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Jarrett Hurd drops Erislandy Lara in closing seconds to win decision in thrilling unification bout

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LAS VEGAS — Jarrett Hurd kept marching. And marching. And marching.

It didn’t matter how many punches Erislandy Lara connected with. It didn’t matter how much energy Hurd expended. He refused to be denied.

Hurd kept pressing and pressing, and finally, with about 15 ticks remaining in the fight, Hurd delivered the punch that won him the fight: a sharp, hammer-like left hook that planted Lara on the black ring canvas.

Lara collected himself, his right eye closed shut after absorbing countless punches from a far bigger man, and finished the fight, an excellent matchup that featured back-and-forth action from bell to bell on Saturday before a sold-out crowd of 2,579 at at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

In the end, the knockdown was the difference on the scorecards as Hurd pulled out a razor-thin split decision victory: 114-113 for Lara, overruled by two 114-113 tallies for Hurd, who unified junior middleweight titles and more importantly, placed himself directly on a star path.

“It was a tough one, but I went out there and did exactly what I said I was going to do – fight all 12 rounds and get the victory,” said Hurd, who added Lara’s WBA belt to the IBF title he already owned.

“I feel like I was in control the whole fight, applying the pressure. I don’t think it had anything to do with (Lara’s) age (34). I think it was me and the game plan we had to apply the pressure.”

That pressure was absolutely swarming. Round-after-round, second-after-second, Hurd churned his legs, cut off the ring, and bullied Lara into the ropes, all the while swinging with power shots that found their mark.

Slowly but surely, Lara’s right eye began to swell and Hurd never stopped coming.

The strategy Hurd (22-0, 15 knockouts) employed was wise, and it was the one he promised to use months before the fight was even signed, when he was purely calling for a shot at THE RING’s No. 1 junior middleweight. Hurd watched Lara’s 2013 bout with Alfredo Angulo and saw the blueprint then.

Even though Angulo lost after his eye was closed shut, he was able to score two knockdowns of Lara and his pressure gave Lara fits.

So Hurd went to work, and used his superior size to break Lara down. Hurd must have known he wasn’t going to so much outbox Lara as outwork him. After all, Hurd’s amateur career was abbreviated and unmemorable, and Lara is one of the most accomplished fighter’s in the storied Cuban amateur system.

“Lara is the type of guy that always had trouble with pressure fighters,” said Hurd, who called for a fight with Jermell Charlo in the fall, one that’s bound to crown a new RING champion at 154 pounds. “I knew that my size and power if I was able to pressure him the way I did I would be successful.”

Lara (25-3-2, 14 KOs) is often panned for his cautious, safety-first style, but he started fast and actually pushed forward in Round 1 with plenty of overhand lefts that were delivered with precision.

When Lara lets his hands go, his offensive gifts are obvious: the way he sets up shots and his punch variety all impressed. He controlled the first two rounds, and when the fight was in the center of the ring, he flourished.

He’s been the top dog at 154 pounds for years, and he fought Canelo Alvarez on even terms in a 2014 defeat. And even if Hurd’s determination won the night, Lara won respect. He’s been criticized — dogged, even — by fans and media alike for his level of competition and the boring nature of his matchups since his pay-per-view bout with Canelo.

If there’s such a thing as a moral victory in sports, this was it.

“It was a great fight for the fans​,” Lara said. “I stood and fought a lot and it was fun. I thought I clearly won the fight. Once again a decision goes against me​,​ but ​h​ey, we just gotta do the rematch.”

Even as Hurd continued to pressure Lara, the longtime titleholder stood his ground and traded with the 27-year-old from Maryland. Lara landed some sharp shots, and did some great body work, but Hurd was never deterred.

Hurd’s heavy, clubbing shots thudded with each connect — all 217 of them — and he even mixed in a few lead rights, too.

It was apparent Lara couldn’t keep up this pace. Something had to give, even as he tried to hold Hurd off with powerful uppercuts on the inside. The punches never had an effect.

He was like a cyborg on a mission, and he was able to lure Lara into a myriad of brutal exchanges, and it was always Lara who emerged the worse for wear.

Finally, Hurd broke through with that punishing left hook in the closing seconds, the punch that won him the fight. Despite all his success, many of the rounds were tough to parse, and without the knockdown, Lara would have earned the decision.

Instead, it’s Hurd who’s destined for greater things, and he’s now the king of the junior middleweight division.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • Chris Stans

    Hurd still has flaws but seems to making improvements. But more importantly, yesterday if you had told me that Erislandy fucking Lara would fight like a beast and be in a foty contender I would have laughed in your face.

    • John Newman

      2018 magic.

      • Left Hook2

        It was a great fight. .that Hurd made happen. He was always forcing the fight, unlike those others where pressure was applied alternately by each fighter

        • John Newman

          I completely agree. I think Hurd deserves all the credit for the excitement, and for the pressure and confidence that he brought. I had him winning a little wider than the official scorecards, but can easily see why most judges would favor crisper, tighter boxing (even if it was clearly, to my eyes, less effective in this instance).

