lara, who made his U.S. boxing debut in Primm, Nevada, in January of 2009, is elated about gaining his U.S. citizenship.  He reflects on the long journey it took to become a U.S citizen. 

 

“When I arrived in the United States in 2008, my main goal was to become a citizen of this great nation.” said Erislandy Lara. ¬†“It brings me great joy to know that I am now a legal citizen of the United States of America.¬† It’s been a long journey to get where I’m at today, and I couldn’t have done it without my beautiful wife Yudi.¬† Together, we fulfilled all the legal requirements that were mandated to become a U.S citizen.”

 

“Living in here in the States has been a tremendous blessing to me and my family.” Lara continued. “With hard work, and the help of many good people around me, I’ve been able to provide for my loved ones. ¬†My goal is to continue my boxing career with my core team, and someday, God willing, become a Boxing Hall of Famer.”

 

Mario Serrano

Publicist – Team Lara

boxingpublicist@aol.com 

(408) 607-5756

 

Floyd Mayweather Jr is in Washington, DC for the inauguration and a post-inauguration party featuring French Montana and Fat Joe.

 

Erislandy Lara open to fighting Jermell Charlo

 

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Listen in as Badou Jack “The Ripper”¬†and James “Chunky” DeGale chime in on their World super middleweight unification bout this Saturday.

 

Also check out Jose “Sniper” Pedraza vs. Gervonta “Tank” Davis for Pedraza’s IBF junior lightweight (super featherweight) title.

 

Also, additional fights will take place on Showtime Extreme.

 

Make sure you catch them, as well as Friday The 13th card on PBC on Spike.  In the main event Erislandy Lara vs. Yuri Foreman.

 

 

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Plus! Former Bantamweight World Champion Juan Carlos Payano
Returns to Face Mexico’s Isao Gonzalo Carranza
&
Lightweight Prospect Dennis Galarza, Miami’s Joey Hernandez & Undefeated Prospect Robert Daniels Jr. In Separate Bouts
 
MIAMI (January 4, 2017) – Undefeated prospects Miguel Cruz (13-0, 11 KOs) and Alex Martin (13-0, 5 KOs) will meet in a welterweight showdown featured on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Friday, January 13 from Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami.
 
PBC on Spike is headlined by super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara taking on former world champion Yuri Foreman. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT with former super middleweight world champion Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell battling Hungary’s Norbert Nemesapati in a 10-round bout.
 
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing, are priced at $25, $35, $50, $75, $100 and $125, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.myticketforce.com by clicking HERE, by phone at (877) 840-0457 or at the Hialeah Park casino cage.
 
Additional action will feature former world champion Juan Carlos Payano (17-1, 8 KOs) taking on Mexico’s Isao Gonzalo Carranza (15-7-1, 8 KOs) in bantamweight action plus middleweight brawler Joey Hernandez (24-4-1, 14 KOs) facing Nicaragua’s Edwin Palacios (12-4-1, 8 KOs) in a six-round bout.
 
Rounding out the night of fights is lightweight prospect Dennis Galarza (13-2, 8 KOs) in a six-round matchup against Puerto Rico’s Edgardo Rivera (7-4-2, 5 KOs) and undefeated prospect Robert Daniels Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) of Miami battling Puerto Rico’s Antonio Alicea (0-1) in a four-round light heavyweight fight.
 
Born in Aguada, Puerto Rico and now residing in Lake Mary, Florida, the 26-year-old Cruz was a member of the Puerto Rico National Team as an amateur. He turned pro in 2012 and picked up five victories in 2015 as he ended fights with Virgil Green, Daniel Rodriguez, Eli Addison, Juan Rodriguez, Travis Hartman and Anthony Abbruzzese inside the distance. Most recently, Cruz earned a decision victory over previously unbeaten Samuel Figueroa in their May 2016 showdown.
 
A highly-regarded amateur fighter out of Chicago, Martin was a 2012 Olympic alternate in addition to earning multiple National Golden Gloves titles and boasting a 340-10 record. The 27-year-old turned pro in April 2013 and stopped his first five opponents inside of the distance. Martin picked up two victories in 2016 beating experienced opponents Juan Carlos Abreu and Rosemberg Gomez as he prepares for January 13 bout.
 
The two-time Dominican Olympian Payano will start his path towards another world title after first becoming a champion via a technical decision over Anselmo Moreno in September 2014. The accomplished amateur won gold at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean games with victories over McJoe Arroyo and Yoandris Salinas. The 32-year-old defeated Jundy Maraon, Jose Silveria and Luis Maldonado on the way to his title shot and most recently comes off a pair of exciting fights with Rau’shee Warren that saw him defense his title in August 2015 and lose in June 2016.
 
Representing Distrito Federal, Mexico, Carranza has fought professionally since 2010 and won 10 of his first 11 fights. The 30-year-old enters this fight with his last victory coming over Willy Velazquez before his most recent challenge of Alejandro Hernandez for a Mexican title. Carranza will be making his U.S. debut when he enters the ring on January 13.
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Boxing trainer Orlando Cuellar goes Back to the Future at 5th St. Gym

MIAMI (October 26, 2016) — Internationally renowned boxing trainer Orlando Cuellar has come full circle,¬† right back to the famed 5th St. Gym in South Beach, where he once visited as a teenager to learn and now trains fighters out of six days a week.

