Charlo vs Lubin: Jermell Charlo and Erickson Lubin promise fireworks in their world title clash
By Matt Horan
Last Updated: 12/10/17 3:36pm
Jermell Charlo and Erickson Lubin have both promised to deliver fireworks in their WBC super-welterweight world title clash this weekend.
Charlo puts his green and gold belt on the line as part of a trio of super-welterweight world title showdowns to take place at The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, all live on Sky Sports.
Erislanday Lara (WBA Super) and Jarrett Hurd (IBF) join the compelling cast, taking on unbeaten contender Terrell Gausha and former champion Austin Trout respectively.
Texas' Charlo is confident that his fight with fellow unbeaten star Lubin will steal the show saying: "This fight is going to do a lot for boxing, and this fight does a lot for this 154-pound division.
"There's just so many positive things coming from this fight card and I think my fight is the one the people want to see.
"Lubin has a high volume of punches, but that's what we trained for. He's expecting fireworks, I'm expecting explosions. So just don't be surprised."
His opponent Lubin, 22, nicknamed 'The Hammer', said: "I was born to do this. I'm keeping my composure but I'm going to let it all out Saturday night.
"It's all about who wants it more. I feel like there's nobody in this division who wants it more than me. I always come ready to fight. I always come with fireworks. I'm definitely going to get my respect early.
"I'm ready to box. I'm ready to bang. I'm ready for any situation that he brings to me. I'm just ready to become the WBC Champion."
Slick Cuban Lara is also intent on delivering the goods, saying:"I don't choose my fights, but I'm going to clean out the whole 154-pound division.
"There are a lot of young fighters now, but I'm going to just clean it out and show that I'm the best here.
"The Canelo rematch is there. The Golovkin fight is out there. I have unfinished business that has to be settled. Canelo knows who the true winner of our fight was, and he doesn't want to do that fight again."
In his way is unbeaten Ohio contender Gausha who added: "This is not the first time that I've been the underdog. I know how to handle those situations. It's not about what they think. It's about what I know I can do.
"When I win, it's going to be a big notch for me to show that I'm at the top of my division."
The final world title fight sees Hurd defend his IBF world title against familiar face Trout.
"This is a display of the top 154-pounders in the world. I asked for this fight because in order to be the best you have to beat the best," Hurd said.
"I'm the taller fighter, I'm the longer fighter, and I'm the strongest fighter. I'm also the younger fighter, so those advantages will definitely be the keys Saturday night."
Trout predicted a different outcome, saying: "The fans can expect fireworks until my man goes down. I don't think he can take my pressure for 10 or 12 rounds. I expect my arm to be raised in great fashion.
"There's just no doubt the cream will rise to the top Saturday night. Once I clean up at 154 pounds, there's nowhere to go but north."
Watch five world-title fights, including Leo Santa Cruz, Jermell Charlo and Abner Mares, live from America, from 12.30am, Sunday morning, on Sky Sports Main Event.