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Jarrett Hurd vs. Erislandy Lara - Official Scorecards - Photo

Jarrett Hurd used a 12th-round knockdown to secure a split-decision victory over Erislandy Lara and unify the IBF and WBA junior middleweight world titles on Saturday night.

Two judges scored the fight 114-113 for Hurd, while the third judge had Lara winning the fight by the same 114-113 scorecard.

Hurd connected on a short left hook with less than a minute remaining, knocking down for former WBA champion Lara (25-3-2, 14 KOs), the longest reigning champion at 154 pounds entering the fight. Lara was attempting to defend his title for the sixth consecutive time.

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”I didn’t feel like I needed the knockdown for the win,” said the 27-year-old Hurd, from Accokeek, Maryland. ”I felt like I was in control the whole fight, applying the pressure.”

The win for Hurd (21-0, 15 KOs) sets up a potential mega-matchup against Jermell Charlo, who has held the WBC light middleweight world title since 2016.

Hurd is the seventh unified world title holder in 154-pound history, joining Hall of Famers Terry Norris, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya and Winky Wright, as well as Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez.

The 34-year-old Lara from Houston thought he won the fight, despite the knockdown in the final round.

”I was up by a large margin going into the last round,” said Lara, who suffered swelling and a cut around his right eye. ”The problem was the cut on the eye. I couldn’t see in the last round.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by b morph on 04-09-2018

I don't necessarily agree with those saying it was a razor close fight. You know how certain fights have a feel to them? It felt like Lara was losing. But that's judging the fight as a whole. Even scoring round…

Comment by HarvardBlue on 04-08-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing1012;18653030]I hear ya man, it was a tough fight, especially to score in a way. I personally don't place any added significance on what a boxer does at the end of the round. If it's a close round and one…

Comment by Boxing1012 on 04-08-2018

[QUOTE=HarvardBlue;18652622]Listening to the commentary I actually thought they were biased against Hurd. Especially Paulie. Farhood had Lara up for much of the fight. I remember one round where Hurd did all the work the entire round then Lara came on…

Comment by Pakutu93 on 04-08-2018

Great fight!! Lara showed true grit! Jarret Hurd is a beast!!!

Comment by otrocubiche on 04-08-2018

I had Lara taking 1,6,7,10,11 I was surprised he went strong on 10 and 11, after the 9 I thought Hurd would ko'd him any moment. 2nd round could have gone either way in my opinion, the others Hurd won…

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