10/14/2017-New York- PBC put on a show last night that literally had a taste of EVERYTHING. You had a war, a blitzkrieg and a snooze fest oh, and the normal camera hoing from the Notorious, Sam Watson. Let’s start from the top, which is where the snore fest occurred. Now, I know there are folks that think Erislandy Lara is the best thing since a warm, moist you- know -what. Lara (24-2-2D14K) calls himself The American Dream. I guess that ‘dream’ doesn’t include learning to speak English, he’s been here what, 20 years? The American Dream, yeah, sure puts ME to sleep. Anyway, let’s get through this. Lara fought somebody named Terrell Gausha (19-0-9K). Who IS that? Who has he beaten to get this shot, yeah, I THOUGHT so. The called this fight The Main Event, it was more like The Pain Event. Gausha looked like he’s been fighting about a year or so. This was a TIRED fight, Lara dropped Gausha in the fourth and pounded his bicep like he was raising HELL in there and before he could finish peacocking, Terrell was already up and ready to continue the fight. Anyway, this fight went the distance no surprise there and the talking heads kept saying, Lara’s not a “fan friendly” fighter. That’s code for, he STINKS up the joint.
Poor Erickson Lubin thought he was ‘ready’ Lubin 18-0-13K is only 22 years of age but doesn’t realize this is a process. There are exceptions to the rule, but generally speaking, there IS a dues paying process one must take. Well, Lubin tossed his hat into the ring against WBC 154 lb champ Jermell Charlo (29-0-14K). The Charlo twins like to pass themselves off as humble, not shit talkers, YET whenever you see them they’re ALWAYS yelling and talking shit. He said, about Williams, “ I’m gonna’ knock out this undefeated nobody”, then completely displayed his ass by not accepting congrats from Williams after they fought. No wonder some body threw a chair at his brother. I read they like to travel with a posse, sound like shit starters. Oh, about the fight, Lubin appeared calm as hell on the surface, maybe a little TOO damn calm. He tossed a few jabs in Charlo’s direction, a few straight lefts to the body as the champ circled, watching, processing, waiting for the precocious lad to fk up. It didn’t take long. As Lubin leaned in with his head lowered, Charlo hit him with some weired looking punch that had Lubin on the floor acting like a slinky. He was TPTALLY disconnected. Those Charlos land punches that make you do some FUNNY shit. Same thing happened when Jermall hit my Philly boy J-Rock on the chin. Anyway, THAT little exercise is outta’ the way and what’s next for Jermell? He says he doesn’t wanna’ fight Lara because that’s his buddy and they trained together, WTH. I remember Simon Brown put Maurice Blocker’s ass on ice and Blocker was best man at Brown’s wedding. I don’t recall hearing that “buddy” shit in tha’ day. Broner won’t fight Floyd, “that’s my big brother”, such NONSENSE. Lara says fk THAT, business is business, I’ll fight Charlo”.
In what SHOULD’VE been the main event, Austin (No Doubt) Trout (30-3-17K) and IBF 154lb champ Jarrett (Swift) Hurd (20+-0-14K) put on a show that was itself, worth the price of admission. Newly crowned boss Hurd vowed to be the ‘first to stop Trout,” better be glad Trout’s not a big banger, else HE would’ve gotten stopped, all the clean shots he ate. Hurd has an unusual style, looks and acts like a young Shannon Briggs. He walks in looking for the home run, often with his hands down. He’s a big guy and was able to walk right past Trout’s shots. Trout landed pretty much at will but Hurd was unfazed. Until he suffered a bad cut from an accidental head butt. Then, he stepped it up and started drilling the fading Trout, who by THEN had a LOTTA’ doubt about whether he was gonna’ make it. Hurd throws sneaky shots and from strange angles. He rocked the veteran Trout time and again. Trout’s left eye started to close around the eighth round, as if he wasn’t having ENOUGH problems. By the ninth, Trout was REALLY showing his age and the wear and tear on his body, PLUS the long lay off. The tenth was a particularly rough outing for Trout as Hurd, still strong and still big, had him almost out on his feet against the ropes. Trout wobbled to his stool and the doctor stopped it in between rounds. This was a huge win for the new champion and if he tightens up his D, he’s gonna’ be hell to deal with and his lady is FINE as hell, too.
One thing I DID learn from the telecast last night was, One Time Keith Turman has NO interest in getting involved with Errol Spence Jr. Sitting at the desk, fter the fights when asked whom he wants to fight, Spence was FIRM in his words, saying he wants Thurman, anytime, anywhere and anyplace. I said “he has the belts and I have to go through him to get’em and that’s what I plan to do. There was no stuttering, no hesitating, no hemming and hawing, until Thurman was asked, that is. Keith wasn’t committing to shit. If he had HIS way, they’d NEVER fight. They asked about Spence and he talked about kids, his wife, traveling, EVERYTHING BUT Spence. Spence, never took his sleepy eyes off Thurman when talking, ne Time’s were looking all over the place. Deontae Wilder was there and for once he was cool, calm and collected. Reminds me of when Robin Givens had mike tranquilized during an interview.