Hurd Wants Brook, Not Rematch with Lara
Unified WBA/IBF Super Welterweight Champion Jarrett Hurd fought a close bout with Erislandy Lara last month, with a final-round knockdown being enough to give Hurd the win in the title unification bout.
Plenty may feel that the close decision victory warrants a rematch between the two. But as reported by ESPN, that is not in Hurd’s plan.
“I don’t want a rematch,” Hurd said. “I don’t know how long I can hold the weight class. I’m trying to become undisputed champ and I feel like ‘I just beat you,’ so that’s going backwards.”
Hurd may not have much of a choice, as the WBA ordered the rematch last month — and refusal to compete could mean the end of any hopes of becoming the undisputed champion of the 154-pound division.
But if Hurd has it his way, he wants to face former IBF Welterweight Champion Kell Brook, so long as Brook traveled to the U.S. for the bout.
What we want is a fight with Kell Brook because we want a durable opponent, somebody who will be competitive and a fight with Kell Brook would be really competitive.
Brook’s return to the ring is planned for July against an opponent still to be determined. Brook’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, said Hurd could be in Brook’s plans following the July bout, but Brook may pursue an awaited bout with British rival Amir Khan.
Original Story: ESPN