Hurd Edges Lara to Unify Titles

By Robert Ecksel on April 8, 2018
Hurd Edges Lara to Unify Titles
Two of the judges had it for Hurd. The third judge gave it to Lara. (TrappFotos/Showtime)

Saturday night at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, IBF champion Jarrett Hurd edged WBA champion Erislandy Lara to unify the super welterweight titles…

Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a fight televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing, IBF super welterweight champion Jarrett Hurd (21-0, 15 KOs), the young powerhouse from Accokeek, Maryland, edged WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara (25-2-2, 14 KOs), the wily southpaw from Miami, Florida, by way of Guantanamo, Cuba, to win a split decision after 12 rounds.

All three judges scored the fight 114-113. Two judges had it for Hurd. One judge gave it to Lara.

The dust hasn’t settled and the year is still young, but Saturday’s fight might be a candidate for fight of the year. The bout was competitive. There were no fouls. No officials marred the proceedings. And there was plenty of action—from both fighters.

Fighting out of the red corner in black trunks with orange trim, Hurd seemed to tower over his opponent. He was not only bigger, younger, and stronger than the man opposite him. Hurd was relentless. However unrefined his skills and porous his defense, on this night he would not be denied.

Lara, fighting out of the blue corner in white trunks trimmed in red and blue, ate more than his share of thudding punches. But acting as marksman to Hurd’s battalion, he counterpunched his way to a narrow lead on all three scorecards going into the final round.

With just 15 seconds left in the fight, Hurd landed a hybrid right hook/uppercut, followed by a hard left hook that dropped Lara to the canvas. He beat the count and was fighting back when the bell to end the round and fight sounded.

It was a dramatic end to a dramatic fight.

Hurd connected more frequently but at a lower percentile. According to CompuBox he landed 217 of 824 (26%) total punches to Lara’s 176 of 572 (31%). With Lara fading as the fight drew to a close, with his right eye swollen and soon to be useless, Hurd landed 106 punches to Lara’s 71 in the last four rounds.

Much like Wladimir Klitschko in his fight with Anthony Joshua, in losing as he did Lara won. He didn’t fight as he usually fights. He fought as he was forced to fight and looked good doing it.

“It was a great fight for the fans,” Lara said. “I stood and fought a lot and it was fun. I thought I clearly won the fight. Once again a decision goes against me.”

Hurd connected more frequently but at a lower percentile. According to CompuBox he landed 217 of 824 (26%) total punches to Lara’s 176 of 572 (31%). With Lara fading as the fight drew to a close, with his right eye swollen and soon to be useless, Hurd landed 106 punches to Lara’s 71 in the last four rounds.

Much like Wladimir Klitschko in his fight with Anthony Joshua, in losing as he did Lara won. He didn’t fight as he usually fights. He fought as he was forced to fight and looked good doing it.

“It was a great fight for the fans,” Lara said. “I stood and fought a lot and it was fun. I thought I clearly won the fight. Once again a decision goes against me.

“Besides the last round, I thought I was winning this fight easily. The problem was the cut on the eye. I couldn’t see in the last round.”

With Lara vanquished, at least for now, Hurd wants to fight WBC champ Jermell Charlo and the feeling is mutual.

Charlo was ringside at Hard Rock and his words sting as bad as his punches.

“Hurd has to get his defense together because he cannot get hit by me like that by me,” he said. “Lara doesn’t move like he used to. If he moves like he used to he wins that fight. I’m down. Let’s go. We want that work. I feel Hurd only took the fight with Lara because he realized the harder fight is with Jermell Charlo.”

True that. Those twins are double trouble. Those brothers can fight.

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  1. Balaamsass 01:45pm, 04/10/2018

    @nonperson-Ahhh yes! There you are, you grievance ridden, hate filled cretin…sprung from Bellevue and back at the shelter! I’m betting you’re the only certified nutcase there with a laptop! I would give odds that the voices are giving you holy hell right about now! Get back on the lithium and stop that Goddamned self medicating….not for your sake but for the safety of those around you!

