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Jermell Charlo-Erickson Lubin tops 154-pound title tripleheader on Oct. 14


A trio of intriguing junior middleweight title bouts is being planned for October 14 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Jermell Charlo owes a mandatory title shot against top prospect Erickson Lubin, and the 21-year-old is grabbing the opportunity with both hands rather than wait.

A deal has been struck to pit Charlo against Lubin for the WBC junior middleweight title, multiple sources told RingTV.com. But that’s only one of the 154-pound title fights that’s been completed.

Agreements also are in place to match Erislandy Lara and Terrell Gausha for the WBA belt, along with Jarrett Hurd against Austin Trout in an IBF title fight, a tripleheader that could land on Showtime; representatives for the network said they’re interested in televising the trio of title bouts.

Charlo (29-0, 14 knockouts) has established himself as one of the best young talents in the sport with his blend of power and athleticism. The 27-year-old scored a spectacular knockout of Charles Hatley in April. That title defense followed a scintillating KO of John Jackson last year.

Charlo, like Lubin, will be stepping way up in opposition with this assignment. Lubin is perhaps the only 154-pounder who can match Charlo’s mix of power and athleticism, even if the former top amateur has yet to face a top-10 fighter.

Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs) has, however, exhibited the type of special talent that drew the scorn of USA boxing when he spurned the 2012 Olympic Games to turn pro.

The Hammer punched his ticket to a mandatory title shot when he blew out Jorge Cota in March. Soon, we’ll find out if he’s ready for such a challenge at 21; if the talent truly matches the hype, we could soon see him on pound-for-pound lists.

Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs) is a man who actually did represent the U.S. in those Olympics, and he, too, will step up. He’ll face Lara, the longtime 154-pound beltholder whose curiously weak opposition of late has drawn wide criticism.

Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs), a southpaw from Cuba, has feasted on the likes of Ishe Smith, Delvin Rodriguez, Jan Zaveck and even Yuri Foreman since a razor-thin decision defeat to Canelo Alvarez in 2014.

Gausha, while untested, at least represents a fresh face with proper pedigree to break the skid of weak opposition.

The other title fight featuring Al Haymon fighters: the previously reported bout between Hurd and Trout, one of two title fights that feature two RING-rated junior middleweights (Gausha is not ranked).

Charlo-Lubin is a fight worth circling on your calendar, a rare matchup between talented young boxer-punchers in their prime.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • Fist_ti_cuffs

    Thank god for the PBC!

    • left hook

      Good match ups…but Lara needs to step up his opposition and be abit more active. I wonder why Andrade is not included in these match ups..he need to change his handlers.

      • Dan James

        I wish i could upvote like 10 times. Thanks for mentioning Andrade. Looks like he has been blacklisted. He needs to get his head outta his bum and work his way up again. He is legit.

        • Kwame Johnson

          What is Andrade supposed to do? He’s tried to fight Lara and the Charlo’s, but they’ve dodged him. Who else should he try to fight at 154? Haymon fighters seem to be boycotting Boo Boo.

          • ceylon mooney

            no shit? man that sucks

      • learnmore

        Andrade says that the WBA wont order the mandatory until September & Lara wasnt willing to make the fight when approached. Lara obviously decided to go for a easier target again. Even if its true that no one wants to fight him, his choices of opponents are pitiful. Too have 4/5 opponents be Delvin Rodrigues, Jan Zaveck, Yuri Foreman, Terrell Gausha is just embarrassing for the supposedly #1 154lb fighter

        • ceylon mooney

          in laras case why not vacate then become
          mandatory to another sanctioning organization?

          • learnmore

            Vacate? Lara is the WBA super Champion, why would he vacate, elevated from interim to regular, then had a mandatory with Ishe Smith in Dec 2014, defended vs Rodrigues, Zaveck, Martiroysan> elevated to Super Champion, defended it vs Foreman, now Gausha. Lara always says that Gilberto Mendoza is his friend. And thats true

          • ceylon mooney

            why? so he cam become
            mandatory challenger for the big name fighters who dont wsnt to challenge him.

          • learnmore

            You dont give up a major title to be a mandatory, thats his bargaining power.

          • ceylon mooney

            in his case being a mandatory would be much bigger bargaining power, at least in getting fights. as things are theres no reason for other big shots to fight him

          • wayne reid

            Champions get unified bouts he doesn’t have to give up a title to get fights with the other champions

          • ceylon mooney

            he doesnt. he cant get those fights.

          • wayne reid

            Tell us which Unified championship fights Lara asked for that he didn’t get?

          • wayne reid

            Why would you vacate? smh

          • ceylon mooney

            no big fights for him otherwise;

            tho i hear someone stepped up

      • learnmore

        It may be Andrade has well, I can see his point of view. He already beat Martiroysan, Nelson, Culcay. He wants bigger fights & they’re not coming his way. His handler should try for the Brian Castano fight while waiting for the mandatory to be called, Castano just beat Michel Soro.

      • Fist_ti_cuffs

        He isn’t with PBC, so he’s getting left behind and you’re right, Lara needs better competition. So it’s either fight Jemell, Andrade or move up.

    • mondo!

      i think andrade beats them all w ease ,,, and ya free fights are good also for those who are broke ,,, lol,,,, just saying ….

      • Fist_ti_cuffs

        Andrade is a really nice boxer, but he needs to get with the PBC or continue to get left out.

  • Marlon Bronia

    looking forward to charlo-lubin fight 🙂

  • Stephen M

    Good matchup.

  • Alan Hitchcock

    Hammer time!!

  • Fernando Morales

    Charlie and Lara fights should be here in Houston

  • Shawn Smalley

    too early for Lubin, He should be fighting Gausha. and Lara should be fighting Andrade.