Hurd Explains Welborn Pick For Return Fight

Jarrett Hurd has heard the criticism he’s taking for his selection of Jason Welborn as the man to stand across from the unified super middleweight champion on December 1st in Los Angeles.

Following a split-decision win over Erislandy Lara in April, the 28-year-old returns on the card for Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in search of his eight knockout in his last nine fights after surgery for a torn rotator cuff in June.

“I know that people might be upset that I’m fighting Jason Welborn, but I want to make sure the shoulder’s good,” said Hurd of the shoulder corresponding to same arm used to throw the flooring blow against Lara, a hybrid hook-uppercut that dropped the Cuban southpaw with 37 seconds left in their fight.

“With me coming off of the shoulder surgery, I don’t want to rush things. Plus, I’ve fought the toughest competition in the division for so many years that I think I deserve at least one fight to get better from the injury. This is a chance for me to see where I am in the recovery process.”

“Name another champion who has been fighting tough fights like Jarrett has, back-to-back-to-back, with the last two of them being former champions in Lara and Trout. We’re glad to see him back in the ring after the surgeries been taken care of,” said Hurd’s trainer Nesto Rodriguez about his fighter’s winning ways.

“As the champion in this situation, Jarrett is supposed to be the favorite, but I think we’re facing a strong, durable opponent. I believe that Jarrett’s going to go in there and box, and then, once he’s got his man broken down, he’s going to go for the stoppage, probably around the eighth or ninth round.”

“This has been a long time coming because I’ve been on the B-side for so many fights. So it’s good to be on the A-side. But for Jason Welborn, this is a chance at a big upset so I know that he’ll come to fight. Of course, I’ll take the knockout if it comes,” said Hurd of his December 1st return.

“But I do want to show the world that I can be versatile, moving and countering like I did in the Frank Galarza and Oscar Molina fights. I was more of a stalker against Harrison, Trout and Lara, but I want to use my range, length, jab and speed to show that I’m not just a brawler who has to walk you down.”

Initial Report: Boxing Scene

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