LOS ANGELES – Accokeek native Jarrett “Swift” Hurd unified the Super Welterweight division seven months ago in Las Vegas.
After that fight, Hurd had shoulder surgery, and he did not fight for several weeks.
“I rehabbed for over eight weeks. It was hard and painful,” Hurd said.
On Dec. 1, Hurd put his three belts on the line against Britain’s Jason Welborn (24-7) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as the co-feature on the Deontay Wilder, Jason Fury card.
Hurd (23-0) came away with a fourth-round knockout after landing a vicious right hand to Welborn’s solar plexus.
Before that punch, Welborn had put Hurd on the ropes several times and was winning two out of the first three rounds on the judge’s cards. The crowd appeared to on Welborn’s side, and his British fans were hoping for a major upset.
Hurd, 28, was feeling the same way.
“I got caught up on the ropes and got caught with some shots and said that’s enough,” Hurd said. Hurd, the International Boxing Organization, World Boxing Association and the International Boxing Federation champion, began to get back to the center of the ring and followed his plan which was to test his left shoulder by snapping his jab to the face of Welborn, who was fighting in America for the first time.
Known to be a slow starter, Hurd picked up the pace in rounds two and three, but Welborn was still bringing the action to the champion.
“I was just coming off surgery, so I wanted to see how I worked off of the jab,” Hurd said. “I heard the crowd, and I didn’t want him to get brave, so I turned it up and got the knockdown.”
Welborn tried to get up at the count of nine and a half, but veteran referee Lou Moret called the last knockout of his 30-year career. He was officiating his last fight.
Hurd said he wants to fight his next fight at home against a right-handed opponent and then talk about fighting one of the Charlo twins.
The other fight action on that night took place at the new Entertainment and Sports Arena in SE Washington, D.C.’s Ward 8.
It was the first professional boxing match at the arena. The crowd was small, and the action was lackluster.
Popular DMV contender, Dusty Harrison withdrew as the main event because of a bruised shoulder.
“I hurt my shoulder and was not able to train for over two weeks and decided to postpone my fight,” Harrison said.
That moved multiple belt holder, Tori Nelson from Ashburn, Virginia, to the top of the card. The 42-year-old, mother won a unanimous decision over Sanna Turunen. Nelson added the UBF middleweight belt to her collection with a shutout on all judge’s cards, 100-90. She improved her record to 19-2-3.
Other local fighters did well, also. George Harris from Silver Spring improved to 2-0, Alexander Johnson from Washington, D.C. won a unanimous decision to take his record to 17-4-1, Jordan White from D.C. scored a first-round TKO to move to 7-1.
D.C.’s Kareem Martin won a unanimous decision to go to 11-2 and local favorite Sam “The Vanilla Gorilla” Crossed from Greenbelt, got a hometown split decision to stay unbeaten at 8-0.