Hurd: Win Over Dan Helps Me Out As I Move Closer To Title Shot

by David P. Greisman, photo by Ryan Hafey

Jo Jo Dan wasn’t the foe Jarrett Hurd originally expected, but the late replacement opponent still was beneficial to the junior-middleweight prospect’s development.

“This does a lot for me,” Hurd said afterward. “These fights I'm getting are bringing me closer to the belt. Hopefully this moves me up the rankings.”

Hurd won by sixth-round technical knockout, moving to 19-0 with 13 KOs. Dan was able to land at times on Hurd, though he was undersized, a former welterweight who never had Hurd hurt or in danger.

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“We knew he was a crafty southpaw. We wanted to take our time because we didn't know how he would come out. We felt him out at first,” Hurd said. “We didn't think he'd come in as much. I thought he'd try to move around. But he brought the fight a little closer than I expected. My defense was a little off because [of] being prepared for a right hander. We fixed that in the last round and got the stoppage.”

Hurd was originally supposed to face Jorge Cota, who had to pull out with a medical emergency. The fight was offered to Willie Nelson, who opted against the deal. Instead, Hurd ended up with Dan, who was in his second fight since being blown out by welterweight titleholder Kell Brook last year.

Hurd, who has now been spotlighted in three straight fights on Showtime’s “ShoBox,” CBS and now on Spike TV, wants to build on that, which will mean facing a higher level of opposition.

"There are a lot of great fighters in this division,” he said, “and whoever I can get in there with, I'll be ready for."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SkillspayBills on 11-14-2016

I see him getting someone like a Willie Nelson next.

Comment by r1onnie2 on 11-14-2016

[QUOTE=MrClutch85;17196873]Jarrett Hurd is ready for Austin Trout Vanes Martirosyan[/QUOTE] I think either one of those fights would be the next evolution for him.

Comment by MrClutch85 on 11-14-2016

Jarrett Hurd is ready for Austin Trout Vanes Martirosyan

Comment by Bronx2245 on 11-14-2016

[QUOTE=Kigali;17196495]...but....but...160 better than 154 doe. That's what the Golovit*rds say.[/QUOTE]I know about the haters, but seriously, if they would think about it: Lara, Andrade, Williams, the Charlo Twins, Tony Harrison, Vanes Martirosyan, Jarret Hurd, Erickson Lubin, Terell Gausha, and I…

Comment by Kigali on 11-14-2016

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;17196484]Harrison, Hurd, Lubin, and Gausha, are all good fighters on the 2nd tier of the 154 division! Some weight divisions are lucky if they have 4 good fighters in total![/QUOTE] ...but....but...160 better than 154 doe. That's what the Golovit*rds say.

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