NEW YORK – Twice now, Jarrett Hurd has been fortunate to perform under a brighter spotlight than he’d originally expected. On both of those nights, Hurd has made the most of the opportunity. Hurd’s fight with Oscar Molina was broadcast live on CBS this past Saturday after another bout that was supposed to open the […]
NEW YORK – Twice now, Jarrett Hurd has been fortunate to perform under a brighter spotlight than he’d originally expected.
On both of those nights, Hurd has made the most of the opportunity.
Hurd’s fight with Oscar Molina was broadcast live on CBS this past Saturday after another bout that was supposed to open the show in Brooklyn was called off due to an injury. Hurd (18-0, 12 KOs) knocked Molina (13-1-1, 10 KOs) down in the opening minutes and went on to hand Molina his first loss in the 10th and final round.
A similar thing happened last November. Hurd was thrust into the main event on Showtime, scoring a sixth-round technical knockout over Frank Galarza in Las Vegas.
This recent victory didn’t just raise Hurd’s stature in the 154-pound division. It also gave the 12,000 people in attendance and the millions watching on television a good reason to remember his name.
“I’m the kid that no one ever really heard of. So when these opportunities come and I go out there and perform the way I do, it opens up a lot of doors for me,” Hurd, a 25-year-old from Accokeek, said afterward.
Hurd made a statement from the outset, countering Molina’s left jab with a well-timed right uppercut that dropped Molina to the canvas. Molina rose, recovered and fought back well. That wasn’t a surprise. He was once a good amateur who represented Mexico in the 2012 Olympics, and had not yet lost a fight as a pro. Molina had gone down, but he wasn’t going away easy.
Hurd and Molina often fought in close quarters, each man trying to wear the other down. Hurd landed more than Molina in every round, yet Molina occasionally landed crisp shots to keep Hurd aware.
“I knew Molina was going to be a tough opponent,” Hurd said. “He weathered the storm. I landed a lot of shots on him. He fought through it.”
And then Hurd turned the storm into a deluge. He dominated the eighth, ninth and 10th rounds, landing 99 punches while Molina connected with just 30, according to CompuBox.
“I felt like Hurd was throwing a lot of punches in the 10th round, but they weren’t really hurting me,” Molina said afterward.
Still, the referee called the fight off with about a minute to go. While some felt the stoppage was premature, Hurd was otherwise well on his way to victory, with a wide lead on all three judges’ scorecards going into the last round.
Molina fell to 13-1-1 with 10 knockouts. Hurd moved to 18-0 with 12 KOs and in his eyes, he also moved from one echelon to another.
“Coming in I was a prospect, but I feel like I’m leaving now as a contender,” he said. “We are looking to get some better opposition to put on my resume. I’ve only had two fights on the big stage. We want to take the right route to where I need to be. We got a lot of time. I’m still young. But whatever they give me, I’m ready.”