Showtime Exec Aims For Junior Middleweight Unification

By Steve Kim

This Saturday night from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New  York, Showtime presents a tripleheader featuring the junior middleweight division.

WBA, IBO titlist Erislandy Lara faces undefeated Olympian Terell Gausha, while IBF beltholder Jarrett Hurt takes on former world champion Austin Trout and WBC champion Jermell Charlo squares off against undefeated mandatory challenger Erickson Lubin.

All three of the champions are very much on board with unifying the division.

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If Stephen Espinoza, the head of Showtime Sports, has his way there will be series of unification bouts in this division that will lead to an undisputed champion being crowned.

The scenario was a bit harder to accomplish less than a year ago, because Jermell's twin brother, Jermall Charlo, was the IBF champion at 154. But Jermall has since moved up to the middleweight division and Hurd would go on to capture the vacant belt.

"Yeah, one of the things is when you had both Charlo's (Jermell and Jermall) as champions at 154, a unification could only go so far, unless we were going to have a brother versus brother fight,'' said Espinoza to

"So now with Jermall moving to 160, the possibilities for a unification, a true unification and having an undisputed champion are significantly improved," continued Espinoza. "So that is one division we've been talking about for a year. If we could achieve unification in some of these divisions. That's one division where we're very close to being able to achieve that."

The sole champion outside of Showtime's realm, is WBO titleholder Miguel Cotto. The Puerto Rican star captured that title in August with a decision win over Yoshihiro Kamegai. But Cotto plans to retire from the sport at the end of this year, with is final career bout taking place on December 2nd in New York City against Sadam Ali.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dr.Cool on 10-12-2017

The wbo is gonna have some foreign scrub as a belt holder though. Could be hard to get whoever that is to fight a unification he will almost certainly lose.

Comment by Mammoth on 10-12-2017

[QUOTE=MasterPlan;18130671]It'll be vacant December 3rd.[/QUOTE] Buncha scrubs in the WBO rankings?

Comment by HI-TECH Boxing on 10-12-2017

Same should be done at Featherweight. In my opinion the fights at Featherweight look better. 154 kind of thinned out. Several guys have either moved up or are moving up.

Comment by Tom Cruise on 10-12-2017

Crazy this hasnt happened really. Haymon/PBC should have been looking to really make a statement with the divisions they own like 154 or 147. Show fans that this is how all divisions could be if we owned them. Instead it…

Comment by steeve steel on 10-12-2017

Lara is the smallest man there! Charlo already sweating!

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