    • Stephen M

      Terrific fight. Lara has skills and balls. Hurd fought a really terrific fight and is much more skilled both offensively and defensively than I thought.

      • John Newman

        I agree. His jab is still pretty poor, especially for someone with so much reach, but that might be simply because a fight at distance in the center of the ring favored Lara so much. His left hook was brutal all night, I think it won him the fight more than any other punch in his arsenal.

        • ceylon mooney

          that knockdown and setup was fantastic. his varying power and speed on his inside game was really good.

          • John Newman

            I’m still surprised he put so much leverage on the right that floored Lara. I know the knockdown was more of an accumulation of punches, but he still needed to catch Lara clean to drop him. That he is so good inside with so much length speaks well for his ability to consistently win the kinds of fights he likes.

          • ceylon mooney

            i thought that lil tap uppercut brought his jaw up pn the bullseye for that hook.

            im not sure if its what u mean but i dont think heda landed that punch if lara wasnt worn out.

          • D. Gambino

            If it wasn’t an arm punch he would’ve put Lara out. Hurd didn’t have his hips in that one. Great setup though.

          • Mikkel Haun

            Lara has never been knocked out as a pro, so don’t paint it like he was ready to go. He’s one of the best fighters to turn pro out of Cuba and at age 34 with weak match-ups since July 2014, this was proven once again against Hurd, who too posesses serious potential, even through Lara lost.

            I did score it 114-113 in favour of Lara, but I can easily see an argument for a victory for Hurd.

          • D. Gambino

            Nice – I found a Lara fan boy!

            Lara does have a good chin but he WAS ready to go. He was hurt badly by that punch from Hurd. He was out of gas in the 12th round. Lara’s a smart fighter so he was able to survive but again, had that punch not been an arm punch, Hurd likely would have got the stoppage even if Lara managed to get up before the ten count.

            It was a close fight and the right guy won. I feel it should be in the running for fight of the year thus far.

      • Chris Stans

        Hurd’s technique in this fight compared to when he fought Trout is night and day. Really impressed with his offensive arsenal.

  • Jayo2.0

    Hurd seems like a nice guy, but he has zero charisma. He’s a pretty good fighter, but he’s like the anti-Wilder. Not sure how he makes 154, but he seems to win mainly by being way bigger than his opponents. Not a fan. At least he comes to fight, though.

    • Wade Wilson

      He’s top heavy.

      • Mike M.

        His legs need more cowbell

      • Ten Count Toronto

        Most of todays fighters are, but he’s not as asymetrical as Gary Thurman or Devon Alexander, who are basically classical Middleweights on top and Featherweights from bellow the waist. I thought he looked a little less ripped and hulking than he did for the Trout & Harrison fights, and I think his handspeed was a little better than I’ve seen it in the past.

        • Wade Wilson

          Not most but enough of the prominent fighters are that it gives young fighters the wrong idea. It’s really a shame as so much comes from the legs. Too many think that resistance training is for the upper body alone in the sport when nothing can be further from the truth.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Hate the system, not the fighter. It’s not like Hurd is the only guy taking advantage of the weigh-in system among other things.

      • Charlie U.

        Exactly.

      • Jayo2.0

        I don’t hate him, but i don’t love him either. But it’s true, the weigh-in system needs to be changed. Lots of fighters take the win by weigh-in approach, which is basically cheating, IMO.

    • Charlie U.

      Why does he have zero charisma? He seems pretty charismatic to me. Does he have to go on record as saying he wants to kill someone in the ring to pass your charisma test?

      • Ten Count Toronto

        I think people mean to imply that boxing audiences crave more of a bad-boy image superstar. I remember such an undercurrent of frustration in the 90’s every time Holyfield won the title, despite the endless number of FOTY candidates he produced there was a large segment of the press and public which seemed to see it as a crisis that boxing didn’t have a marquee division champion with a more thuggish image. Same thing with Lewis & the Klitschkos. Fortunately it didn’t prevent them from raking in tens of Millions $$, but there was always a dissatisfaction with this in the background.

        • ceylon mooney

          i dont care for that. sometimesmits entertaining, but i prefer good doeticos-gassiev and cuadras-estrada as far as personalities. LUV the japanese fighters with this.

        • Jayo2.0

          On behalf of myself, I agree.

      • Jayo2.0

        If you think he’s charismatic, you must have the personality of an oak tree. He’s boring AF, before and after the bell ring. Somebody should keep this guy away from the microphone. It’s like listening to your accountant talk about boxing.

        • Charlie U.

          Stick to watching WWE. Jarrett Hurd is a world champion professional athlete. I’m sure you’ll get what you’re looking for at WrestleMania tonight. Go get your rocks off on the fake stuff and the brilliant mic skills of AJ Styles.

          • Jayo2.0

            I’ve never heard of ‘AJ Styles’ and I don’t watch WWE. Figures that your nerdy ass would have a hard-on for Hurd.

          • Charlie U.

            You appear to be a Mayweather fan from the “demographic”. If that’s the case, there’s no point in attempting any rational discussion with you. Those don’t exist in that world.

