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Hurd Surprised, Didn't Believe Trout Would Stand, Trade With Him

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Jarrett Hurd didn’t expect Austin Trout to keep his word Saturday night.

Trout told Hurd numerous times that he would stand and trade with him in their IBF junior middleweight title bout, but Hurd didn’t believe him. Hurd figured the smaller southpaw would do his best to box his way to a second world title, which Hurd prevented him from doing by stopping Trout following the 10th round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“I’m definitely surprised,” Hurd said early Sunday morning. “He told me that he was gonna stand toe-to-toe and go to war with me. I didn’t believe it. I thought that was just something to try to throw me off my game plan, or something like that. But he actually stood and went toe-to-toe with me. It definitely surprised me.”

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Hurd (21-0, 15 KOs), of Accokeek, Maryland, wasn’t surprised Trout was able to last as long as he did during their scheduled 12-round title fight. Trout (30-4, 17 KOs) was effective enough against the bigger, stronger Hurd to lead on two of three scorecards through seven rounds (67-66, 67-66, 66-67).

The 6-feet-1 Hurd picked up the pace after suffering a cut in the seventh round, though, and eventually wore down Trout.

He hurt Trout in the seventh, eighth and 10th rounds. By the end of the ninth round, Trout’s right eye was almost swollen shut.

After the 10th round, a ringside physician examined a beaten, exhausted Trout in his corner and instructed referee Eddie Claudio to stop the fight.

“Austin Trout was able to get off the canvas and win a fight,” Hurd said, referencing his unanimous-decision victory over Daniel Dawson in August 2014. “He has been [put] down by guys and they wasn’t able to finish him. So I’m not really surprised [he lasted as long as he did]. It did seem like he was out on his feet, and we ended up getting the stoppage in the corner. But I was surprised he didn’t go down.”

The 27-year-old Hurd became the first fighter to beat Trout by knockout or technical knockout in his 12-year pro career. The 32-year-old Trout’s three previous losses all were 12-round unanimous decisions to Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara and Jermall Charlo.

“I couldn’t be any prouder, man,” Hurd said. “I said I was gonna do what I did and I actually said in the 10th round. And that’s what happened.”

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 Shadoww702 on 10-16-2017

[QUOTE=dookie;18140548]The IBF scrapped that rule and is now like WBA, WBO, WBC.[/QUOTE] I warned you hes stupid!!! He wants you to provide links yet when I asked him to he talked sht..

Comment by Shadoww702 on 10-16-2017

[QUOTE=Sledgeweather17;18141571]What are these 'facts' exactly?[/QUOTE] ESPN, Boxingscene, Ring Magazine. Now tell me one site that says different??? They would of posted the 2nd day weigh-in weights if there was one Einstein.

Comment by Sledgeweather17 on 10-16-2017

[QUOTE=dookie;18140548]The IBF scrapped that rule and is now like WBA, WBO, WBC.[/QUOTE] The IBF scrapped the rule for UNIFICATIONS or when champion is defending more than one belt (ie. IBF, WBO, WBC), Hurd vs Trout wasn't a unification nor was…

Comment by Sledgeweather17 on 10-16-2017

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18140600]You sound like the casual fan. Your ignoring facts and just burying your head in the sand...[/QUOTE] What are these 'facts' exactly?

Comment by OmarRueben on 10-16-2017

Austin weak Trout has no punch just light taps and got stopped hard. Trout is a marginal boxer with zero punching power. Trout got filleted by the Turd.

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