At the Barclay Center, in Brooklyn, NY, over SHO BOX DiBella Entertainment and PBC Promotion put on three 154 lb world title fights.
WBA Super welter champion southpaw Cuban Erislandy “American Dream” Lara, 25-2-2 (14), of Houston, TX, easily defeated 2012 Olympian Terrell Gausha, 20-1 (9), of Cleveland, OH, over 12 dull rounds.
In the first round it was all Lara with little offense from Gausha. In the second round at the halfway point Lara landed a 3-punch combination against Gausha. It took Gausha almost a full two rounds to land a punch which was a left hand to the head just prior to the bell. In the third round Lara landed several counter lead left hands to the chin of Gausha. In the third round again it was all Lara with little action overall.
In the fourth round Gausha tried opening up at the start of the round but by the halfway mark as the fans start showing their displeasure Lara dropped Gausha with a right hook. He beat the count by referee Charlie Fitch and fought back as best as he could. In the fifth round the fans once again let the fighters know they wanted more action. Gausha just can’t seem to get started as Lara continues to use his jab to keep the younger Gausha on the defense with his hands held high. In the sixth round Lara continued control up to the halfway mark when Gausha finally let loose with some punches. With under a minute left in the round Lara kept out landing Gausha trying to get him to drop his hands.
In the seventh round as the fans started showing their displeasure once again Lara continued to out box the little offensive Gausha. In the eighth round the reluctant Gausha landed a couple of combinations before returning on the defense. Lara continued to pick him apart with his jab. In the ninth round as Lara continued to dominate Gausha opened up with a minute left in the round with body shots. The No. 8 ranked Gausha just didn’t see that he was ready for prime time.
In the tenth round Gausha having to know he is well behind started throwing punches as Lara countered him. By the end of the round the fans again let the boxers know they wanted some action. In the eleventh round seemed content to go the distance as Lara stunned him with a right hook to the head with less than a minute to go. In the twelfth and final round Lara countered what little Gausha threw at him. It was a very poor performance by Gausha who was obviously not worthy of a title shot.
Judge Julie Lederman scored it 116-111 while Don Trella and Steve Weisfeld had it 117-110. This writer had it a complete shut out 120-107.
WBC Super welterweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo, 30-0 (15), of Houston, TX, stopped southpaw Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin, 18-1 (13), of Orlando, FL, at 2:41 of the first round.
In the first round after two minutes Charlo finally landed a right hand to the chin of Lubin who used an effective jab until then. After Charlo missed with a pair of jabs Lubin ducked into a right hand and down he went. Referee Harvey Dock started counting and wisely waved it off as Lubin was trying to get up but wasn’t able.
“I want Hurd next for another belt,” said Charlo. “I got hit with a blind shot that I never saw coming. It happens,” said Lubin.
IBF Junior Middle champion “Swift” Jarrett Hurd, 21-0 (15), of Accoceek, MD, came from behind to stop former WBA super welter champion southpaw Austin “No Doubt” Trout, 30-4 (17), of Las Cruces, NM, at the end of the tenth round due to an eye injury.
In the first round Trout used an effective jab to control most of the round. In the second round Trout opened up with uppercuts to the head of Hurd who was kept on the defense coming forward. Trout dominated the round with little offense coming from Hurd. In the third round Hurd seemed too finally wake up throwing punches in bunches. Halfway through the round Hurd turned southpaw that only was for a minute. With half a minute left in the round Trout was landing solid right hooks to the head of Hurd.
In the fourth round Hurd continued to come forward but seemed confused with the southpaw style of Trout. Halfway through the round Trout started rocking Hurd with uppercuts from both hands. In the fifth round after a minute Hurd landed his best punch so far in the fight a right hand to the head of Trout. Halfway through the round a right hand by Hurd rocked Trout who came back with some offense of his own. In the sixth round Hurd tried setting up Trout with several jabs follow-up by a right hand. Trout came back landing left uppercuts to the chin and right hooks to the head of Hurd. With half a minute left in the round a right hand by Hurd knocked Trout back several steps.
In the seventh round after a minute with Hurd having blood coming down the left side of his face from an unintentional clash of heads started landing solid right hands to the head of Trout. Trout came back to take control of the round. In the eighth round a pair of right hands by Hurd rocked Trout who came back working on the cut on the left eye lid of Hurd. In the ninth round Trout’s right eye had a mouse under it. Hurd’s amateurish style at times had his hands to his side trying to follow-up with his jab with right hands. Trout may have started to slow down at this point.
At the start of the tenth round the ring physician checked the swollen right eye of Trout. At the halfway mark Trout landed a hard left uppercut knocking the head of Hurd back. With half a minute left in the round Hurd started landing punches without return right to the bell. Eddie Claudio was the referee.
To the disappointment of Trout his trainer Louie Burke decided to stop the fight in between rounds. Trout had given Hurd a boxing lesson for six rounds before Hurd finally started landing power punches.
“I want to thank God and Al Haymon. The cut made me move my head a little more. I want to take on the other champions in the division,” said Hurd. The judges had it 97-93 and 96-94 twice at the end of the bout. This writer had it 97-93 for Trout.