Hurd Wants Unification Fight With Lara
IBF junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd is looking for a unification fight with the current WBA and IBO world champion Erislandy Lara. Hurd believes the road to WBC champion, Jermell Charlo, is a dominant win over Lara.
All three champions were showcased on a Barclays Center event in October of 2017, defending their respective titles.
Hurd made a statement victory, when he became the first man to stop Austin Trout, and Charlo made quick work of Erickson Lubin in one round. In the main event, while Lara dominated all twelve rounds against former United States Olympian Terrell Gausha.
While Hurd has been calling for Lara, the undefeated IBF champ has been targeted in a few interviews by Charlo.
“Charlo’s called me out a few times. That’s a megafight everyone wants to see, and it’s gonna happen,” Hurd said to Premier Boxing Champions.
“I want to unify against the man everyone considers to be the best and most feared in the division, and that’s Erislandy Lara. After I punish and maybe stop Lara like no one has before, that would make the Charlo fight even bigger.”
“My best attributes are not my jab, reach, size or right hand, but my composure, finding ways to win. Whatever happens, I know how to remain calm. I can take a shot and not show any effects, which breaks my opponents, mentally.”
Hurd’s trainer, Ernesto Rodriguez, questioned why Charlo not pushing forward to unify with Lara. At one time Charlo and Lara were both training under Ronnie Shields, but Charlo left to be trained by Derrick James.
The current plan, says Rodriguez, is to batter Lara into submission and then place a target on Charlo.
“Charlo’s had the opportunity to fight Lara, but for whatever reason, friends or not, they haven’t fought,” said Rodriguez.
“Trout wasn’t the mandatory: Jarrett asked [the IBF] for an exception to fight him in order to make a statement. So now, we’ll punish Lara if not, knock him out, and then Charlo can be next in line.”