It feels good to be back.
After spending nearly two years sequestered on the sidelines, Jesse Hart officially made his return on August 12th, at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. He wasn’t given the most arduous opponent in the world but Elio Heraldo Trosch was used to get the ring rust off. Now, Hart is hoping to lure some of the super middleweight division’s bigger draws into the ring.
In totality, 168-pounds isn’t lacking in terms of talent. With names such as David Benavidez, Caleb Plant, Jaime Munguia, and of course, Canelo Alvarez, all occupying one of those top spots, Hart is anxious to mix it up with them all. One name, however, that Hart isn’t too interested in taking on is David Morrell.
For the Cuban native, he’s looked incredible during his brief career. And while Hart (29-3, 23 KOs) admits that he does have some talent, he isn’t financially motivated to face him at this point.
“He can fight but there’s no money there,” said Hart during a recent interview with FightHype.com. “He gotta do something. He can fight but who has he fought? It’s high risk, low reward.”
In a way, Morrell’s career is being fast-tracked. Although he has only nine pro fights under his belt, in just his third bout, he won the WBA interim title. In his fifth, he was the WBA’s regular champion, a distinction that still holds true today.
His skills have often been described as mesmerizing and otherworldly. He’s also considered a big-time threat for any of the division’s top names. Hart, on the other hand, isn’t as enamored with his overall abilities.
“I’m not," said Hart when asked if he's impressed with the talent of Morrell. "He’s alright. He’s ok. I know once this kid gets a real fighter in front of him, all of that fighting stuff that he do, all of them skills are gonna change. He’s not gonna be able to get that off with a smart fighter.”