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Erislandy Lara: Beyond Gausha - I Want GGG, Canelo, Cotto, Hurd!

WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara will defend his belt for the fifth time, and the first against an unbeaten opponent, when he battles 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha in the headlining fight of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader on Saturday, October 14 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.
 
Coverage on SHOWTIME begins live 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 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.

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ERISLANDY LARA - (24-2-2, 14 KOs) From Guantanamo, Cuba & Training with Ronnie Shields in Houston
 
Q. How has training camp gone? Has it been affected by the Hurricanes and what is your message for the people effected in your training home in Houston and home in Miami?
 
"Training camp is going smooth as always.  A lot of hard work has been put into the camp.  As far as the hurricanes, it flooded bad in the areas close to our gym, but we were only gone for a couple of days.  The roads to the gym were flooded, so we couldn't go to the gym on those days.  I just want to say I'm praying for all those affected by the hurricanes in Houston, Miami and Puerto Rico."
 
Q. What do you know about Gausha and what kind of problems does he present? What do you have to be prepared to do to get the win?
 
"Gausha is a very good fighter.  I know he was an Olympian and is currently undefeated as a professional.  There's nothing he does that I haven't already seen.  So, I'm just going to stick to my game plan and listen to my corner. If I stay composed I will be able to put on the performance I'm looking for."
 
Q. What does it mean to you to be on a card with all of these 154-pound champions and top contenders? How important is it to make a statement to the rest of the division?
 
"It's a great honor, especially since I'm in the main event.  It shows I'm the top fighter in the division.  Getting the win by all means necessary will be my statement.  If I get the knockout, it will be icing on the cake as the say here in the U.S."
 
Q. What do you think is the significance of you being the longest-reigning 154-pound champion? If you're able to win on October 14 what fights in the division do you want to make in the future?
 
"It means a lot.  I have a goal to break the record, held by Gianfranco Ross, for most title defenses at 11.  But I'll always be ready to fight anyone they put in front of me. I want big challenges so I would love to fight with GGG or Canelo, and I would also jump at the chance to unify against Cotto or Hurd."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by genrick on 10-03-2017

[QUOTE=DoktorSleepless;18107966]Andrade moved up to 160 to duck Lara. WBA negotiations never happened because Andrade was working out on a deal with HBO for that.[/QUOTE] You're full of nonsense. Andrade just recently moved up and joined HBO. He got sick and…

Comment by BigStomps on 10-03-2017

[QUOTE=garfios;18107828]I don't understand some of the fans on this site. Lara has being avoided for most of his career, And when someone of name has step up to the plate, he is being robbed. andrade didn't want to fight him.…

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 10-02-2017

[QUOTE=genrick;18107933]He was ordered to negotiate with Andrade's team in September. All the while he was looking for other fights behind everyone's back while Andrade's team was waiting. He essentially ducked Andrade.[/QUOTE] Andrade moved up to 160 to duck Lara. WBA…

Comment by genrick on 10-02-2017

He was ordered to negotiate with Andrade's team in September. All the while he was looking for other fights behind everyone's back while Andrade's team was waiting. He essentially ducked Andrade.

Comment by budfr on 10-02-2017

Is this idiot a champion?? How boring. He is also a tritor to his country , he wants to help the people of Houston, Puerto Rico, Miami buut not Cuba.

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