          • Jayo2.0

            Why is that? You can’t be a Mayweather fan and be rational? LOL. Mayweather’s OK.

          • Charlie U.

            Nope. Except for Ceylon.

          • Jayo2.0

            You’re an idIot. You and Ceylon would make great partners.

          • ceylon mooney

            im goin on record as a mayweather
            fan.

          • Charlie U.

            Et tu, Ceylon? Well, you’re the exception.

          • ceylon mooney

            hey man, i think im rational, but then again that could be because im delusional.

          • Charlie U.

            I agree with you. I’m saying you’re the exception to typically irrational Mayweather fans.

          • ceylon mooney

            ha! thx man.

            still with that dude had fought margarito at 147.

        • Cousin Strawberry ( Cheech)

          😂😂😂..true.

    • left hook

      I think Hurd has a bit of boxing skills but when he has the weight advantage over his opponent, he uses that to bully and win. Similar to what Tyson Fury did to Steve Cunningham.

      • Jayo2.0

        I guess I can agree with that assessment. I wish certain fighters didn’t always have that weight advantage though. It’s basically cheating, IMO.

        • left hook

          Yeah I feel u. Maidana was a middle weight when he fought Floyd in the 1st fight. Canelo was a supermiddle when he fought Floyd too.

          • Jayo2.0

            I didn’t realize that about the 1st Maidana fight.

      • Left Hook2

        Duh..they weighed the same

        • left hook

          They didnt fight night.

  • ceylon mooney

    the commentary was atrocious. they were sayin dumb shit all nite like “4 or 5 unanswered shots by hurd” when not one landed. theyd backpedal on a buncha the replays when slo mo showed hurds shots not landing. does
    compubox ever do that?

    • Ten Count Toronto

      I’ll take your word for it until the replay Luckily my broadcast was in Polish!

    • Charlie U.

      Barry Tompkins is almost 80 years old. Cut him some slack. Hahaha.

    • Julio

      Yeah, many of Hurd’s shots were picked up by Lara’s gloves or he simply rolled with them.

      • ceylon mooney

        i had a hard time seein that in real time. it took me a few replays to realize.

    • Left Hook2

      Compubox does not go back. It is first sight as it happens. Too many people harp on a partially blocked punch and forget that he is still throwing punches and inflicting damage. Percentages don’t win fights..punches do.

      • ceylon mooney

        in that case i think compubox, like the ringside commentators minus paulie, was counting the punches that didnt land, as the slo mo replays showed.

        • Left Hook2

          Correct. They count what they feel landed in real time. Makes sense as judges score in real time.

          • ceylon mooney

            ive only seen a coupla fights where i could tel the punch count was dead wrong.

        • Left Hook2

          It’s hard to count live. Happens too quickly. Plus, blocked punches inflict damage.

          • ceylon mooney

            doesnt matter. blocked punches are not part of scoring criteria.

  • Mike M.

    Fantastic fight can’t wait for the rematch. I’ve been pretty high on Hurd and loved the pressure he brought the entire fight but felt Lara did more than enough to take it by 2. Hurd just didn’t do enough between rounds 5-9, often punching Lara’s shoulders and gloves when his man was trapped and never seemed willing to commit the body with both hands, or jabbing his way inside. I gave Lara rds 1,2,5,6,7,8,9. (7-5 Lara). I really felt Hurd was going to chew Lara up before round 10…seeing how often Hurd was able to get to Lara early, I was underwhelmed when he didn’t press the issue in the middle rounds so I saw no reason to give the bigger man the benefit of the doubt.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      That’s interesting. I thought the 5th & 8th were among Hurd’s better rounds and I though he was hurting Lara to the body in those rounds and doing more damage although I realize that Lara landed the far cleaner and prettier looking punches in those and most other rounds. Still I would sooner have given Lara the 11th than the 5th or 8th.

      Hurd scored than knockdown with arm punches, his knees were locked upright and his waist barely moved, that was the cumulative effect of the damage done in the middle rounds, including the punches to Lara’s shell.

      • Mike M.

        I’ll re-watch those rounds more closely, Its easy to get tunnel vision when they fight at that pace I might end up changing my mind. 5 and 8 were in fact good rounds for Hurd. Round 5 too many of his punches were partially blocked for him to beat Laras cleaner punches imo. Round 8 was kind of a toss up, but Hurd seemed to let Lara off the hook in that round..he landed some good leather but gave Lara too much breathing room when he had him backed up to the ropes.

        Lara had a good round 11 but Hurd had officially imposed himself by then and had more leverage on his punches, so I gave it to him. 100% believe he’d of gotten the stoppage if he went for it a little harder in rds 8 and 9, but yeah that KD was gnarly considering he stood straight legged. Idunno if I’d say the damage he did in the middle rounds led to Lara breaking down so much as his relentless pressure forced Lara to fight uncharacteristically hard for 12 rounds.

        Don’t get me wrong though. I’m really happy for Hurd and have no problem with him getting the victory or anyone who thinks he deserved it.

