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Hurd: Beating Austin Trout Will Show That I'm 'The Real Deal'

By Keith Idec

Jarrett Hurd isn’t particularly pleased with how he fought against Tony Harrison.

The result ultimately is what matters, and Hurd stopped Harrison in the ninth round to win the then-vacant IBF junior middleweight title February 25 in Birmingham, Alabama. Hurd understands, though, that some people probably aren’t quite sold on him after his victory over Detroit’s Harrison (24-2, 20 KOs).

The undefeated fighter from Accokeek, Maryland, intends to convince critics Saturday night that he belongs among the elite fighters at 154 pounds. In his first title defense, Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs) will square off against Austin Trout (30-3, 17 KOs) in the first of three 154-pound championship matches Showtime will air from Barclays Center in Brooklyn (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

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“A win over Austin Trout is gonna solidify me at the top of the division, with the other guys,” Hurd told BoxingScene.com. “He has losses to all former world champions and he’s never been stopped. So I feel like a win over Austin Trout would put me up there with those guys.

“If I can’t get past a guy like Austin Trout, that speaks a lot about me. So I feel like this fight right here could put me exactly where I need to be and show that I’m actually the real deal. Not only has he only lost to those top guys, he actually beat one, too, in Cotto, so Austin Trout is no slouch. This fight will put me right there.”

Trout, a former WBA super welterweight champion, has lost only 12-round unanimous decisions to Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs), Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs) and Jermall Charlo (26-0, 20 KOs). The 32-year-old southpaw figures to be the best opponent Hurd has fought since he turned pro five years ago.

The Las Cruces, New Mexico, native hasn’t fought in 16 months, not since losing to Houston’s Charlo in their May 2016 title fight in Las Vegas. Hurd won the title Charlo vacated to move up to the middleweight division.

Hurd was beating Harrison by slim margins on two of three scorecards when their fight was stopped 7½ months ago at Legacy Arena. The 27-year-old Hurd is proud he was able to become a world champion, yet realizes he’ll have to perform better to beat Trout.

“I do feel like my last fight against Tony Harrison was not my most fundamentally sound fight,” Hurd said. “But it’s the way I had to fight. I had to fight a way I’m not too comfortable fighting, but I still got the job done. As you can see, I’m a natural counter-puncher. My best performance was against Frank Galarza. Me being the bigger fighter, the longer, rangier fighter, they’re trying to stay away from my power. So I have to switch my style up and walk opponents down.

“That’s kind of what I had to do in my fight with Tony Harrison, and in doing it, I didn’t look the best. It’s something I’m still getting used to – trying to be the bull, not the matador, and trying to catch these fighters. But other than that, people have their opinions on how they view things and they think what they wanna think. But I’m gonna continue to do what I have to do to stay on top and win.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chepboxingking on 10-11-2017

[QUOTE=TheClap;18127740]Real talk. Trout represented himself very, very well on the night. Some guys like to come on this forum just to talk $#!+[/QUOTE] What ya fail to see is the Canelo fight was almost 5 years ago. His best victory…

Comment by StudentOfDaGame on 10-11-2017

[QUOTE=chepboxingking;18126805]He's deft no bum, but can he beat any of the elites at 154? Lara already schooled him BADLY, and he lost a competitive fight vs Charlo. Add that to the fact he's only fought twice in the last 25…

Comment by TheClap on 10-11-2017

[QUOTE=Butch.McRae;18126897]https://www.badlefthook.com/canelo-alvarez-vs-austin-trout-stream-full-coverage-showtime/2013/4/21/4248254/scorecard-treatment-saul-alvarez-vs-austin-trout Spare us your racial nonsense for one day. Anyone with a pair of eyes could see that fight could've gone either way.[/QUOTE] Real talk. Trout represented himself very, very well on the night. Some guys like to come on…

Comment by siablo14 on 10-10-2017

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;18126672]Jarrett Hurd isn't particularly pleased with how he fought against Tony Harrison. The result ultimately is what matters, and Hurd stopped Harrison in the ninth round to win the then-vacant IBF junior middleweight title February 25 in Birmingham, Alabama. Hurd…

Comment by sammybee on 10-10-2017

WAR Hurd !!!!! Hurd is too big for Trout....Hurd is going to catch a trout.

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