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LOS ANGELES (Feb. 26, 2018) – As their fast-tracked rise to boxing greatness and popularity continue, the Charlo twins, Jermall and Jermell, are in high fan and media demand as they make their national talk show debut today on STEVE, hosted by Steve Harvey (check local listings).


The twins, who fight on the Premier Boxing Championship series, were asked by the show to be surprise guests for a special segment, which was taped on Monday, featuring Officer Dean Fay and at-risk youth boxers from his gym in Springfield, MA.


“We know the spotlight on our boxing careers are starting to get bigger and we welcome the chance to be on shows such as STEVE and we’re excited to be able to spend time with the kids and share our success stories with kids like us,” said Jermall, who’s fight with Hugo Centeno Jr. was recently rescheduled for April 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME. “The show was fun and just another milestone for us as brothers and champions. We want to do what we can to show the world why we are such success stories too.”


“It felt good to be on a talk show with someone like Steve Harvey and to also give back to the kids,” said Jermell, who will defend his world title on June 9 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles live on SHOWTIME, against an opponent to be named. “We were able to tell a bit about our story and tell the kids through hard work and focus they can do it too.”


As part of the feature, the Charlo twins gifted Officer Fey and his boxing students’ tickets to Saturday night’s Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz world heavyweight championship at Barclays Center and live on SHOWTIME. Both brothers will be in attendance to host their special guests on fight night.  Continue reading



10 Marquee Events Across First Half Of 2018
12 World Champions; 14 Undefeated Fighters
12 World Championship Fights
Danny Garcia * Deontay Wilder * Jermall Charlo * Mikey Garcia * Erislandy Lara
Adrien Broner * Keith Thurman * Leo Santa Cruz * Abner Mares 

* Jermell Charlo * Errol Spence Jr.

NEW YORK – January 24, 2018 – SHOWTIME Sports and Premier Boxing Champions have announced the television lineup for SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® for the first half of the year. Airing 10 live world-class boxing events – featuring 12 world champions and 12 world title fights – PBC and SHOWTIME are establishing an industry standard for a top-flight boxing season and a level of organization never before seen in the sport.

The schedule features more than two dozen elite fighters competing in boxing’s deepest and most talent-laden weight divisions and boasts the largest collection of stars in the sport today. The slate offers seven matchups of top-10 ranked fighters, four matchups of top-five ranked fighters, four top-10 pound-for-pound rated world champions and one world title unification bout.

Led by SHOWTIME and PBC, boxing experienced a renaissance in 2017 with established world champions Mikey Garcia, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Deontay Wilder, Leo Santa Cruz and Anthony Joshua, alongside budding stars Gervonta Davis, Errol Spence Jr., Jermell and Jermall Charlo and David Benavidez. In 2018, all are taking center stage in the wake of the retirement by Floyd Mayweather, Wladimir Klitschko, Miguel Cotto and others.

“The stars have truly aligned, and SHOWTIME and PBC will once again set the pace for a landmark year in boxing,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.  “To continue with the positive momentum, our goal is to deliver the very best fights on a consistent basis to the broadest possible audience. This lineup delivers pivotal bouts with frequency and purpose – all free to our subscribers. SHOWTIME is far and away the No. 1 destination for boxing fans nationwide.”

The 27 fighters unveiled in this industry-leading lineup own 731 total wins, 106 world title victories and a staggering win percentage of .957.  Fourteen of the fighters are undefeated and all but four have earned at least one world championship.  Also included in this lineup are four of the consensus top-10 ranked welterweights, two of the consensus top-five ranked featherweights, and three of the consensus top-five fighters in the 154-pound division.

The full slate of boxing events airs live across all SHOWTIME platforms – television, mobile and the network’s internet streaming service.

In 2017, SHOWTIME Sports delivered the industry’s most significant and consistent schedule – 25 nights of live boxing featuring 33 world championship fights and more than 70 bouts in all. Once again, the brightest stars will face off as the network presents the most comprehensive and compelling schedule in boxing, shown below:

Presented by Premier Boxing Champions
Jan 20             SPENCE vs. PETERSON                  Brooklyn

                          IBF Welterweight World Championship

            EASTER JR. vs. FORTUNA

            IBF Lightweight World Championship

Feb 17             GARCIA vs. RIOS                                          Las Vegas
WBC Welterweight Title Eliminator

WBC Super Middleweight World Championship

Mar 3               WILDER vs. ORTIZ                                        Brooklyn

WBC Heavyweight World Championship


WBC Interim Middleweight Championship

Mar 10             GARCIA vs. LIPINETS                                   San Antonio

IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship


WBA Super Lightweight World Championship

April 7              LARA vs. HURD

154-Pound World Championship Unification

April 21            BRONER vs. FIGUEROA

WBC Super Lightweight Title Eliminator


May 19            KEITH THURMAN                                          Brooklyn

WBA/WBC Welterweight World Championship

May 19            STEVENSON vs. JACK                     Canada

WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship

June 9             SANTA CRUZ vs. MARES II                          Los Angeles

WBA Featherweight World Championship


WBC Super Welterweight World Championship

June 16           ERROL SPENCE JR.                                     Dallas

IBF Welterweight World Championship

2018 Event By Event

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Hosted By Charlamagne Tha God, Wednesday, Jan 24 at 
Cipriani’s 42nd Street, NYC
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NEW YORK (Jan. 24, 2018) – SHOWTIME Sports and Premier Boxing Champions unveiled the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING television lineup for the first half of 2018 in an unprecedented, first-of-its-kind Boxing Upfront at Cipriani’s in New York City on Wednesday.


