BROOKLYN, NY – On two occasions, the ring side doctors looked at the deep cut to Jarrett Hurd’s left eye caused by two head butts and ruled that he could continue. The two busloads of Hurd fans, and the 7,643 fans in the Barclays Center stands, were holding their collective breaths as a stoppage due […]
BROOKLYN, NY – On two occasions, the ring side doctors looked at the deep cut to Jarrett Hurd’s left eye caused by two head butts and ruled that he could continue.
The two busloads of Hurd fans, and the 7,643 fans in the Barclays Center stands, were holding their collective breaths as a stoppage due to a head butt meant the winner would be determined by the scorecards – and at that point it was anybody’s guess as to who was winning the fight.
As it turned out, Hurd had damaged Austin Trout much more, and those same doctors ruled that he had taken too many blows and did not allow him to come out for round 11. The decision gave Hurd (21-0) the knockout win and the first defense of his International Boxing Federation super welterweight championship.
Hurd, 27, from Accokeek, is still a young fighter, while the southpaw Trout (30-4) had fought in eight title fights coming into the night.
“It is definitely more difficult to defend the title than to win it,” Hurd said. “I knew we were going to wear Trout down in the later rounds and eventually stop him. The cut made me a little better with my head movements.”
Trainer Ernesto Rodriquez let his fighter take over at the end.
“We wanted Hurd to stay on the outside, but he was determined to press the action and land some hard blows on Trout. I said go for it,” Rodriguez said. “Some fans may have thought Hurd was throwing a lot of arm punches, but man, believe me they hurt. Plus he is awkward to hit.”
At times Hurd looked like a monster in the movies. His hands were down by his side as he stalked the smaller man while landing some hard shots. Fight stats showed Hurd had an 89-31 edge in power punches in the final three rounds. A power punch is anything but a jab.
“Team Swift. We don’t run from anybody. 2018 is the year of the unification. It does not matter who it is. We will fight anyone,” Hurd said.
It was announced by IBF champion Errol Spence that he will take on Washington, D.C.’s Lamont Peterson in January of 2018. Details are still being worked out. Forestville’s Alantez Fox will fight on Oct. 21 on HBO.