        • Ten Count Toronto

          I don’t think 7-5 for Lara is a horrible or unjustifiable scorecard and there were quite a few swing rounds in the fight which could be scored any of three ways depending on how you distribute the weight among different scoring criteria, that’s hat made the fight suspenseful & compelling. I do agree that Lara had an advantage in cleaner and more stylish punches but i don’t accept that it was necessarily more effective than the work Hurd was doing in each of the rounds.

          In the case of JM Marquez vs Juan Diaz, I was scoring more of the rounds for the cleaner & more precise punches by Marquez on the hunch it would get to Diaz in the later rounds and it did. Perhaps if Lara-Hurd was less of size mismatch the same thing would have happened but as it was I got the sense Hurd was ultimately getting the better of it.

          • John Newman

            I think a 7-5 card for Lara is pretty generous. I wouldn’t cry foul, because it is still a justifiable card, but I think someone would have to score style points to give Lara that edge.

            I guess someone could apply the idea that a crisp punch is more effective than one that looks pushed or slapped, but it was clear (to my eyes at least) that Hurd’s ugly punches were more effective than Lara’s textbook ones from about the third round on.

            Hurd’s size advantage was the biggest factor in making his punches effective, but he made the weight. Hurd himself repeatedly said that his size and pressure would carry the fight. He was 100% right. I would have a hard time with anyone counting that advantage against him.

          • David T

            1,2,4,5,7,10,11 for Lara IMO. A couple of the rounds could’ve really went either way though. No issue with the scorecards at all – but given that two judges had it as 114-113 for Hurd, it really states that without the knockdown one judge had Lara winning and the other two had a draw.

          • John Newman

            I think the judges favored Lara’s punches and style a little bit. And I think that would be consistent with Las Vegas judges (at least for the last ten years).

            It was a well-scored fight. I have no issue with the judges scorecards, and none with yours. It does tell me you favor crisp, accurate punches over thudding ones from a fighter who’s grinding the other one down. It’s a matter of opinion.

            I can see why both fighters thought they won clearly. They each favor their own style. The best (and perhaps only) validation I have for my own opinion/scoring (which is to try to avoid favoring a style and score the fighter who seems to be more effectively hurting his opponent) is the knockdown.

            I also started to think that Hurd was hurting Lara more than Lara was hurting Hurd when Lara kept trying to headbutt the bigger man. It didn’t change my scoring, but it made me think that Hurd had really gotten into Lara’s a**.

          • Mike M.

            That’s a fair assessment. I don’t think anyone’s wrong, like Ten Count mentioned you can score some rounds 3 different ways. I tried scoring as objectively as I could; I didn’t want to under value what Lara was doing because Hurd was bigger and heavier handed.

            I tend to favor clean punching over volume. That’s not to say Hurds pressure wasn’t effective. Late in the fight I felt both guys needed to win the 12th to edge it, so I knew at least 1 judge was going to have Hurd leading..it was that kind of fight. I can see some folk scoring it 7-5(that’s including the KD) for Hurd. I wouldn’t have cried foul over that.

          • John Newman

            I completely agree. And I think it’s all about what style you favor and what punching you reward with points. I’ve long tried to follow the Lederman model of scoring for the fighter whose punches seemed to do more damage (I’ve also heard a few retired judges say they do/did the same thing).

            A fight is definitely more open for interpretation when the styles are so different. The only indications that I had that Hurd’s punches were more effective was Lara switching away from sticking and moving (after the second round, when Hurd started to pressure him harder) and the knockdown (which didn’t come until the twelfth).

    • ceylon mooney

      the commentators – not so much paulie – have hurd credit for punched he didnt land.

  • Luca Blight

    Mike Perez, Rigo, Barthelemy, Dorticos, Ortiz, and now Lara. Is there any other Cuban who will follow the trend?

    • left hook

      I thought about the samething u know. Cubans are just losing left right and centre.

    • Julio

      Cuban fighters traditionally have not fared very well in the paid ranks with the notable of exception of Casamayor in recent years.

      • David T

        In all fairness Lara’s 3 losses have all been fairly controversial. Against Paul Williams it was a robbery. Many felt as though he won the Canelo fight and last night was extremely close.

        • John Newman

          But his “draw” against Martirosyan was a gift among gifts. Lara has benefitted from questionable judging as much as it has favored him.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    The Good: As a boxing fan, any time you get a Fight-Of-The-Year finalist in a bout involving Lara you gotta feel like this might be the right day to buy a lottery ticket too.

    The Bad: Aside form the FOTY shortlist, it’s also on the shortlist of fights which expose the absurdity of the 30+ hour advance weigh-in and the complete mockery it makes of the whole concept of weight divisions.

    The Fight: In may ways a win for both guys. Although he beat an older version of Lara than Alvarez, he did it in more convincing fashion and if that alone does not one-up Canelo, the fact he did it in a much more positive and memorable fight will get Hurd over big time (simillar to his win over Trout versus that of Charlo).

    For Lara it is somewhat of a moral victory to last the distance and make a very close fight while basically fighting Hurd’s fight from the 3rd round on – although if he ends up with a broken Orbital Bone it will stall whatever career momentum he may have gained with the performance.