Legendary ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. introduced the matchups of 10 marquee events featuring 12 world champions, 14 undefeated fighters and 12 World Championship fights across the first six months of 2018.  Among the fighters in attendance included Deontay Wilder, Danny Garcia, Jermall Charlo, Jermell Charlo, Mikey Garcia, Erislandy Lara, Adrien Broner, Keith Thurman, Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares and Errol Spence Jr.

Radio presenter and television personality Charlamagne the God hosted Wednesday’s event and spoke to each fighter in attendance. Here are some highlights of what the fighters had to say:


Deontay Wilder
“Ever since I’ve been a little boy, I’ve always been doubted no matter what. As a grown man now, I’m still being doubted. I like proving people wrong. There’s nothing like proving somebody wrong.

“As I see it, I’m 39-0 with 38 KOs. Every time I promise I’m going to knock somebody out, I’ve done that. Come March 3, I promise I’m going to knock him out too.”

Luis Ortiz

“There’s an opportunity for a dreamer and March 3 is going to be a great fight.”

Jermall Charlo

“My ideal goal is to show everyone why I’m the best in the world at 160 pounds.”

Keith Thurman

“2017 was a great year. Unifying the WBA and the WBC titles was a dream come true. Since then, we had the elbow surgery but 2018 is a get-back year. I’m truly looking forward to being back in the ring May 19. After that, I’m going to bring a more exciting fight later on this year. There are a lot of contenders and champions gunning for my number one spot but I’m going to have to let them know that I’ll be right here at the top.”

Mikey Garcia

“Hopefully I get to accomplish this goal of winning the title in four different weight divisions on March 10. It’s an honor to be included on such a short list. This only opens up the doors to bigger fights and bigger things for my career. March 10 is just another small step closer to achieving my ultimate goal, which is to become the best fighter of this generation.”

Sergey Lipinets

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be on SHOWTIME and fight in this event. I will give my best before I get in the ring and when I get in the ring. I guarantee it will be a war and a great fight and you won’t be disappointed.”

Adrien Broner

“I’m trying to outshine everybody. I have to go crazy. I have to rematch Mikey. I have to fight Shawn Porter. This fight is the start of the turn-up. I’m ready. Let’s get it on. He’s undefeated, I’m trying to give him his first loss.”

Gervonta Davis

“Young people make mistakes but the greats learn from it. I believe I’m the most skillful young guy that’s fighting on TV right now and in 2018, I want to show it.”

Jarrett Hurd

“It’s time to put everyone on notice who the best 154-pounder is. I know a win over Erislandy Lara will put me there so I’m coming for that number one spot.”

Leo Santa Cruz

“The fans can expect a full-action fight just like the first one, maybe even better. I know Abner Mares changed his trainer and Robert Garcia is a great trainer who will bring the best out of him. But we’re also smart. My dad is a great trainer who will bring the best out of me. It will be a great fight.”

Abner Mares

“It’s been two years since I fought Leo Santa Cruz and all I’ve been thinking about is redemption. With Team Garcia, you’ve seen the change. If they think I’m going to fight the same way, they are in for a surprise.”

Jermell Charlo

“I’m going to stay fly, get my body count up and let that lion roar.”

Badou Jack

“It wasn’t my choice to relinquish the title, it was in the contract. Floyd [Mayweather] told me he would get me a bigger and better fight against Adonis Stevenson for the WBC title so I couldn’t pass that up.”


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Shawn Porter Scores Unanimous Decision Win Over Adrian Granados in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Co-Feature

Catch The Replay Monday, Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT On SHOWTIME EXTREME®

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BROOKLYN (Nov. 5, 2017) – Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder retained his WBC title in his sixth defense with a dominant first-round knockout of mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday night on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.

Wilder (39-0, 38 KO’s) knocked Stiverne (25-3-1, 21 KOs) to the ground three times before referee Arthur Mercante halted the bout at 2:59 of the opening round. After Stiverne took Wilder the distance in their January 2015 title bout, Wilder has now knocked out every single opponent that he has faced in his career. Watch Wilder knocking out Stiverne HERE.

“So much frustration, it just seemed like my career, it’s been crazy. So many guys using PED’s”, said Wilder, the only American heavyweight world champion. “I just want to prove that I am the best. I know I am the best but I want to prove I am the best.”

Wilder first knocked Stiverne to the ground with a devastating one-two combination that caught the Haitian challenger on the nose. Seconds after Stiverne got back to his feet, Wilder landed another clean combination with a big left and an overhand right that sent a stunned Stiverne back to the canvas. The final blow came in the waning moments of the opening round as Wilder landed four clean punches to the face of a wobbly Stiverne.

“You have to give props to Stiverne for getting in the ring,” said Wilder. “It takes a lot of courage and it takes a lot of pride to step in the ring with someone like me. We do what we have to do in the ring and at least he stepped up. He was a clean fighter.”

