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Trout: Harrison Showed Hurd's Holes, Was Winning Before TKO

By Keith Idec

Jarrett Hurd is the defending champion, but his challenger considers Hurd the one with plenty to prove in their fight Saturday night.

Austin Trout thinks Tony Harrison was beating Hurd in their February 25 title fight and that he exposed flaws in the undefeated Hurd’s game. Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs), of Accokeek, Maryland, officially was winning their battle for the then-vacant IBF junior middleweight title on two of the three scorecards when Hurd stopped Detroit’s Harrison (24-2, 20 KOs) in the ninth round, but their scheduled 12-round bout was very competitive.

“Harrison was winning the fight until he got knocked out and he showed a lot of holes in Hurd’s game,” Trout told BoxingScene.com. “I’m sure he’s tightened those up in a sense, but how much tightening up can you do from February until now?”

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The 27-year-old Hurd has beaten six straight opponents by technical knockout since his six-round, majority-decision win over Emmanuel Sanchez (7-6, 1 KO) in December 2014. Frank Galarza (17-2-2, 11 KOs) and Oscar Molina (13-2-1, 10 KOs), both of whom were undefeated before facing Hurd, and Jo Jo Dan (36-5, 19 KOs) were among Hurd’s conquests prior to defeating Harrison for a title Jermall Charlo gave up to move to the middleweight division.

Nevertheless, the 32-year-old Trout (30-3, 17 KOs) is the most accomplished, skilled opponent Hurd has signed on to box. The Las Cruces, New Mexico-based southpaw has beaten Miguel Cotto and the former WBA super welterweight champion has lost only 12-round unanimous decisions to three top opponents – Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara and Jermall Charlo.

“He’s done what he’s supposed to do,” Trout said. “He’s gotten his last six guys out of there. But those guys were nowhere near my level, in my opinion. Again, he’s done what he was supposed to do and had some good outings. He has never fought anybody like me, though.”

Their fight Saturday night will be one of three 154-pound championship matches Showtime will televise from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

In the main event, Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs), a southpaw from Cuba, is set to defend his WBA and IBO super welterweight championships against Cleveland’s Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs). Immediately after Hurd and Trout open Showtime’s tripleheader, Houston’s Jermell Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs) will encounter Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs), a southpaw from Orlando, Florida, and the mandatory challenger for Charlo’s WBC super welterweight title.

“We’re preparing like he’s fully ready to do this, because we don’t wanna sit here and act like it’s just the experience that’s gonna carry me over,” Trout said. “The skill set is what’s gonna carry me through. The experience is what will be the icing on the cake, in a sense. I’m not banking on my experience to win this fight. I’m banking on my skill set to win this fight.”

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 IBOX4LIFE on 10-13-2017

[QUOTE=AdonisCreed;18130775]Tony Harrison just doesn't have a chin that's his down fall the man can box exceptionally well!! But when your chin doesn't hold up you can only go so far in the sport of boxing. Now to Jarrett he's been…

Comment by b morph on 10-12-2017

Excited for this one. I remember Hurd vs Harrison was a real fun fight. Trout is no walk over either.

Comment by Mammoth on 10-12-2017

Hurd was fighting differently in that fight

Comment by mlac on 10-12-2017

agreed hurd looked really turd for the first half of the fight and was getting schooled until harrison gassed badly

Comment by AdonisCreed on 10-12-2017

Tony Harrison just doesn't have a chin that's his down fall the man can box exceptionally well!! But when your chin doesn't hold up you can only go so far in the sport of boxing. Now to Jarrett he's been…

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