 

Born in Havana, Cuba, Cuellar’s family resettled in Miami when he was three with Orlando living there through high school.¬† As an amateur boxer, Cuellar vividly remembers watching boxers at 5th St. Gym such as Cassius Clay, Willie Pastrano, Vinnie Curto and Florentino Fernandez, as well as legendary trainers, brothers Angelo and Chris Dundee.

 

“I watched and learned, picking up as much as much as I could,” Cuellar said.¬† “Now, I find myself working out of the 5th St. Gym for the past six weeks.¬† It’s been an incredible experience.¬† Every day, you never know who is going to walk through the doors there.¬† It’s been one of the best boxing gyms in the world for more than 50 years.¬† From the days dating back to Muhammad Ali, fighters have been attracted to this gym because of its rich history and great sparring, as well as to the area with South Beach’s restaurants, clubs and beach.¬† The warm, humid weather also makes it easier for fighters to lose weight running and training.

 

“(Owner) Dino Spencer is carrying on the 5th St. Gym’s tradition. Everyday I’m there is exciting for me.¬† Mixed ethnic groups train there and it’s a magnet for talent.¬†¬† There’s sparring three days a week – I call it Spar-a-rama – and everybody’s welcome to challenge themselves.¬† The sparring is better than a lot of TV fights.

 

“5th St. Gym trainer Guy Laieta had been trying to convince me to join the team for the last five years. ¬†I spoke to Dino on several occasions, expressing my desire to train fighters out of the 5th St. Gym.¬† He said, ‘Let’s do it.’ The success of the 5th St. Gym today has a lot to do with ownership.¬† Dino has a passion for boxing and he is very hospitable, which trickles down to his staff and fighters.¬† Good vibes all of the time!”

 

Cuellar left for Las Vegas in 1976 and, after he realized that being a boxer wasn’t in his best interest, he started training fighters there in 1981 out of Johnny Garcia’s Gym.¬† A year later, he shifted his base Brooklyn and started training fighters out of another boxing icon, Gleason’s Gym.¬† In 2000, he resettled in Miami.

 

Best known as world light heavyweight champion the head trainer of Glen Johnson, Cuellar also worked with future champions such as Nicolas Walters, Rances Barthelemy and Erslandy Lara, as well as Luis Franco, Aaron Davis and Juan Carlos Gomez, to name a few of the more notables.¬† Today, he’s the chief second for several top fighters including Antonio Tarver.

 

Recognized throughout boxing as a superior teacher, Cuellar’s success is mostly attributed to his training of fighters on an individual basis, focusing on their personal needs rather than giving all fighters the same instructions and attention.

 

“Each fighter needs personal and specific work to complement their God-given talents,” Cuellar explained.¬† “You can’t teach all fighters the same way.¬† I specialize on what I call old school meets new school.¬† Old school was upfront and personal to go 15 rounds, new school is about throwing more punches, more foot movement and fighting from the outside.¬† I teach doffense: defense + offense.¬† Punches aren’t vitamins, none should be taken.¬† Boxing is little more than a battle of reflexes; one fighters versus another, but the real trick is how the fighter uses his reflexes.¬† I teach my fighters how to turn the ring apron into a minefield.”

 

Boxing has played a huge role in Cuellar’s life.¬† Back in the 5th St. Gym is just another chapter in his unique life.

 

“I live through my fighters,” Cuellar concluded.¬† “Every victory is my proudest moment.¬† There are no big or little victories, every win is a happy moment because of all the hard work and sacrifices me and my fighter made during training camp.”

 

Orlando Cuellar is thrilled to have gone back to the future.

 

CONTACT: Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, 978.590.0470, bobtfcp@hotmail.com @fightpublicist

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On Saturday night, Terence “Bud” Crawford became the unified 140 pound WBC and WBO World champion with a unanimous decision win over Viktor “The Iceman” Postol.

 

Crawford fought the majority of the fight southpaw (left-handed), effectively neutralizing the jab (and overall game plan) of Postol.

 

The bout started out well for Postol, as he won two of the first three rounds and seemed to be settling into a groove.  However, in the fifth round, Crawford scored a (debatable) knockdown shortly after the bell sounded to start the round.   Postol complained that the punch was behind the head.  Later in the fifth, Crawford landed a shot that caused Postol to retreat and as he moved to the ropes, his balance caused him to hit the canvas.  Referee Tony Weeks ruled it a knockdown.  It was questionable at best, but nonetheless, Postol clearly had problems with his balance throughout.

 

As the fight continued, Postol became hesitant with the jab and couldn’t cut the ring off as Crawford fought moving backwards and side to side.¬† Envision a 140-pound version of Erislandy Lara, and¬†it was a mirror image of who Crawford was¬†on Saturday night.

 

Scores were 118-107 (twice), and 117-108.  Crawford moves to 29-0, with 20 KOs.  Postol drops to 28-1.

 

Could Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao be next?¬† I’m skeptical.

 

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