    • Stephen M

      They said that Hurd only weighed, unofficially, 162 and Lara was 161 I think. I was surprised, I thought Hurd would weigh 175…

      • Julio

        Dude, Hurd looked like a giant in there.

        • Stephen M

          No doubt about that. But they said he weighed 162.

          • mikescapes

            Yes they did. I don’t believe it. Hurd is a middleweight who makes the Junior limit, then puts it back on. Lara is not a big junior middleweight. Good little man against good big man. Big man wins. Lara took too big a risk taking this fight. Size matters, especially on this level. No rematch please. Lara has no chance. Great fighter – time to pack it in.

          • Kyle Klus

            He could not weigh over 164 under the IBF rules

          • Julio

            I know that, what I am saying is that weight and size are two totally different elements. Assuming that Hurd weighed in at 162, he still has the size of at least a SMW. That, along his relentless pressure made this an uphill battle for Lara.

          • Wade Wilson

            He has a big upper body and not so big legs. It’s easy to miss.

          • Julio

            I know what you mean dude, but this is boxing not MMA.

          • Wade Wilson

            Well, a properly trained boxer gets his legs into his punch. Many now are missing that part. If you ignore your legs you’re tossing so much of your game out the window.

          • Julio

            I can agree with all that, but punching power is not necessarily correlated to your legs. I can give you countless examples of fighters that KO dudes senseless because they were simply blessed with that ability. You either have power or not.

          • Wade Wilson

            It is true that some are born punchers and some aren’t but everyone can improve on it with proper technique and training even if he ends up unconventional. Look at the most oddball puncher of heavyweight champions in George Foreman. Muhammad Ali’s “mummy” impersonation was not only hysterical but pretty accurate. However, while George had those big, ponderous punches you can see him getting leverage with those tree trunk legs.

          • Julio

            I know that you can improve the effectiveness of your punching with technique, but if technique was that paramount, then guys like Whitaker, Camacho, Malignaggi and many others would have had more KO’s in their ledgers.

          • Wade Wilson

            Actually, Whitaker improved a great deal as he progressed and settled down but he never learned how to finish. He could hurt guys though.

          • Julio

            Again, did that help him to score more KO’s? Nope. Case closed.

          • Wade Wilson

            No, but his power improved. That’s what I’ve been talking about. Not everyone is a knockout fighter but power (which means points, slowing the other guy down, keeping him off of you and on and on) can be worked on and improved. The most effective fighter wins the round remember and solid punching will do that.

          • Jayo2.0

            Wilder. Hearns.

          • Wade Wilson

            Oh, Tommy is a perfect example of good form behind a punch and getting full use of his legs! I may not hold Manny Steward in as high regard as others do but one thing the man knew how to do was get the maximum out of a fighter’s punch by getting full leverage and all that was there out of each muscle involved.

          • Jayo2.0

            You made me watch some Hearns fights just to refresh my memory. LOL

          • Left Hook2

            That was his advantage. It was enough. Nobody is whining that Lara has more experience or quicker feet. They fight based on weight.

      • Kyle Klus

        Hurd could not weigh more than 164 the day of the fight since he’s the IBF champ

      • PresnyaRulit

        It looked like a SMW fighting a JMW

      • ceylon mooney

        wow. wow. ida bever thought he was that light.

    • Kyle Klus

      Hurd is the IBF champion and under the IBF rules he had to weigh in the same day of the fight and he was not allowed to weigh more than ten pounds above the jr middleweight limit. Which means he couldn’t weigh more than 164. They are the only sanctioning body that has that rule. That’s why when Daniel Jacob’s fought GGG he declined the IbF rules so he was not eligible to win their belt and looked like a damn light heavyweight when he fought GGG.

      • GGG hero

        they do that check in the morning around 9 so by the time he gets in the ring he could have put on another 10-15 lbs easy

    • Arjay Cee

      Who do you think can beat Hurd?

      He has an above average skill set, yet the real quality is the engine: good power married to elite stamina and chin. Being gigantic for the weight doesn’t hurt, either.

  • Charlie U.

    Jarrett Hurd is undefeated, involved in action fights and is a damn likeable guy. He should be very marketable. I don’t want to see a heel turn from him.

    • Jayo2.0

      He’s not very explosive, but throws a lot of punches, which is good. As far as him being likable, yeah I guess in a likable next door neighbor kind of way, definitely NOT likable in a wow, that guy is super cool and exciting kind of way. This guy is not marketable at all. He should be banned from the mic.

  • ciobanu catalin

    And people woke up saying that lara would beat ggg….

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Not a lot of people thought that, otherwise Loeffler would have smelled more money in a Golovkin-Lara fight.

      Nevertheless I don’t believe the GGG of 2018 can let his hands go as freely as Hurd did at times tonight so it still would have been an interesting fight.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    The fight was challenging to score, tough to separate just landed punches from momentum and general impressions, especially while recovering from the lingering headache of the Degale-Truax slog. On first impressions I have the following:

    Hurd: 3, 4, 5, 8, 9,11 & 12 (10-8)
    Lara: 1, 2, 6, 7, 10.

