Trout: Hurd Not Ready for Me; Opponents He Beat Not on My Level

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Austin Trout was impressed with the heart Jarrett Hurd displayed by stopping Tony Harrison in his last fight.

Trout thinks Hurd was losing to Harrison before he came back to win by ninth-round technical knockout and captured the then-vacant IBF junior middleweight title February 25 in Birmingham, Alabama. The former WBA 154-pound champion also commended Hurd for embracing an optional defense of his title against an accomplished, experienced southpaw who’s still in his physical prime.

Trout also thinks Hurd made a matchmaking mistake for which he’ll pay October 14 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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“He ain’t ready, man,” Trout said after a press conference Wednesday at Barclays Center. “He ain’t ready, but it’s gonna be interesting. He’s gonna get up for the fight. He’s been training; I’ve been training. In my mind, he’s better than me, and I’ve gotta get better than him. But he’s not. That’s just me motivating myself to be better than I am. I don’t think he’s ready and I’m gonna prove it October 14th.”

The 27-year-old Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs), of Accokeek, Maryland, has defeated Harrison, JoJo Dan, Oscar Molina and Frank Galarza in his past four fights. Those opponents entered the ring against Hurd with a combined record of 89-4-3, but the 31-year-old Trout (30-3, 17 KOs) is certain they didn’t prepare Hurd for what he’ll encounter October 14.

“They’re not on my level,” Trout said. “They were good opponents for an up-and-comer, but they’re not on my level. I would dispatch of any of those guys, too.”

Hurd-Trout will be one of three 154-pound championship bouts Showtime will broadcast next month from Barclays Center.

Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs), a Cuban southpaw based in Houston, is set to defend his WBA super world super welterweight title against Cleveland’s Terrell Gashau (20-0, 9 KOs) in the main event. The telecast also will include a bout between WBC super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs), of Houston, and mandatory challenger Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs), of Orlando, Florida.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Redd Foxx on 09-07-2017

[QUOTE=Mammoth;18023046]Hurd is 6'1". This could be like the Charlo fight all over again.[/QUOTE] Hurd has no where near the footwork, reflexes, or speed of Charlo. Unless Trout gets too confident and underestimates his power, Austin should take this without too…

Comment by BigZ44 on 09-07-2017

Was at the Hurd/Harrison fight. I like Hurd, think he's got some skill, but Harrison was outboxing him for the first half of the fight and I hold Trout in higher regard. Think Trout wins by decision

Comment by sicko on 09-07-2017

I think people are now underestimating Hurd because of the Harrison fight. Wouldn't be shocked if he bounces back and look impressive in this one even though I like Trout and know he will bring it

Comment by Juicy J on 09-07-2017

I'm in the minority here. I like trout to pull out the W. He's skilled, tough, battle tested, and a big step up in class. Hurd gets compared to jermall alot because of their similar size, but i think Charlo…

Comment by Mammoth on 09-07-2017

Hurd is 6'1". This could be like the Charlo fight all over again.

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