Hurd: After I Punish or Stop Lara - It Makes Charlo Fight Bigger!

As previously reported on, IBF junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd is looking to clean out his entire division. 

Hurd (21-0, 15 KOs) wants to have a unification with WBA, IBO world champion Erislandy Lara (25-2-2, 14 KOs) - and believes that a dominant win over Lara will lead to a unification with WBC champion Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs).

Last October, all three champions took part on a Showtime televised tripleheader - where they made defenses at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.


In a very exciting contest, Hurd became the first man to stop Austin Trout, and Charlo blew away mandatory challenger Erickson Lubin in one round. In the main event, Lara dominated United States Olympian Terrell Gausha over twelve rounds.

While Hurd has been calling for Lara, the undefeated IBF champ has been targeted in a few interviews by Charlo.

“Charlo’s called me out a few times. That’s a megafight everyone wants to see, and it’s gonna happen,” Hurd said to Premier Boxing Champions.

“I want to unify against the man everyone considers to be the best and most feared in the division, and that’s Erislandy Lara. After I punish and maybe stop Lara like no one has before, that would make the Charlo fight even bigger.”

“My best attributes are not my jab, reach, size or right hand, but my composure, finding ways to win. Whatever happens, I know how to remain calm. I can take a shot and not show any effects, which breaks my opponents, mentally.”

Hurd's trainer, Ernesto Rodriguez, questioned the reasons behind Charlo not pushing forward to unify with Lara. At one time Charlo and Lara were both trained by Ronnie Shields, but Charlo left several fights ago is now handled by Derrick James.

The current plan, says Rodriguez, is to batter Lara into submission and then place a target on Charlo.

“Charlo’s had the opportunity to fight Lara, but for whatever reason, friends or not, they haven’t fought,” said Rodriguez. “Trout wasn’t the mandatory: Jarrett asked [the IBF] for an exception to fight him in order to make a statement. So now, we’ll punish Lara if not, knock him out, and then Charlo can be next in line.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dr.Cool on 01-06-2018

Lara is the man at 154. However, he is starting to get old. It has been ages since he put a beating on Paul Williams. Mad props to Hurd for stepping up. Ever since that Williams fight, Lara has been…

Comment by Ganondorf on 01-05-2018

[QUOTE=_original_;18384806]Don't act like Lara wasn't horribly robbed against Paul Williams and the Canelo fight could have gone either way. Say what you want but Lara has been the man at 154 for some time and would be favored over Hurd…

Comment by TexasCowBoy on 01-05-2018

The only one besides Canelo to screw up Lara is Usain Bolt......Lara is a piece of work, a 160 pound sad sack of $#!+ stuffed in a 154 pound sad sack of s#!+

Comment by Santa_ on 01-05-2018

Lara's a little over the hill and Hurd is looking more beastly fight after fight. I got Hurd by late round stoppage! :boxing:

Comment by Bronx2245 on 01-05-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18385044]That's because he's still calling out GGG while he fights this guy... [IMG][/IMG] How you like your fries???[/QUOTE]I haven't even heard him say he wants Hurd. I did hear him say he wouldn't have a problem fighting Jermell! I just…

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