    The Lara 6th could have been even, but so could the Hurd 3rd & 11th.

    In any case I think the knockdown sealed the deal, but I wouldn’t be outraged by a scorecard that had Lara even or winning by a point without the knockdown. Lara definitely landed the prettier and cleaner head shots in many close rounds I gave to Hurd like the 3rd, 5th, 8th, & 11th based on his body shots and my impression overall damage done and in this case I think the events of round 12 vindicated those impression (similarlly to Jack-DeGale).

    Naturally much of Hurd’s ability to take those cleaner & prettier shots so well can be attributed to his size and youth advantage but that was the fight as it was signed and scoring isn’t meant to be adjusted for such things.

    • David T

      A pretty fair assessment.

  • learnmore

    Congrats to Hurd & Lara, good fight , good win. Remind all those people over the years who use to claim that Lara would beat GGG. As I & others use to always point them to the loss(draw) to Molina & Angulo dropping him. That its was no way Lara would beat GGG who is a better pressure fighter than Molina & Angulo and a better overall boxer.

    • John Newman

      I completely agree.

      If anything is clear after last night, it’s that Golovkin (as long as he isn’t well over the hill) would destroy both Lara and Hurd. Lara couldn’t stand up to his pressure or power, and Hurd would eat too many jabs (and Golovkin’s jab is ridiculous, among the best in boxing).

  • george lee

    I’m one of Lara’s biggest critics but after this fight i have to give him due props,he just took on a dude who to me at least looked 2 divisions bigger and the fight was close even with the knockdown.Lara has one hell of a chin!!

    • Ten Count Toronto

      I agree that Lara has a very good chin and big set of stones, however it’s also a case of Hurd not having one punch power, he is definitely more of a grinder than a puncher who beats opponents down with his size, fitness and smart relentlessness.

      It is hard to say if Lara CHOSE to trade more with Hurd than with Alvarez because he felt Hurd’s punches don’t have the same snap as Canelo’s, or if age made that decision for him.

      • left hook

        Canelo’s punches are more precise and Sharp while Hurd’ s are not. But i think Hurd hits hard enough.

        • Fist_ti_cuffs

          Canelo would never fight Hurd in a million years. I think that when he comes back from suspension he’ll g0 after Ali’s 154 belt at a catch weight.

          • Koninbeor

            The undisputed Caneloweight champion of the world!

      • Julio

        Hurd is not quite the big puncher one would assume considering his large size. I view him as a bigger version of Antonio Margarito. Relentless plodder who wears you down with his size, pressure and activity, not power.

      • mikescapes

        He’s a clubber. But so big and powerful those punches are effective. When he does turn them over he has have KO power. Hey, he knocked Lara down and, if true, broke a bone. His body punches were well delivered, so it’s a mixed bag.

      • Left Hook2

        Hurd applying so much pressure made the choice for him. Lara never pressed the action…just exchanged gamely.

        • Julio

          If Lara would have gone toe to toe with Hurd he would have been knocked out. Lara brought in a good game plan that I think surprised most. I also think that he realized that just trying to plainly outbox Hurd wouldn’t work at all, and elected to get in the kitchen when necessary to keep the big man from totally overpowering him.

      • GGG hero

        Hurd is like a more athletic margarito but that style with how he was getting hit so clean by Lara might not bode well for him against Charlo who is also a big 154lber and has Ko power in both hands.

    • PresnyaRulit

      It would be nice to match Hurd with GGG

      • george lee

        That be a fantastic match-up and the strange thing is that Hurd would be the bigger man even though he’s the one coming up,this makes a complete mockery of the weight divisions but i’m sure there are are going to be critics of GGG who will say he only fights smaller men.

        • ceylon mooney

          hurds frickin big man. man he looked to me like jacobs size. would luv to see that.

          • John Newman

            Jacobs – Hurd would be a much better matchup than Golovkin – Hurd, or at least a whole lot more competitive.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Actually Hurd is the much larger man. He’s taller, has a longer reach and has a significantly larger frame. That fight might actually happen one day, because Hurd won’t be able to make 154 forever.

        • PresnyaRulit

          On Cinco de Mayo it would be great to match GGG with Zurdo Ramirez – best MW vs best SMW, but this fight could only be made at a catchweight of 165 lb and I do not think Ramirez would agree to drain himself so much.

      • John Newman

        I think Golovkin’s jab would win that fight going away. Hurd’s jab was awful against Lara. Then again, he may have abandoned it because the Cuban is so effective operating at range in the middle of the ring. I just can’t see Hurd eating Golovkin (or Jermall Charlo’s, for that matter) left stick and lasting long enough to break his opponent down. But I’m often wrong. . .

  • learnmore

    Hope they dont force a rematch on Hurd & give him the Jermell Charlo fight next before he has to move up to 160lb. Charlo v Trout in June is the rumour, if Trout does the upset, then do the rematch vs Lara.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      I think a rematch of this fight might do similarly to Rungvisai-Gonzalez 2. I wouldn’t take that fight if I was on Lara’s team except if he was looking at it as his final fight .

