By Keith Idec
An intriguing super welterweight title bout between champion Jermell Charlo and mandatory challenger Erickson Lubin will be part of a packed night of televised boxing October 14.
BoxingScene.com has been informed that an announcement is imminent regarding a Showtime tripleheader including the Charlo-Lubin bout from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Houston’s Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs) will defend his WBC 154-pound championship against the 21-year-old Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs), a highly regarded contender from Orlando, Florida.
Showtime’s tripleheader will include two more super welterweight title bouts.
In Showtime’s opening bout, Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs), of Accokeek, Maryland, will make the first defense of his IBF junior middleweight title against ex-WBA champion Austin Trout (30-3, 17 KOs), of Las Cruces, New Mexico. The main event of the telecast will match Miami-based Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs) in a defense of his WBA super world super welterweight title against Cleveland’s Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs).
A press conference to officially announce the October 14 tripleheader is expected to take place sometime next week in New York.
The three fights Showtime is set to air are among five televised bouts Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions has put together for October 14. Showtime’s tripleheader will immediately follow FOX’s broadcast of tune-up fights featuring featherweight champions Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares from StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs), of Rosemead, California, has agreed to defend his WBA super world featherweight championship against Chris Avalos (27-5, 20 KOs), of Lancaster, California, in the FOX main event. Mares (30-2-1, 15 KOs), of Montebello, California, will make the first defense of his WBA world featherweight title against Mexico’s Andres Gutierrez (35-1-1, 25 KOs) before Santa Cruz and Avalos square off.
Santa Cruz, who beat Mares by majority decision in August 2015, and Mares have reached a financial agreement for a rematch that is to take place within the first quarter of 2018 if they win their respective tune-up bouts October 14.
FOX’s doubleheader will be off the air October 14 before Showtime’s tripleheader begins.
The October 14 card is expected to be the first of two within a three-week span at Barclays Center.
Another show is tentatively scheduled to take place there November 4. Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, likely will make an optional defense of his WBC heavyweight title against Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs, 2 NC) in the main event that night, but a Wilder-Ortiz deal had not been finalized as of Wednesday morning.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.