The Premier Boxing Champions event is headlined by Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara defending against undefeated Terrell Gausha in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP 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. Photos by Stephanie Trapp/Ed Diller.
WBA/IBO SUPER WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Erislandy Lara – 153 ½ pounds
Terrell Gausha – 153 ¼ pounds
Referee: Charlie Fitch; Judges: Julie Lederman (N.Y.), Don Trella (Conn.), Steve Weisfeld (N.J.)
WBC SUPER WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Jermell Charlo – 153 ½ pounds
Erickson Lubin – 153 ½ pounds
Referee: Harvey Dock; Judges: Don Ackerman (N.Y.), Glenn Feldman (Conn.); Ken Morgan (N.Y.)
IBF JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Jarrett Hurd – 153 ½ pounds
Austin Trout – 153 pounds
Referee: Eddie Claudio; Judges: Frank Lombardi (Conn.), John McKaie (N.Y.), Ron McNair (N.Y.)
LOU DiBELLA, CEO of DiBella Entertainment
"This is as good as it gets in boxing. We hope to have as many regular boxing fans in that room as we possibly can. You can get a great seat for the price of what you pay for a Pay-Per-View telecast. This quality of boxing has been emblematic of SHOWTIME's boxing program in the last few years."
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President/General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports
"This event will be the 25th boxing event at Barclays Center in five years. I need to recognize Barclays Center and their staff because there are not that many venues supporting and contributing to this sport the way Barclays Center is. More than half of those shows have been on SHOWTIME as we've done 12, and two have been on CBS.
"We've set a very high bar with those events. Fighters know and promoters know - everyone knows that when you fight on SHOWTIME at Barclays Center it's a big and exciting night in boxing.
"Fight fans sometimes complain that having multiple belts or multiple champions is complicated and confusing. But in this division, it's not. I'll make it really simple: these guys up here are the best guys in the division. That's it. Who's at No. 1 and who's the best? I can't tell you. But it's one of these six guys. So this coming Saturday you will see the best in the division, and they'll be fighting each other."