After the brutal knockout, an emotional Wilder was asked by SHOWTIME Sports® reporter Jim Gray about a possible fight with unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

“I’ve been waiting on that fight for a long time now,” said Wilder. “I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge? I’ve been waiting for a long time. I know I’m the champion. I know I’m the best. Are you up for the test?

“A king doesn’t chase the peasants. A king takes kings. I want Joshua. If he doesn’t give me the fight we have other plans. The world wants Joshua, the world wants Wilder, I want Joshua. Joshua come and see me baby. No more dodging, no more excuses. Make the date, don’t wait.”

Former welterweight world champion Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) defeated Adrian Granados (18-6-2, 11 KOs) via unanimous decision (scored 117-111 by all three judges) in an exciting fight between two all-action competitors that served as the co-featured event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. The victory makes Porter the mandatory title challenger for unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman’s WBC belt.

Porter, who injured his left hand in the sixth round, landed the sharper and more accurate punches throughout the fight, including 40 percent of his power punches. Both fighters came out aggressive in the early rounds and exchanged several powerful blows.

“He gave me a little trouble here and there,” said Porter. “I hurt my left hand in the sixth round, but I kept using it. I had to use my jab. It took a toll on me and by the 10th round I just couldn’t throw it anymore.

“The strategy was to keep working the jab. I knew he’d come at me periodically. I was prepared and dug deep to get the win.”

Granados, of Cicero, Ill., fought valiantly and withstood multiple barrages from the powerful Porter and countered with several quick combinations of his own. Granados, who landed just 24 percent of his total punches, disagreed with the judges’ scorecard.

“I thought that I was controlling the fight and keeping up with him the whole time,” Granados told Jim Gray. “He was just trying to use his normal tricks. I rocked him multiple times and he never had me in any trouble.

“He’s a brute. I thought the referee [Gary Rosato] did a good job breaking up the fight at the right times. It was rough but I definitely thought I did better than the scorecards said.”

In the opening bout of the telecast, unbeaten top contender Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) earned the vacant IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Japanese veteran Akihiro Kondo (29-7-1, 16 KOs). The judges scored the fight118-110, 117-111 and 117-111. Continue reading


Check out my thoughts on Saturday night’s 154-pound title tripleheader.


Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo, and Jarrett Hurd all defended their titles and hopefully will fight each other to unify titles.


On the horizon are Julian Williams, Demetrius Andrade (if a deal to come back to 154 is enticing enough), Vanes Martirosyan, Kanat Islam, Tony Harrison, K9 Bundrage, and Miguel Cotto if he chooses to fight on.


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Lara Outpoints Terrell Gausha, Charlo Scores Stunning Knockout Of Erickson Lubin & Hurd KOs Austin Trout In SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Event
Don’t Miss The Replay Monday, Oct. 16 At 10 p.m. ET/PT
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BROOKLYN (Oct. 15, 2017) – WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy Lara knocked down previously unbeaten Terrell Gausha en route to a 12-round unanimous decision in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday on SHOWTIME at Barclays Center.

The Premier Boxing Champions event featured three world title fights in the stacked 154-pound division, a lineup including five fighters ranked in the top 10, and four in the top five.

The southpaw Lara used a precise jab to set up a sharp left hand in the sixth defense of his world title. The supreme technician, known for his elusiveness, put on a clinic as expected. He fought mostly in the pocket and picked apart the 2012 U.S. Olympian Gausha, a Cleveland native getting his first shot at a world title.

Lara landed 45 percent of his power shots and threw 200 more total punches in the bout that was scored 116-111 and 117-110 twice.

“We want to give a lot of credit to Gausha. He’s an Olympian and he came to fight,” Lara said.  “I take the rhythm of the boxing match and that’s when I take over. He’s fighting with the best in the division. He’s not a stupid fighter, but he knew who he was facing today.

“I’m ready to box anyone that comes my way. I’m the best boxer at 154 pounds and I won’t shy away from anyone that wants to fight me. I’ll box whoever, just line them up. I’m not afraid. I have proven that I’m a true champion. I’ll fight (Jermell) Charlo if I have to. We are friends, but business is business.”

One of the most anticipated fights of the year lasted only 2:41 seconds as WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Jermell Charlo knocked out Erickson Lubin with a brutal right uppercut to the chin in the opening round in the second of three 154-pound world title fights. 


While the matchup of young, undefeated Americans was regarded as one of boxing’s best fights in a year of marquee matchups, Jermell Charlo had other plans. After feeling each other out Charlo, the twin brother of undefeated former champion Jermall, unloaded a strong right uppercut that the highly touted Lubin leaned into. With Lubin struggling to return to his feet, referee Harvey Dock waived off the contest and helped a dazed Lubin return to his corner.

“They were giving him a lot of attention,” a fired up Lubin told SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray. “I was quiet the whole time. They said they were going to come take my title. I had to defend it. They didn’t know what I was brining into this and I think (Lubin) was worried about the wrong things.

“We’re going to unify. The other champions want to fight me and I’ll take any of them. Give me another title. I want Hurd. Hurd just won. Give me Hurd.”

