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Hurd: Once I Beat Charlo, Want Big-Money Fights With GGG, Canelo

By Keith Idec

Jarrett Hurd expects to fight Jermell Charlo next.

If Charlo wins his fight against undetermined opponent June 9 in Los Angeles, Hurd and Charlo both have stated that they want to fight for Charlo’s WBC super welterweight title and Hurd’s IBF, IBO and WBA 154-pound championships. Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza also has expressed interest in airing that intriguing matchup on the network later this year.

Beyond boxing Charlo, though, Hurd has his sights set on bigger paydays for high-profile fights in the middleweight division. Hurd’s reported purse for his split-decision victory over Erislandy Lara was $500,000, half of the $1 million Lara earned for their 12-round, 154-pound title unification fight.

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Now that he has established himself as an elite fighter at 154 pounds, the 27-year-old Hurd (22-0, 15 KOs) wants to maximize his earning potential while he is in his physical prime. The 6-feet-1 Hurd would be a big middleweight, too, thus there’s no hesitation about moving up to 160 pounds for the right fights.

“When I defeat Charlo, if I get a chance at the WBO [title], I’m moving up,” Hurd said. “I’m not staying to defend the titles. I’m going up to bigger, better things at 160. When I defeat Charlo, if I don’t get a chance at the WBO, it depends on how long it’ll take before we get it. And I’m still moving up. The bigger fights, the big-money fights are up at 160, and I wanna go up there and fight those guys.”

If Hurd defeats Houston’s Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs), another tough opponent, he also would welcome an opportunity to completely unify the 154-pound championships.

That would require Hurd winning the WBO super welterweight title, which Brooklyn’s Sadam Ali (26-1, 14 KOs) will defend against former champion Liam Smith (26-1-1, 14 KOs) on May 12 in Verona, New York. Hurd and England’s Smith have exchanged words on social media.

“Eventually, we want guys like Triple-G and Canelo, Kell Brook,” Hurd said. “Liam Smith is about to fight Sadam Ali. Me and Liam Smith had a few words. You know, we’re talking about unifying, also. So at the end of the day, if he has a belt, we’ll take it from him.”

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 Hot Shyt on 04-10-2018

[QUOTE=whoseyourdaddy;18654908]How in Hell is Lara's win more important than Sergio Martinez in his prime? PLEASE!!! people lets be serious.[/QUOTE] Sergio Martinez wasnt in his prime.. But I dont think Hurd's resume is touching Margarito's yet

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 04-09-2018

[QUOTE=Sledgeweather17;18655793]You're right that he'll have tto mix it up when he fights Charlo. He absolutely can't fight Charlo the same way he did his last three opponents because Charlo has mad power. Derick James is really good at maximizing the…

Comment by BM dnobagaV on 04-09-2018

Hurd is almost no better than Dominic Wade. Incredibly sloppy and average. Golovkin ends his career prematurely....

Comment by TonyGe on 04-09-2018

If he moved up in weight he can't afford to start slow like he did against Lara. These guys are bigger and less likely to wear down.

Comment by Sledgeweather17 on 04-09-2018

[QUOTE=Squ□redCircle34;18655635]Yeah, after the Lara i started watching some of his fights even back at when he was 15-0! What he did to Hyped prospect Galarza was big! He's been an underdog in mostly all his big fights and comes victorious!…

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