  2. nonprophet 05:15am, 04/10/2018

    Balaamsass’ comments (Eye-no-who-u-rrr) = ignorant jibberish!!  Go sit down.

  3. Ralph Fight Fan 08:36pm, 04/09/2018

    “Hurd wants to fight WBC champ Jermell Charlo and the feeling is mutual.” It is said “You should be careful for what you wish for, you might get it.”
    Hurd is in trouble with this fight. Both of these twins are outstanding boxers, but more interesting, Jermell is straight-up CRAY CRAY. I’ve worked in mental health, I know the type. Jermell is also one to hold a grudge and he’s workin’ on it for Mr. Hurd-he has named Hurd “Mr. Keep Runnin’ Yo’ Mouth” hinting at what might be a very deep seated hatred for Hurd, based on Hurd’s comments connected to his wanting to fight Charlo. Combine crazy, grudge and Hurd’s ill-advised smack talk to and about Jermell and you have ignited, Mr. Hurd, a burning desire in crazy but dangerous Jermell (ask Ericson Lubin) to put a real hurting on you. I’ve marveled that when either Charlo brother, in a fight, gets warmed up and they start letting their hands go, those arms look like US Marine Corps. Howitzers firing shells-INCOMING! And when they throw, they both are trying hard to take someone’s head off (again, ask Lubin-po’boy didn’t have a chance!) So, the moral of the story is that when they touch ‘em up, this thing is shaping up that Hurd is going to have a real real bad day at the office. The Lara fight demonstrated for all to see, and for Jermell to see close up from his ringside seat, that Hurd’s absence of true boxing skill combined with a habit of plowing forward and taking shots to give some means all Jermell has to do is time this guy’s bull rush and this fight may not last long. Hurd could take Lara’s punching,  which I rate as good but not nearly the powerful, accurate and fast punching Jermell is going to put on this guy once he gets dialed in and adjusts to Hurd’s bull rushes.  Like Jermell said, he’s going to sleep. Count on it. Neither of these bad-ass twins, Mr. Hurd, should be taken lightly, particularly the crazy one.

  4. tetumbo 12:21pm, 04/09/2018

    a lot of short memories in the fight-game. otherwise, Lara planted his feet and went toe-to-toe v. Molina (who he never rematched despite escaping with a widely-disparaged decision), Williams (who declined to exploit his own reach advantage to engage in an inside-brawl), and Angulo who decked Lara twice and was on his way to a dramatic TKO win before the pain of the swollen hematoma on his eye compelled him to bail from that bout mid-round. ultimately, Lara is/was an extraordinary talent whose looked great v. good competition but has consistently struggled to dominate or subdue better-than-average, never mind elite competition. his performance v. Canelo was a blatant DISGRACE, i.e,. who would dare claim that Lara’s performance v. Canelo was superior to his performance v. Hurd?

  5. Balaamsass 10:29am, 04/09/2018

    Memo to GGG & Co: Just get Sulecki to step aside and really pound the shit out of Jacobs this time! Then forget Saunders and the faux 168 pounders who are really cruiserweights and focus on all those faux 154 pounders like Hurd who are really lightheavys ...there’s plenty of fun to be had there!

  6. Balaamsass 08:23pm, 04/08/2018

    Lara did as good as could be expected against big headed, heavy handed Lurch! Gotta love it! Adalaide Byrd strikes again! She’s perfect for Vegas….absolutely perfect…. kinda’ like a Cirque du Soleil version of a boxing judge! A poster on another site claimed that he/she liked Addy because she proves the point that you can be total shit at your job and still keep it!

  7. rgb 11:23am, 04/08/2018

    To this day all both Hurd and Charlo have ever done is fight little tiny fighters 2 weight classes below them. Hurd can’t box, he just blasts and outlasts tiny people. Charlos look great against munchkins. I cant get excited about either of them till they stop gaming the system and fight someone their own size.

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