The 22-year-old Lubin, boxing’s consensus 2016 prospect of the year, had his hopes of becoming the second youngest titlist in boxing dashed in less than three minutes.

“I’m fine. He caught me with a blind shot. I didn’t see it coming. He landed it. I felt like when I got up I could have kept fighting, but it’s boxing. It happens.

“I’m young and I’m hungry. I know I’m one of the best out there. He caught me with a blind shot that I didn’t see. Like I said, it’s boxing. I’m just going to remain hungry, get back in the gym and become the champion I know I am.

“I’m young and have plenty of fight left in me. This is just a minor setback. I’ll be back sooner than later and hungrier than ever.”

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The weights are in for the super welterweight (junior middleweight) card in Brooklyn tomorrow night.

All three fights are World title fights and today’s weights are as follows:

Erislandy Lara 153.6, Terrell Gausha 153.2
(for Lara’s WBA World junior middleweight title)

Jermell Charlo 153.6, Erickson Lubin 153.4
(for Charlo’s WBC junior middleweight title)

Jarrett Hurd 153.4, Austin Trout 153
(for Hurd’s IBF junior middleweight title)


The televised fight card will begin at 10:00pm eastern on Showtime.

Earlier on Fox, at 7:30pm eastern, check out Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares in separate title bouts.


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NEW YORK (Oct. 12, 2017) – Six of the world’s best 154-pound boxers met face-to-face at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan on Thursday at the final press conference for this Saturday’s world championship tripleheader live on SHOWTIME.

The Premier Boxing Champions event taking place at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®, features five fighters ranked in the top 10 – and four in the top five – in one of boxing’s deepest divisions. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and is headlined by WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara making the sixth defense of his title against undefeated contender Terrell Gausha.

In the co-feature, WBC Super Welterweight Champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo will defend his title against fellow unbeaten No. 1 contender Erickson “Hammer” Lubin. IBF Junior Middleweight Champion “Swift” Jarrett Hurd makes the first defense of his title against former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout in the televised opener.

Tickets to the event are on sale now and start at $50 (not including applicable fees). Tickets can be purchased at, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

Here’s what the fighters had to say on Thursday:


“On Oct.14, I will show why I’m the No. 1 fighter in the division.

“Just another day at work; another day at the office for me. I have to do what I have to do and be a smart boxer to win this fight. I’m going to have to show a little bit of everything: show my boxing, and show my power. He will see a little bit of everything on Saturday night.

“Absolutely I want to unify. That’s what I’m here for – to win all the belts. After this fight, hopefully one of these young guns will step up to the plate and fight me.

“I will show everybody I’m the best in the 154-pound division, and I’m here for a long time. It’s very important to bring this world title back to the people of Houston. There’s been a lot of tragedy in Houston, and I hope with this win it brings just a little bit of joy to my fans and people going through a hard time.”


“This is going to be my best performance to date and I look to be sharp and focused. I love the competition and the tough challenges, and I look to be at point on Saturday night.

“It’s time for the young guys and Olympians like me, Errol Spence and Rau’Shee Warren to take over. It’s our time.

“I’ve got a huge support system in Cleveland and my mom has a busload of people coming to see me. To have fans like that come and support you makes you want to dig down deep and get that win.”


“We had a strong camp with my sparring partners in Dallas. We know who’s below us. This young guy here [Lubin] has a big fight coming up. I already know what I have to do. They got to be the ones that try and figure out a game plan. Try and come up with a ‘Plan B’ or ‘Plan A.’ You got a lot of hype man, a lot of people around you buzzing. They keep you going, they keep you rowdy. That’s good. We clap too, we love it. We enjoy it. But Saturday night, the fight that I thought should have been the main event of the card is going to be the one that steals the show. We did this before, we will do it again.

“I’m undefeated, he’s undefeated. Regardless of if he has the same amount of fights that I have, he’s hungry. He’s been running his mouth a lot lately. That has a lot to do with the reason why my team gets rowdy. We get rowdy and that’s the kind of energy we feed off of. When you continue to do what you do, I just got to back it up in the ring and I can’t worry about what my opponent says and what his team says, because nobody has to fight but us.

“Let’s get in there and get comfortable in the ring. Hopefully I make him pay for the mistakes he’s making right now.

“It’s so important for me to bring a world title back to Houston. I told my brother [Jermall] that I’m competing with one of his knockouts against an undefeated fighter. It’s not about the world title because my city needs it. My family needs it. My son loves it. Therefore, I’ve got my life on the line.”


“I’m very excited. I’m very confident, I had a great training camp and I’m just ready to go on Saturday.

“I hear it a lot, that I’m younger and he’s more experienced. It doesn’t really get to me, I know it is a huge step up because I’m fighting for the WBC title, not because of my opponent. I’ve seen everything in the ring. I’ve seen all types of fighters through training, fighting and through amateurs so this is definitely a big step up when it comes to me fighting for the WBC title.

“This definitely should have been the main event, but you got an experienced guy like Lara in the main event, which I don’t complain about. I know I got to go in there and take care of business. We’re both young. I’m not even in my prime yet. I’m ready to capture this title and I’m hungrier than ever and I know he’s hungry. He’s fairly young and we’re both undefeated and we both have a huge entourage. We’re just backed up by a lot of people and we got hype behind us. We’re ready to see who’s the hype and who’s the real deal.

