Charlo To Hurd: You Took Easier Fight - I Want That Work!

Jarrett Hurd unified boxing's junior middleweight division by knocking down Cuba's Erislandy Lara in the 12th round to earn a stunning spit decision victory on Saturday. The undefeated American is now the WBA, IBF and IBO 154-pound champion as he scored a shocking win over Lara, who suffered his first loss in over three years.

Hurd's final round knockdown proved to be the difference in the fight as all three judges scored it 114-113 with two having it in favour of the American.

"It was a tough one but I went out there and did exactly what I said I was going to do," said Hurd, who improved to 22-0 with 15 KOs. "I felt like I was in control the whole fight. I was putting pressure on him."


Hurd, 27, hit Lara with a right left combination that sent the former Cuban Olympian to the canvas. Fighting in close, he popped Lara's head up with a right uppercut then delivered a vicious left hook that to the right side of Lara's head.

Lara took a standing eight count from the referee before resuming and then barely holding on until the final bell at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The 34-year old Lara dropped to 25-3-2 in his career as he was making his seventh title defence.

Entering the fight, the winner was going to be lined up to fight WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo, who makes a defense of his title in June.
"I'm down.  Let's go.  We want that work," Charlo said. "I feel Hurd only took the fight with Lara because he realized the harder fight is with Jermell Charlo.
"We've been there before with Lara.  I know what he possesses.  Hurd has to get his defense together because he cannot get hit like that by me.   Lara doesn't move like he used to.  If he moves like he used to he wins that fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PBR Streetgang on 04-19-2018

I just watched the Jermell Charlo interview after Hurd's fight with Lara. Prior to watching it I favored Charlo to beat Hurd but the interview actually swayed me over to favor Hurd; Jermell looked a little rattled and nervous and…

Comment by MC Hammer on 04-12-2018

[QUOTE=LetOutTheCage;18663659]I cant take you seriously after this.[/QUOTE] Jacobs beat exactly who?

Comment by LetOutTheCage on 04-12-2018

[QUOTE=MC Hammer;18661038][B]Williams is as proven as Jacobs[/B], who ggg arguably lost to. Canelo outranks the other opposition. Good on ggg for finally stepping up in comp at age 35[/QUOTE] I cant take you seriously after this.

Comment by MC Hammer on 04-11-2018

[QUOTE=chrisJS;18661117]That's actually a false statement. GGG has fought more champs (7) than the Charlo twins combined (4 with 2 each). So based on math neither Charlo could possibly have defeated more champions than GGG. GGG's resume isn't all that special…

Comment by chrisJS on 04-11-2018

[QUOTE=MC Hammer;18657808]Charlo at 27 has fought about as many champs/former champs as ggg at 36. What's sad is that the only good fighters you can name that he's fought were done in the last year[/QUOTE] That's actually a false statement.…

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