Jarrett Hurd On Gaming, Fighting, And Family
Jarrett Hurd may be hours away from becoming an undisputed world champion, but there is one thing that would make his career even sweeter, seeing himself in a boxing video game.
Hurd spoke with FIGHT SPORTS, who is set to face Erislandy Lara on April 7th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Growing up on a steady diet of playing the Dreamcast game Ready 2 Rumble, and EA Sports Knockout Kings, the Maryland native wanted to be able to play as himself in a game. There isn’t one coming out in the near future, but if there were one, the IBF Super Welterweight champion would have a great case to be in it.
Even if he cannot turn on his game console and play as himself, he is looking to improve his stats heading into his fight with Lara. Unlike his last fight with Austin Trout, the IBF titlist is looking to work on his footwork and head movement, instead of focusing on the knockout that he connected on Trout.
Jarrett isn’t the only Hurd appearing on TV screens, as his niece, Lyric, appears not only on the Netflix show Roxanne Roxanne, but also has an Instagram following over 111,000 people at only nine years old.
The proud uncle is ecstatic for her success, “its crazy man, she’s doing bigger things than me and she’s only nine.”
“Its a blessing to see that the last name Hurd could carry on in a big way.”
While the Hurd name is growing world wide, at one point Jarrett Hurd gave up on boxing. He and his brother both were training under Thomas Browner in Maryland, who would pass away while Hurd was an amateur.
When asked about Browner, Hurd claimed that his passing was the reason for him to go pro, because of a piece of advice that stuck in his head.
“He told me something while I was always working at Safeway, ‘if you know how to fight you won’t need a job,'” said Hurd, and it has stuck with him ever since.