“Orlando hasn’t had a champion in a very long time, or maybe never. This means everything. I’ll be a big, huge inspiration to Orlando. I am already a huge inspiration to Orlando. I can’t wait to bring it back to Orlando to give more people hope to go out there and do something positive.”


“I’m feeling great. I’m right on weight. Like I said, this is the fight I’ve been waiting for and that I’ve wanted, so I’m ready to fight.

“I really want to go out here and make a statement and be the first to stop Austin Trout and send him into retirement.

“Here’s the thing, in my last four televised fights I’ve never possessed the same style. Austin Trout doesn’t know what style I’m coming out with in this fight. I never look the same in any of my fights so he can say that he prepared for a toe-to-toe matchup and that he prepared for me moving around, but he doesn’t know what I’m bringing to the table. I’ve got a couple tricks up my sleeve.

“[My height] is going to be a big factor because he’s going to try and move around and box from the outside, but I’m the taller, longer guy. So it’s going to be hard for him to stay on the outside, let alone stay on the inside, which he isn’t going to want to do either because I’m the bigger guy. It’s going to play a big factor and make it more difficult than he thinks.

“They say it’s easier to become a champion than to defend a belt. Right now this is my chance to defend my title and bring it back home. I can’t wait to represent.”


“When I become champion on Saturday night I will continue to represent this game with class and dignity. I know this sounds like a campaign speech, but the beautiful part about it is that I don’t need your votes. I don’t need anyone to vote me in. I get to go in there and take it with my two hands. I have the faith that I can do it, but we all know faith without works is dead. But I’ve put in the work. So I have faith in the work behind me. My experience is just the icing on top to go in there and become the two-time world champion and stake the claim as the best 154-pounder in this game.

“Honestly, I didn’t see a big frame up there, I just saw a tall guy. His shoulders look lean and his arms look lean. Either he’s sucking down for weight, or he’s just a little guy in a big, tall man’s body.

“He’s right in saying the fight isn’t going to go the distance, but it’s funny because he’s not going to be the one doing the knocking out. You know this man isn’t going to last 12 rounds.

“I’m going to drown this kid. We’re taking him into deep waters. He’s never been there. This is unchartered territory for him.

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VIDEO: Erickson Lubin: A Day In Camp:

WHAT: SHOWTIME Sports delivers a day in the life of training camp with undefeated 154-pound contender Erickson Lubin as he prepares to challenge WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Jermell Charlo this Saturday, Oct. 14 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)

The 22-year-old will attempt to become the second-youngest reigning titlist in all of boxing as he faces the toughest test of his career in the Premier Boxing Champions event from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“I’m younger, I’m fresher, I’m ready,” Lubin says in the seven-minute video.  “I’m on fire right now, and I won’t let Jermell Charlo take out my flame.”

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader features three world title fights in one of boxing’s deepest weight classes, an unofficial tournament that will help pave the way for an undisputed king of the 154-pound division.

In the main event, Erislandy Lara defends his WBA crown against undefeated Terrell Gausha. Coverage on SHOWTIME begins live at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT as IBF titleholder Jarrett Hurd makes the first defense of his belt against former world champion Austin Trout.

Tickets to the event are on sale now and start at $50 (not including applicable fees). Tickets can be purchased at, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

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Top 154-Pound World Champions & Contenders Break Down Matchups Ahead of Saturday, October 14 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Tripleheader from Barclays Center in Brooklyn

Premier Boxing Champions Event Features Erislandy Lara vs. Terrell Gausha, Jermell Charlo vs. Erickson Lubin & Jarrett Hurd vs. Austin Trout 154-Pound World Title Fights


BROOKLYN (October 10, 2017) – As fight night nears, six of the top 154-pound world champions and contenders shared their thoughts and analysis of the high stakes matchups taking place Saturday, October 14 in a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.


The Premier Boxing Champions event is headlined by Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara defending against undefeated Terrell Gausha. Coverage on SHOWTIME begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and features hard-hitting unbeaten champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo taking on top contender Erickson “Hammer” Lubin and “Swift” Jarrett Hurd making his first title defense against tough former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout.


Tickets to the event are on sale now and start at $50 (not including applicable fees). Tickets can be purchased at, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.


Here is how the fighters see the other the action going this Saturday night in Brooklyn:



“Charlo vs. Lubin is really a great title fight between two tremendous fighters. Charlo is going to have his hands full with Lubin. I think Jermell is going to come out on top with a close, split-decision win.


Austin Trout is a great fighter, but I think that Jarrett Hurd is too young and too strong for him. That’s going to be another going to be a good fight but I’m picking Hurd by a unanimous decision.”



“It’s really hard for me to predict these fights. All six of us are going to leave everything in the ring to seize this opportunity. May the best man win.


“No matter who wins this fight, I want the other winners next. I’m extremely confident and my goal is to prove I’m the best in this division. That means I’m going to have to go through whoever else wins on this night.”



“Experience is going to be the key on October 14. The fighters who use their experiences to their advantage will prevail.


