WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara and undefeated contender Terrell Gausha met with the New York media during a fight week open workout on Wednesday at Gleason's Gym just days before they headline a Premier Boxing Champions event Saturday, Oct. 14 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®. Photos by Stephanie Trapp/Ed Diller.
The night of 154-pound action on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with "Swift" Jarrett Hurd risking his IBF Junior Middleweight belt against former world champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout in the televised opener. In the co-feature, WBC Super Welterweight Champion Jermell "Iron Man" Charlo will defend against fellow unbeaten No. 1 contender Erickson "Hammer" Lubin.
Tickets to the event are on sale now 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. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
Also on-hand Wednesday at Gleason's were several of the top local undercard fighters who will be competing on the card.
Brooklyn's Cindy Serrano will be making her Barclays Center debut in an eight-round special attraction bout. Brooklyn native 2016 Haitian Olympian Richardson Hitchins will fight in a four-round welterweight bout. Brooklyn's Julian Sosa will enter the ring for a six-round welterweight attraction and George Arias of the Bronx will be fighting an eight-round heavyweight bout.
Here's what the fighters had to say on Wednesday:
"I know that Gausha is a young undefeated Olympian who's coming to take my title. But I don't need to worry about him. I've got to worry about what I'm bringing into this fight.
"I don't choose my fights, but I'm going to clean out the whole 154-pound division. There are a lot of young fighters now, but I'm going to just clean it out and show that I'm the best here.
"There's been a lot of catastrophes in the world lately in Houston, Puerto Rico and Florida. I'm fortunate that it only affected my training for three days so I was able to stay focused. I stayed at my house and I kept training.
"I don't know what [Gausha] does well. I know on Saturday he's going to have to show me something or he'll be in trouble. After six rounds, I will be totally dominating. Just like I've done in all my fights."
"I'm real confident that I walk away with the world title. I'm blessed as well as happy that [this fight] is happening. It's been a long time coming. Hard work pays off.
"I have an interesting fighting style, I really can't put my finger on it. I can make adjustments and I have that will to win, that hunger.
"[Being a top amateur] gives me a lot of confidence because there are a lot of styles that I've dealt with. There's nothing that I haven't really seen before. Having that experience, going to the Olympics, having all those people watching me, the pressure - I'm made for the bright lights.
"[Lara] has a lot of experience. He's crafty. I haven't been in camp with the type of fighters he's been in there with. That pressure - I use it to my advantage. When I win, it's going to be a big notch for me to show that I'm at the top of my division.
"He's the champion so I know that he knows what he's up against. I feel like he's trained real well. I'm looking for the best Erislandy Lara come fight night because I trained hard and I'm ready.
"[Moving up to 160] is definitely a possibility because I'm not a little 154-pounder. It's taken a lot of sacrifices to make this weight but I did it right this time. I'm not struggling with the weight. First, I'm going to take care of 154.
"Being two-time National Champ, going to the Olympics, fighting overseas, the pressure that came with making the Olympic team just built me for this moment.