Hurd Wins Vacant IBF Jr Middleweight Belt
Prior to the Premier Boxing Champions main event bout featuring WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Gerald Washington, a new IBF 154-pound champion needed to be crowned.
And that new champion is Jarrett Hurd, who defeated Tony Harrison by ninth-round TKO at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, on Saturday night.
Early on in the fight, the two each tried to establish dominance with solid jabs. The third round saw Harrison start to break through, as he began to land more combinations.
The story was more of the same in the fourth, but Hurd began to get into his own groove in the fifth. Hurd hurt Harrison again in the seventh, and it seemed Harrison was no longer in his comfort zone. Hurd began to get more calculative with his punches in the eighth, and in the ninth round, Harrison was knocked down to the canvas.
Then a few confusing moments happened in the ring. Harrison beat the referee’s count, but then he proceeded to spit out his mouth piece. Hurd began to celebrate as the referee waved off the bout. It seems that Harrison spit out his mouthpiece in order to get more time, which the ref clearly saw through and ended the bout right then and there.