“If Jarrett Hurd gets by Austin Trout, I definitely would fight him next. Unification is on my mind and I think that would be a fight a lot of people would want to see. We’ll see who is able to come out on top when we’re all in the ring.”



“I really think Hurd vs. Trout is a 50-50 fight. If Trout can box for 12-rounds and not get tired the way Tony Harrison did, I think he’ll win the fight. But if he slows down in the later rounds, I think Hurd will probably take over and stop him.


“I’m expecting Lara to get the win. No disrespect to Gausha, I know he’s going to come hungry and try to take the title. But the skills and experience of Lara I think will make the difference.”



“Gausha is going to have to keep a high pace and stay in Lara’s face all night, because you know that Lara is going to use the ring. In the end I think Lara is just on a different level than what Gausha has faced. I think Lara will win by decision.


“Charlo vs. Lubin is really a 50-50 fight. Lubin is the faster and sharper fighter, but Charlo is more mature. I would have to lean towards Charlo on this one because he’s been on this stage and been in title fights before. We don’t really know what Lubin can do yet so I give Charlo the slight edge but it’s really close.”



“This is really a great night of guys putting it all on the line in tough fights. I’m expecting these to be hard-fought and close bouts. You really can’t know who the winner is until the fight starts, so I think it’ll be exciting for the fans.


“My focus is full on Jarrett Hurd. Boxing has tried to write me off but I’m not going anywhere. I’m a true warrior. I’m ready and if I can get that belt, I’m ready to face any of the other winners as soon as possible to prove that I’m the best.”

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SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING 154-Pound World Championship Tripleheader Media Conference Call Transcript

Presented by Premier Boxing Champions Saturday, October 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn



