10/15 00:09 CDT Lara, Charlo, Hurd defend titles, Charlo with 1st-round KO
Lara, Charlo, Hurd defend titles, Charlo with 1st-round KO
By BARRY WILNER
AP Sports Writer
Erislandy Lara schooled Terrell Gausha for most of their 12-round WBA
welterweight title fight. Lara outpointed the 2012 U.S. Olympian to close out
the triple-championship card. Earlier, Jermell Charlo stunned Erickson Lubin
with a sharp, short right to the chin and knocked out the challenger 2:41 into
their WBC super welterweight title fight. And Jarrett Hurd stopped Austin Trout
in 10 rounds for the IBF junior middleweight crown.NEW YORK (AP) --- All three
champions defended their titles Saturday night in different fashions.
The highlight was Jermell Charlo's first-round knockout of Erickson Lubin. Or
maybe it was Jarrett Hurd's action-packed win over Austin Trout.
It certainly wasn't Erislandy Lara's unanimous decision over Terrell Gausha.
Lara schooled Gausha for most of their 12-round WBA welterweight title fight,
outpointing the 2012 U.S. Olympian to close out the triple-championship card.
The feature was hardly that, a display of imprecise punching and pawing. Lara,
a native of Cuba now nicknamed "the American Dream" and fighting out of
Houston, knocked down Gausha in the fourth round with a right-left combination,
but by the ninth, many of those remaining in an announced crowd of 7,643 were
chanting "This is boring!"
The previous two bouts were anything but.
Charlo stunned Lubin with a sharp, short right to the chin and knocked out the
challenger 2:41 into their WBC super welterweight title fight. Hurd overcame a
cut to his left eye to stop a game Trout in 10 rounds in their IBF junior
middleweight championship fight.
Charlo's first good punch of the bout was enough for the win. Lubin, who was in
a crouch when hit, took the shot directly on his chin. One of the rising stars
of boxing, he was immediately counted out as his left leg twitched while he was
on the canvas.
Charlo scored his 15th knockout in his 30th fight and second defense. His twin
brother, Jarmell, also has been a world champ.
"They were giving him a lot of attention. I was quiet the whole time," Charlo
said. "They said they were going to come take my title. I had to defend it.
"They didn't know what I was bringing into this and I think (Lubin) was worried
about the wrong things."
Lubin took his first loss after 18 wins. He left the ring under his own power,
his night over in quick fashion.
"I'm fine," Lubin said. "He caught me with a blind shot. I didn't see it
coming. He landed it. I felt like when I got up I could have kept fighting, but
it's boxing. It happens."
Hurd and Trout were set to go to the hospital after their fight. But Hurd was
cleared by doctors at the Barclays Center.
Hurd had the eye looked at by ring doctors several times. But it was Trout's
right eye that was pretty much closed by the end of the 10th, and the
action-filled fight was stopped before the 11th began.
Nicknamed "Swift," Hurd wasn't all that quick for much of the bout, but he took
charge midway through --- despite the blood flowing down the left side of his
face and by his left ear. Trout carried much of the early rounds, but he didn't
have the punching power to do enough damage to the champion.
Hurd is 21-0 with 15 knockouts, while Trout, a former champion, is 30-4. It was
the first time he has been stopped in a fight.
"It's most definitely tougher to defend the title than win it," Hurd said. "I'm
always the one that comes on stronger at the end of the fight. We knew we were
going to wear Austin Trout down in the later rounds and eventually stop him. My
cut made me a little better with my head movement."
Trout cut Hurd in the seventh round, but Hurd still carried the action. There
were plenty of toe-to-toe exchanges during the round, and Hurd even had his
hands down for much of it as he searched for a knockout blow.
But Trout hung tough, even though Hurd dominated most of the next three rounds.
With Trout on his stool, the fight was stopped seconds before the 11th would
Charlo has his eyes on Hurd.
"Give me another title," he said. "I want Hurd. Hurd just won. Give me Hurd."
The veteran Lara, 25-2-2, won a unanimous decision, handing Gausha his first
defeat in 21 fights. Gausha clearly was in with a superior boxer, though
neither fighter impressed.
"I take the rhythm of the boxing match and that's when I take over," Lara said.
"He's fighting with the best in the division. He's not a stupid fighter, but he
knew who he was facing."