WBA Orders Hurd vs. Lara Rematch
The World Boxing Association (WBA) has ordered newly-crowned 154-pound champion Jarrett Hurd to fight Erislandy Lara once more.
According to a report from Boxing Scene, the governing body ordered the two boxers to fight in a rematch and have been given 30 days to negotiate a fight or else the bout will go to purse bids. The first fight between the two headlined a Showtime Championship Boxing card from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas back on April 7 with Hurd coming out as the victor.
Hurd, who came into the fight as the International Boxing Federation (IBF) 154-pound champion, got a split decision victory over Lara to unify the IBF and WBA junior middleweight titles. Hurd won on two scorecards with 114-113 scores on those cards while Lara was ahead on only one card with a 114-113 scorecard as well. Lara had been clamoring for a rematch since the defeat to Hurd.
“It was a great fight for the fans. I stood there, fought and it was fun. I thought I clearly won the fight. Once again, a decision goes against me, but hey we just have to do the rematch,” said Lara in a post-fight interview.
Original Story: Boxing Scene