    • WR

      At this stage of his career Trout ain’t beating Charlo

      • Ewan Leaper

        Charlo vs Hurd would be awesome, I suspect Charlo wins clearly even though I like Hurd a lot. The winner there becomes a genuine hot property, really good fight if it gets made.

        • Jayo2.0

          Hot property? Nah. Good fighter, but as exciting outside the ring as watching paint dry.

          • Ewan Leaper

            I don’t know much about that side of it to be honest, I’m meaning in hardcore circles- whichever one of those kids takes it will gain serious props. Hurd should come to the UK, Anthony Joshua’s disengenous and horribly smarmy nice guy act seems to be winning people over left, right and centre- if Hurd is a nice enough but boring lad we won’t hold it against him if he can fight like that.

            Boxing is a world where woman beating arseholes and convicted rapists can behave like petulant children and still make more money than everyone else so you may well be right.

          • Jayo2.0

            Yeah, he’d probably do great over there. Different audience I guess.

            I personally have more respect for an “arsehole” that doesn’t take shIt from anybody, be it woman or man, without slapping them back into their place.

          • Ewan Leaper

            Villains have their place in boxing, you expect a certain amount of WWE style nonsense outside of the ring too. As a kid I remember women with no interest in boxing tuning in to watch Chris Eubank get a pasting because he was such an insufferable knob, it more than worked for him and although he copped a few losses near the end nobody got to see him taking a bad one.

            Boxers should only be hitting other boxers though.

          • Jayo2.0

            LOL. To each his own I guess.

  • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

    Hurd is too big for this division anyway. Maybe he should move up and fight GGG.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      How about just going back to same day weigh ins and putting an end to this kind of nonsense. Otherwise they might as well do away with weight divisions altogether.

      • Ewan Leaper

        Far too much like common sense dude

      • Dee Money

        Unfortunately that will never happen. But mandatory rehydration clauses accomplish the same thing

        • mikescapes

          I agree. But “rehydration” is a phony word. You don’t put on 20 lbs. from drinking water. It’s food. The boxing establishment uses this word to sucker us in to believing after making weight a fighter is a little thirsty. In reality it’s 2 days of eating and drinking to get back up to their true weight. But, yes, there should be limit on weight gain no matter what they call it. Even then, the timing on the day of the fight is important. It should be after the last supper, not before.

          • DougWilsonFan

            The IBF title that was being contested has that. 10 lb max gain/rehydration. Last night that rule was in effect

          • Cousin Strawberry ( Cheech)

            Well said.

    • Mike M.

      Its not really a big deal as long as he makes weight. There should be a cap on how much you can rehydrate though.

      • Stephen M

        They were saying that at the unofficial weigh in he was 162. That’s not a big difference and Hurd had all of his stamina.

        • Mike M.

          8 pounds over isn’t a big deal at all, I’d of said something about the weight if he entered at 170 or something lol. I only suggested capping the amount they can put on because of other fights we’ve seen.

        • David T

          There’s absolutely no way in hell he was only 162…he’s 6ft1 and fairly well built.

          • Stephen M

            My eyes tell me to agree with you but that’s what they said…

    • left hook

      Yeah too big. He really needs to move up.

      • Left Hook2

        Why? He makes weight. Does Lara need to move down to negate his hand speed? No.

        • left hook

          Lara doesn’t need to move up but he said he will if Golovkin fights him.
          U are right, Hurd makes weight. Personally, I just like fighters to move up if they have been at that weight for many years and have multiple belts.

    • John Newman

      If Hurd doesn’t get better on the jab (and defending the jab), then he wouldn’t be able to touch Golovkin. Golovkin is one of the few fighters alive who can win a fight with nothing but his jab, because it’s so accurate and powerful. He’s also one of the only guys anywhere near Hurd’s size who has knocked opponents down with a jab (Jermall Charlo is another one that Hurd should avoid like the plague).

  • Ewan Leaper

    This kid is great, his good points and bad points are equally enjoyable. He’s no Mayweather in the skills department but if every boxer fought like Hurd the sport would be far more popular. The matchmaking has been ambitious since he won his title, good to see.

    He’s probably going to get badly outboxed at some point and I can’t see how he’s going to have a long career but I’m enjoying this lad. Not going to get silly over him, developing into a better version of Shaun Porter would do nicely.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Yes he does get hit alot and without one-punch power his style might not travel well when he eventually has to move up in weight. But he’s not as crude as some people make him out to be. For a guy with relatively little experience and patchy amateur background, he remains very cool and focused under fire, he doesn’t get frustrated or discouraged in the face of opponent resistance, he goes to the body more consistently than many veterans, and he doesn’t wear himself out overswinging with every punch (like Gallimore on the undercard). It may be onedimensional but his approach is very intelligently applied.

