Six of the world's best 154-pound boxers met face-to-face at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan on Thursday at the final press conference for this Saturday's world championship tripleheader live on SHOWTIME. Photos by Stephanie Trapp/Ed Diller.
The Premier Boxing Champions event taking place at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®, features five fighters ranked in the top 10 - and four in the top five - in one of boxing's deepest divisions. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and is headlined by WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara making the sixth defense of his title against undefeated contender Terrell Gausha.
In the co-feature, WBC Super Welterweight Champion Jermell "Iron Man" Charlo will defend his title against fellow unbeaten No. 1 contender Erickson "Hammer" Lubin. IBF Junior Middleweight Champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd makes the first defense of his title against former world champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout in the televised opener.
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.
Here's what the fighters had to say on Thursday:
"On Oct.14, I will show why I'm the No. 1 fighter in the division.
"Just another day at work; another day at the office for me. I have to do what I have to do and be a smart boxer to win this fight. I'm going to have to show a little bit of everything: show my boxing, and show my power. He will see a little bit of everything on Saturday night.
"Absolutely I want to unify. That's what I'm here for - to win all the belts. After this fight, hopefully one of these young guns will step up to the plate and fight me.
"I will show everybody I'm the best in the 154-pound division, and I'm here for a long time. It's very important to bring this world title back to the people of Houston. There's been a lot of tragedy in Houston, and I hope with this win it brings just a little bit of joy to my fans and people going through a hard time."
"This is going to be my best performance to date and I look to be sharp and focused. I love the competition and the tough challenges, and I look to be at point on Saturday night.
"It's time for the young guys and Olympians like me, Errol Spence and Rau'Shee Warren to take over. It's our time.
"I've got a huge support system in Cleveland and my mom has a busload of people coming to see me. To have fans like that come and support you makes you want to dig down deep and get that win."