Malignaggi: I See Lara Winning First Half, Hurd Comes on Late

By Radio Rahim

WBA, IBO junior middleweight world champion Erislandy Lara (25-2-2, 14 KOs) is going to face his toughest opponent in several years, when he takes on IBF world champion Jarrett Hurd (21-0, 15 KOs) in a Showtime televised unification on April 7th.

Last October, a tripleheader took place with Hurd, Lara (25-2-2, 14 KOs) and WBC champion Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs) making defenses at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Hurd went through some very tough moments in the first half of the contest, but he kept coming, rallied with his power and became the first boxer to secure a stoppage win over former world champion Austin Trout.


In the main event of the same card, Lara dominated Olympian Terrell Gausha over twelve rounds for a unanimous decision win.

Former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi could see a very familiar scenario playing out - where Hurd falls behind in the first half of the contest and is forced to rally down the stretch.

"I think Lara has the pedigree and Lara is more consistent with it, but the reality of it is.. we'll see how Hurd is with his power and his mental strength, and I noticed in his last fight that Hurd has a lot of mental strength... even in the Tony Harrison fight he showed a lot of mental strength. Hurd is not just a puncher with an awkward style," Malignaggi said to

"He's willing to go through those tough moments in a fight and then come back late with his power to win the fight or even stop it. We saw it in the Tony Harrison fight and we saw it with Austin Trout. I can see a fight where Lara is winning the fight, but Hurd makes it very tough when it goes late.

"Lara has the pedigree where maybe he survives [the late rally] or maybe he can shut it down or Hurd may even get it again. It's a tough fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lion33lit on 02-16-2018

[QUOTE=MEXfistology;18482504]Go do your research , Paulie "runs his mouth" when they ask him about the McGregor fight, he doesn't just start rumbling out of nowhere. The thing he does is defend himself and fire back, any man would, specially a…

Comment by lion33lit on 02-16-2018

[QUOTE=MEXfistology;18482504]Go do your research , Paulie "runs his mouth" when they ask him about the McGregor fight, he doesn't just start rumbling out of nowhere. The thing he does is defend himself and fire back, any man would, specially a…

Comment by daggum on 02-13-2018

its time for laras sacrificing. if they didnt let easter lose i dont see them letting hurd lose

Comment by Ganondorf on 02-13-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18482418]Yup! And thats why they fight.[/QUOTE] Right! I still got Lara by wide UD. Trout was absolutely undressing Hurd round after round until fatigue set in. That was clearly on the part of relentless pressure from Swift but I don't…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 02-13-2018

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;18483496]Lara handles Hurd, outboxing him early and surviving down the stretch[/QUOTE] Thats my take also. I mean Trput was landing everything but the kitchen sink on Hurd. But went stupid trying to outslug him in the end. Lara is too…

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