Lou DiBella         
October 14th is going to be a loaded unbelievable night of boxing and it starts with Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares in separate title defenses on a PBC double header from StubHub Center in Carson, California airing on FOX and FOX Deportes at 7:30 pm ET/ 4:30 pm PT. 
That show ends at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT. We have a tremendous SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader presented by Premiere Boxing Champions starting right after.  Champion Erislandy Lara against undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian challenger Terrell Gausha WBA 154-pound title.  WBC 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo versus Erickson Lubin, a Battle of undefeateds and young sensational champion Jarrett Hurd IBF 154-pound champion versus former champion Austin Trout for the IBF Championship.
It’s a tremendous event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night October 14, 2017 airs on SHOWTIME at 10 pm ET and 7 pm PT.  Tickets for this event are available starting at $400 for VIP ringsides down to 50 bucks.  They can be purchased at,, by calling 1-800-745-3000 also at the American Express Box office at the Barclays Center.
So it’s an unbelievable night of boxing starting on Fox in Carson California 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT going over to Brooklyn and I’m really proud to promote this tripleheader.  It’s an unbelievable night of boxing.  There will be an unbelievable undercard and also sensation on the undercard Tony Harrison is coming back on that undercard.  One of the Serrano sisters, Cindy Serrano one of the true champion Serrano sister is on the undercard, on a loaded undercard and then going to these three great bouts.
We’re going to start the call with the Jarrett Hurd vs Austin Trout fight.  Former WBA 154 pound champion Austin Trout made four defenses including a well-known unanimous decision win over Miguel Cotto in December 2012.  Austin has a great record of 30-3 and 17 KOs fighting out of Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Like I said this guy is a pro and this should be a real test for young stud champion Jarrett Hurd. Austin can you say a few words?
Austin Trout      
I’ve given all honors and praises to the most high and I am blessed with this opportunity to not only be a part of a great card like this but to be in a great fight with a champion like Jarrett Hurd. I have the utmost respect for the guy.  He didn’t have to take this fight and I want to thank him for making a defense like this.  Camp has been great, my weight is good, I’m in shape, I’m feeling strong.  I’m peaking at the right time and I’m more than excited to go out there and show everybody that not only am I a live dog but I’m championship material.
L. DiBella            
Thank you Austin.  You are definitely championship material.  You’ve been a champion and you’ve proven that.  This next young kid is championship material too.  I know he’s beaten my fighters before and I’ve gotten to promote a number of his fights and he’s a sensational young fighter with power 20-0, 14 KOs from Maryland, Jarrett Hurd.
Jarrett Hurd       
I want to thank everybody, we know who we’re up against, he’s a great fighter and this is something I need under my belt to solidify me as one of the greats. I’m just so grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait until October 14th.
Can you speak to the reason for your long layoff Austin?  I don’t know if you’ve had any injuries or there was some other issue?
A. Trout              
Actually no, there was no reason for the layoff, no injuries, no nothing.  I really can’t tell you why I’ve had such a layoff.  I’m not happy about it but it is what it is but I thank God I’ve been in the gym and keeping in shape, call it vanity or not, trying not to get fat and trying to keep this beach bod so I’m still sharp, we’ve knocked all the ring rust out in camp.  It’s time to work.
I’ve been trying to get a fight, especially after Charlo dispatched Julian Williams I felt my stock grows and I should have been put right back in but things happen and things don’t happen for reasons.
Do you feel like you might have needed a single fight before you took this step up or are you satisfied to go back in the ring with what I think most people would perceive as a very dangerous fight?
A. Trout              
I did want – not to say a tune-up but a get back fight – but at the same time you can’t pass up these opportunities because they don’t come too often.  I wasn’t going to turn down this shot. I had to come and take what they gave me.
So what are your general thoughts about the type of fighter that Jarrett is?
A. Trout
Everybody knows that he’s the undefeated champion for reasons so you can’t smack on a kid like that.  He is a big strong dude and it’s crazy, because I don’t know how these big dudes make 154 but I feel like I’ve been here before.  My last fight was on a stacked card with Junior Middleweights and this guy was extremely big for the Junior Middleweight division, he was the undefeated champion of the IBF, former fight Deja vu.  At the same time, him and Charlo are not the same person or the same guy.  Again we see holes in his game. At the end of the day it’s just going to end up being me and him and we have to punch through those holes.
Can you just give me your prospective about taking on the caliber of an Austin Trout in your first defense? 
J. Hurd                
Yes, this is a fight I actually chose.  We knew what was on the line with this fight with Austin Trout.  He’s no slouch and with his three losses, he had been in every fight so we knew this fight was going to be tough especially for a first defense but that describes me as a fighter including my mindset. I am a true champion, I want to fight the best and I don’t want the fights that are not going to progress me and put me in line for the even bigger fights.  I want to take the tough fights and I feel like if there’s the slightest chance that an opportunity presents itself why can’t I better myself? I’m willing to take that chance.
Do you think that maybe you could basically just over power him and win this fairly easily, is that a thought in your mind?
J. Hurd                
Yes, I’m definitely a bigger fighter but it’s not in my mind to overpower him but I look at this fight different than with the Tony Harrison fight. My mind was on that fight because we know Tony Harrison is the type of fighter to gas out in the later rounds as pressure stayed on top of him and Austin Trout performs differently.  He’s going to be ready for 12 rounds, so I feel like this fight is going to be more technical and whoever the smarter guy in the ring is will win. I’m not really banking on Austin Trout to get tired off the pressure. He knows I’m ready for 12 rounds.
How close attention are you going to pay to the other two fights because from what Lou says and what the SHOWTIME people say, the idea here is to have you guys separate yourselves on the card on October 14th and then hopefully put the winners together?
J. Hurd                
After the success from October 14th, I’m not doing any interviews or anything, I’m going straight ring side until the end of both of those fights.  That’s why people ask me me, did you want to be the opener or would you prefer being the main event.  I said, “I don’t hate being the opener because once I finish handling my business in the ring, I can observe my future opponents ringside.”
Do you feel like all your past experiences will help you go into this fight or is it like more of the same?
A. Trout              
This is not my first time being laid off and for no good reason.  So I’ve been here before, luckily I stay in the gym, just looking on the bright side. Maybe they had me laid off for most of these times to keep me preserved. I don’t have as much wear and tear as most guys my age an fighting as long as I have, I’m still fresh, my legs are still strong and I’m ready to take full advantage of my physical peak that I’m in right now.
Are you doing your whole camp in Las Cruces, New Mexico?
A. Trout              
Yes, I have kept the whole camp here: we have good altitude, great running trails.  Training from here is where I won my title and had success so we just brought it back to where we kind of started.
Can you talk a little bit about your career and how it has developed and where do you feel like you are at right now in your career?
