LOU DIBELLA: CHAMPIONSHIP TRIPLE HEADER A TREAT FOR FIGHT FANS
By G. Leon
GL: Can you give us some final thoughts on the junior middleweight championship tripleheader at Barclay's Center on Saturday night? We wanted to create a super card with junior middleweight fighters as well as a tremendous undercard, which we'll get to in a minute. We priced the thing right so come out to the Barclay's Center to see it live. It's going to be on Showtime and it's presented by Premier Boxing Champions, but come out to the Barclay's Center to see it live. The atmosphere is going to be great and it's going be an action card from the moment the opening bout of the night starts, so this is definitely a card boxing fans should want to be at. You've got three world title fights and those title fights should clarify a lot of stuff at 154 and the results of those fights is going to set up some big stuff for the future. I think that Austin Trout is the toughest guy Hurd has ever fought, I think he's a crafty veteran who knows how to box, so I give Hurd great props for taking that challenge. I think we're going to learn a lot about Gausha who is a terrific young fighter. He was a standout amateur, he was an Olympian, he's undefeated as a pro and on Saturday night we're going to see what he has as he takes on a guy many people view as the best in the division, a guy who many believe made Canelo Alvarez look worse than Gennady Golovkin did. Lara is a great fighter, and I've got to admit that my favorite fight of the night is between Charlo and Lubin. It's two undefeated young studs, one is a champion in his prime and the other is a 22 year old who was the unanimous prospect of the year last year, I really love that fight.
GL: Who do you favor in those title fights?
Lou DiBella: "You've got to favor Lara because he's the pound for pound level talent. I love Hurd and I'm a big fan of his, but I'm also a big fan of Trout and I think he really knows what he's doing in there. He's got those Winky Wright boxer tendencies, he's just a pro and even as he's older he's incredibly crafty. I mean, this guy beat Miguel Cotto, so it's youth vs experience and a very difficult fight to call. The fight with Charlo and Lubin I have no conviction. I'm just going to take that fight in an enjoy. Charlo has a little bit more experience and Lubin has never been in with anyone like him, but Lubin is a super talented kid, the question is, is he going to be able to beat another young stud with more experience?"
GL: You mentioned the undercard, which is stacked. Give my readers the rundown of who will be in action?
LD: "It's going to be tremendous. You're going to see some young local undefeated kids, who have won multiple Golden Gloves. Julian Sosa is goig to be on the card and he's a talented young Mexican-American with a hell of a following and he's developing very well, he's not a huge skill guy, but he's a warrior. Richardson Hitchins who is from Staten Island and promoted by Mayweather is fighting at the Barclay's Center for the third time in a row. There's also going to be undefeated heavyweight prospect George Arias, who is out of the Bronx and I just signed to DiBella Entertainment and this a kid that's approaching ten wins and he's at the point where he's going to be stepping up and getting some good looks. Tony Harrison is also on the card and I think he's a terrific exciting fighter. I thought he was winning the Hurd fight until he got caught. He was winning that fight and he's a serious junior middleweight contender. Cindy Serrano from the fighting Serrano sisters will be on the card as well. She's a WBO 126 pound champion, her sister Amanda is the 122 pound champion, so the undercard is loaded. I think that it's great bang for buck and an overall great night for fight fans. When you have three title fights on the same card and the outcome of every one of them is in doubt, that's something really cool for boxing fans.
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