Hurd, Trout, Lubin Speak with the Media

By Caryn A. Tate on October 4, 2017
Hurd, Trout, Lubin Speak with the Media
“There was no reason for the layoff, no injuries. I’m not happy about it, but it is what it is.”

On Saturday, October 14, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, a 154-pound triple-header will air on SHOWTIME…

On Tuesday, a conference call with members of the media was held for the October 14 154-pound triple-header that will air on SHOWTIME starting at 10pm ET/7pm PT. Kicking off the event will be “Swift” Jarrett Hurd making his first title defense against former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout. Following that, Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo will defend his title against top contender Erickson “Hammer” Lubin. The headliner is champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara facing undefeated U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha. Unfortunately, Charlo, Lara, and Gausha were unavailable for the call, but the other three fighters gladly chatted with the press.

Former world champion Austin Trout (30-3, 17 KOs) immediately expressed respect to Hurd for taking this bout. “He didn’t have to take this fight, so I want to thank him for making a defense like this.”

Trout, who last fought in May 2016, was asked about the layoff. “There was no reason for the layoff, no injuries. I’m not happy about it, but it is what it is. I’ve been trying to get a fight. I felt after Charlo my stock rose, but things happen and things don’t happen for a reason. I did want a fight before this [title fight] but I wasn’t gonna turn down this shot.”

About his opponent, Trout said, “He’s a big, strong dude. I don’t know how these big guys are making 154. He’s an undefeated champion, but we see a couple holes in his game. At the end of the day it’s just gonna be me and him and I’m gonna punch through those holes.”

He summed up his view of the fight: “Not only am I a live dog, but I’m championship material.”

Jarret Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs), the IBF super welterweight world champion, also expressed respect for his opponent. “We know who we’re up against. He’s a great fighter, a veteran with a lot of experience. I’m grateful for the opportunity. This is a fight that I actually chose. We knew what was on the line with Austin Trout. He’s no slouch. With his 3 losses he’s been in every fight. We knew this was gonna be tough. But that describes me as a fighter. I’m a true champion—I want to fight the best. I always said I wanted to be one of those guys people look up on YouTube. I want to be legendary. I’m right where I want to be.”

Hurd was asked if he planned on using his larger physical size to push Trout around on fight night. “Yes, I’m definitely the bigger fighter. But I look at this different than the Tony Harrison fight. I knew [Harrison] was the type of fighter to gas out. Trout is different, he’s gonna be ready for 12 rounds, so I feel like this fight is gonna be more technical.”

Hurd and Trout were both asked what they think their advantages are over the other man. Said Hurd, “I feel like I have more power, and youth, in my favor [against Trout]. We’re preparing mentally for this fight more than physically. 9th or 10th round stoppage is my prediction.”

“I feel like I have the superior footwork,” Trout said. “My mental capacity, as far as being able to adapt and figure him out. Besides experience, I can fight too. Not just box, I can fight. He may think he’s the stronger guy, but I’m gonna test that and see if he really is.”

Hurd addressed being in the opening bout by saying, “After this fight I’m going straight ringside. I want to watch those other two fights so I can observe my future opponents.”

Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs) will challenge Jermell Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs) for his WBC world super welterweight title. Lubin didn’t mince words when discussing how hard he’s worked to get this shot. “I’ve been calling [Charlo] out for quite some time. He’s never fought a guy like me. On October 14people are gonna know my name. They’re gonna know who the Hammer is.

“His brother [Jermall Charlo, now fighting in the middleweight division] was fighting guys I’d already beat. So I feel like I came up the right way. I came up real tough in my career. If you look at my career I’ve fought guys with winning records. But I make everybody look like nobodies. I’ve fought all types of guys. I’m definitely ready for this fight. I prepare myself physically as well as mentally.”

Lubin was asked by a SHOWTIME representative about his plan to have an empty stool in his corner on the night of the bout. The empty stool will be there in honor of Todd Harlib, Lubin’s long-time cutman who passed away in November 2016. “I’ve been with Todd since I was about 13 years old,” Erickson said. “He paid for me to go to tournaments when my parents couldn’t afford to send me. I used to feel like I wouldn’t want their money to go to waste. And this is definitely all of our dream, including him, so I’ll be looking up at him as I’m winning that title.”

Lubin was asked what he respects about his opponent. “He does have decent power,” Erickson said. “He does what he’s supposed to do. The guys they put in front of him that he’s supposed to get out, that’s exactly what he did. So I respect that.”

Regarding his sparring, Lubin has been busy. “I’ve been sparring all types of guys. I’ve been sparring over here in New Jersey—fought a couple 175-pounders, a couple 168-pounders. I’m supposed to get some work with Daniel Jacobs in the next couple days. So I’m definitely getting that work in.”

When asked about his team, Lubin said, “My coach has worked my corner for a very long time, since the amateurs. He knows how to read me, he knows how to read the other fighters. He’s smart. We’re a family. School of hard knocks. We’ve been together ten years plus. It’s not even that I want them in my corner—I need them in my corner.”

Before moving to Premier Boxing Champions, Lubin was promoted by Mike Tyson’s Iron Mike Promotions. About his association with Tyson and what he learned from him, Lubin said, “Mike taught me a lot of things. He taught me how to believe in my dreams, and go get what I want. And he told me that if I stay at the pace that I’m at—he was trying to push for me to get a world title earlier, but it takes time and there’s no better time than now. And he taught me how to deal with the media, me being so young in this sport and how people can twist your words and all the negative stuff people do. But he told me to stay focused, always be in the gym, always work hard, and my dreams would come true to be a world champion.”

Promoter Lou DiBella was asked about the possibility of a tournament of sorts stemming from the results of this triple-header. “We’re going from 6 to 3 (the winners of these three bouts), then there are other 154-pounders moving up the ranks. You’ve got a guy like Tony Harrison who made a sensational fight against Jarrett Hurd. Jarrett stopped him in the 9th but most people had Harrison ahead in the fight.

“This isn’t an official tournament, but Showtime has paid an awful lot of attention to the 154 division. Unification bouts are definitely coming in the not-too-distant future.”

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