J. Hurd                
We’re exactly where we want to be.  I’ve accomplished something that all fighters dream of and that’s to win a world title and I don’t feel like this is where my legacy ends.  This is only the beginning. I set one goal and accomplished it and now is time to become legendary. I always say to myself I want to be one of them guys when my career is over that fighters look up on YouTube to study.  Basically, I want to be a big name so fighting is my career so I took all the necessary steps, from fighting prospects, contenders to now fighting at a world championship level and I’m right where I want to be.
When did you start boxing Jarrett and was it always your goal to be a professional?
J. Hurd                
I started boxing at 15 years old and I was kind of in and out of the gym from 15 to 22 years old and I only had 30 plus amateur fights so I was in and out of the gym.  I’ll fight all that come around and I ended up stopping boxing for a few years and my trainer, Ernesto Rodriguez, he was training me during amateurs and I was working at Safeway and he called me all the time and tells me, “Man you don’t have to work if you know how to fight” and a long story short man he was at Safeway and I told him him I wanted to come back to the gym one more time and when I came back he told me if I come back I do it as a professional and that’s where I am at now.
Jarrett tell us why you think you have advantages over him in this fight?
J. Hurd                
For one, I feel like I have more power.  I feel I have the youth, I feel like I have the size and the length and those are pretty much the advantages I have, but like I said I have been in the game since age 15 and I’ve been in there with some of the best. I know the sparring is different from the fights but I’ve got a lot of experience and you’ll find a lot of these fighters out here on TV now so Austin Trout is going to be a scrappy fighter in there but like I said, we have planned eventually for this fight.
Jarrett, you’ve gotten a lot of knockouts recently: you have a big knockout streak. He’s never been stopped as a professional so if this goes 12 rounds, how are you prepared for that?
J. Hurd                
Well, I know I’m ready for 12 rounds, that’s never a question for me.  For my past fights I feel I get stronger as the fight goes on.  If you look back on every fight I had, I was never the fighter that gassed out, I was always the fighter that got stronger so 12 rounds are not an issue and my flag gets stronger as the fight goes on, so with that, I’m definitely prepared for 12 rounds and hopefully it ends earlier.
Austin we know you have the in-ring experience and have fought top opposition, other than just the simple experience what do you see as your advantages over Jarrett?
A. Trout              
I feel like I have the superior footwork.  I like my mental capacity as far as being able to adapt and figure him out, but beside experience, I can fight to.  Not just box, I can fight so I think he feels he maybe the stronger guy but I’m going to go ahead and test that and see if he truly is.
Do either of you guys want to make a prediction for the fight?
J. Hurd                
Yes, my prediction is, I feel like 9th or 10th round it should be stopped around that time.
Jarrett you’re a champion making your first title defense against a very respected champ.  Are you surprised at this climb?  Where do you see yourself a year from now?
J. Hurd                
I’m definitely surprised.  Like I said boxing was something I always thought I wanted to do, something that came across giving another shot from my trainer and where I am today, people asked if I thought I could be world champion and I didn’t think so but it crossed my mind after the Oscar Molina fight. I know I was a prospect who didn’t have much amateur experience but when I beat an Olympian I felt like, dang man I can become world champion and my confidence just built from there.  Looking now it seems 2018 will be some kind of unification definitely happening and I feel like I will be moving up a time or two in 2018 and 2019 and take over the 160-pound division.
Erickson Hammer Lubin 18-0, 13 KOs from Orlando Florida.  Both of these guys have the whole package.  This is the can’t miss fight on the card although I think all three fights can’t miss.  We have three terrific title fights on the card.  I think that this one has really captured people’s interest.  Lubin 2016 Prospect of the Year by both ESPN and Ring Magazine had an incredible 143 and 7 amateur record, turned pro in 2013 and has done nothing but win since then so first I’m going to throw this over to young undefeated challenger, Erickson “Hammer” Lubin.
Erickson Lubin  
Well everyone should expect fireworks come October 14th. I’ve been dreaming about this fight for quite some time now.  I asked for this fight. Some think it’s too early for me, I’m too young.  I’ve been having a great camp out here in New Jersey and I can’t wait, just a week and some change away.
I heard you say that Charlo’s opposition made him a paper champion.  I’m wondering what made you say that, why would you downgrade his opposition?
E. Lubin
Well I was trying to get the Hatley fight since I was about 10-0. I’ve been asking my managers and I’ve been calling that guy out for quite some time.
I just feel like, to say you’re titled and it’s a guy like Charles Hatley, I don’t feel like Charles Hatley is that good of a fighter. So that’s the reason I said that.
I don’t feel like Charlo has ever fought anyone like me. And October 14 the world will definitely know what my name is, Erickson Lubin. They’re going to know who The Hammer is.
What do you think are the victories or the opponents that you faced that have prepared you for somebody at the level of Charlo?
E. Lubin
Well his brother was fighting dudes that I already beat and already fought, like Norberto Gonzalez, Michael Finney. His brother was fighting those guys after me as well as Noe Bolanos who Errol Spence even fought after me.
I feel like I came up the right way. I fought the veterans real young. I fought Noe Bolanos at just 5 and 0. And I just came up real tough in my career.
If you look at anybody in boxing, it’s tough to fight guys with a winning record no matter what they look like. I make all my opponents look like nobody. So that’s why they might say they’re nobodies but I make them look like it.
I feel like I came up the right way. I fought guys with experience. I fought hard hitters. I fought all types of guys. So I’m definitely ready for this fight. I prepared myself physically as well as mentally.
Is this the kind of fight that you believe that not only you win but you can get a knockout? Or is it the kind of fight where you’re thinking maybe this goes 12 rounds?
E. Lubin
Well anything can happen. I’m definitely preparing myself for a knockout. I want to get the knockout and make a big statement winning my first world title. But I can definitely go 12 rounds. I already been ten rounds before. I’m definitely ready. I trained for it.
Ever since I came into the pro game, I believed in myself and my team believed in me. And I said that I was a 12-round fighter ever since I got into the pro boxing game. So I’m definitely ready to go 12 rounds and I definitely want to make that statement and get a knockout.
Why do you think you’re ready? You said you think you’re ready. But why do you, in your mind, know that you’re ready for this title fight?
E. Lubin
I know I’m ready because, like I said before, I came into the game and I fought no opponents with a losing record. Everybody I fought had a positive record, some undefeated guys, some guys who had just one loss. I fought all types of guys. I have a great amateur background. I won pretty much every amateur tournament out there. I’ve been undefeated since I was 13 years old.
I’m just confident. I’ve been training real hard and I’m just ready to show the world who I really am. I don’t think I’ve really showed the world who Erickson “Hammer” Lubin is yet.
Some of these fights has been a little bit too easy for me. And I’m glad they put this opponent in front of me, in Jermell Charlo, where I can actually showcase my talent, my real skills. I’m extra motivated to be fighting for a world title.
And come October 14 I’m ready to capture the title and make it a dream come true.
What have you seen in his fights that gives you such confidence?

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