      • Ewan Leaper

        Most people can’t seem to tell the difference between an intelligent volume punching pressure fighter and an out and out slugger. Hurd definitely fits the former but it’s still not an easy way to make a living, especially when he’s facing good guys like Trout and Lara- a limited slugger isn’t going to be that effective against Lara, he’s through the roof skilled.

        I think he has a fairly clear ceiling, I don’t expect this kid to trouble the P4P rankings or at least if he does it won’t be for very long but who cares? I think his scope for improvement is somewhat tempered by the fact he’s going to ship a fair bit of punishment along the way, especially if he maintains the ambitious matchmaking. That really doesn’t worry me here, every now and again it’s good to just enjoy a guy for what he is.

        • Ewan Leaper

          Must add that there’s plenty scope for me to be wrong in that final paragraph and I hope I am. Fighting last night James DeGale is relevant because he’s been a tough guy who didn’t have too many tough outings in him before it started taking a toll. On the other hand you’ve had a guy like Carl Froch who’s probably more similar to Hurd and never really showed any detrimental effects of hard world title fights- Hurd could potentially fit anywhere on that spectrum and I think we are seeing a guy who’s improving.

          Not putting him in the same ballpark but Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao are guys who evolved exponentially as boxers after arriving on the world scene as nasty little headhunting bastards. Different scenario but I am also reminded of how age and diminishing reflexes revealed Muhammad Ali and Juan Manuel Marquez to be as tough and pig-headed as it comes. It’s not a given that Hurd will burn out, I’d forgive him a couple of gimmes at this point to work on the finer points of boxing but I’ll like him all the more if his next fight is Charlo.

      • Stephen M

        I thought that Hurd showed terrific skills. He cut off the ring well. He moves his head and keeps his eyes opened to throw some terrific counters. On the inside it was interesting to see how he placed his body and would get off multiple right hands. He wouldn’t let Lara hold him.

        • Ewan Leaper

          I like what he said pre-fight about forcing Lara to be exciting, he more than delivered. He’s not looked in total control in there but he’s succeeded in what he’s set out to do against probably the most skilled spoiler active in the sport, the last guy you’re going to look good against. Lara kops a lot of flak but in truth he’s been a couple of debatable decisions away from being a genuine P4P claimant.

          Hurd had quite the size advantage but Lara would still have found him out if he wasn’t a good fighter. It will be nice to see how he fares against less slippery competition.

          • Julio

            I am not sure that he actually “forced” Lara to be exciting. From the opening bell, I think Lara went in there with the strategy of refusing to play matador full force and looked to mix things up with the bigger fellow. He was quite successful in my view with that strategy, but this kid Hurd is just too big and strong.

          • Ewan Leaper

            Maybe, if that’s true it makes him even infuriating because it means he should have won all those decisions that went against him- he’s one of the most gifted fighters in recent years yet he’s paid the price for coasting at times. A bit more aggression and it wouldn’t have been so easy to let close rounds go against him. He sure as hell proved he had it in him last night.

  • Left Hook2

    Garbage scorecards but thank God the right man won. Please hold your praise for Lara being involved in a FOTY. His fighting was purely reactionary. Headline should read Hurd in FOTY contender, opponent happened to be lara, and the judges almost screwed the pooch. Lara had a few good rounds, but got the nod in many he didn’t deserve simply because he was doing well for a little guy. No rematch. Time to move beyond the age of lara.

    • Stephen M

      You are being pretty stingy here. Hurd put on a terrific performance and deserved the win but it can’t be a terrific fight with only one guy fighting. Lara has a lot of skill and a lot of heart. You may not like him, and that’s fine, but he deserves credit for his performance.

      • Left Hook2

        I’ll give him credit for fighting back and being competitive. Hurd wouldn’t allow him to hold or stink up the fight. Nobody should be fooled into thinking Lara wanted a fight like this.

        • JV316

          i don’t know, he came out moving forward from the opening bell and seemed like he stayed in the pocket for much of the fight if i remember correctly. i think he thought he could hurt hurd with a counterpunch bomb. he definitely didn’t take the same terrible approach he took in the canelo fight

          • Left Hook2

            He did not come forward, (often) and he was in the pocket because Hurd wouldn’t let him out. He also shrugged him off when he tried to hold

          • JV316

            if you know cuban fighters, aint nobody keeping them in any pocket they don’t want to be in, no matter what the viewers might think about it

          • Left Hook2

            Just proud he didn’t quit like rigo and barthelemy

          • JV316

            haha good point, very true, no doubt about that

          • ceylon mooney

            dam man whyd u say rigo? im holdin a grudge on that lil dude!

          • JV316

            also keep in mind there are a decent number of viewers who thought lara edged it, including one of the judges and steve farhood who i respect greatly. i don’t agree with that, but those people are out there, lara’s decisions were apparently effective to them

        • Stephen M

          I’m sure Lara didn’t want this type of fight but he deserves credit just for taking the fight. Hurd did a terrific job of not letting Lara hold. It does kind of show though that it takes two to get into a slow, ugly hug fest. We always complain about the guy holding but the but being held gets a pass. Hurd shows that you don’t have to get tied up.

    • philoe bedoe

      You got to give Lara more credit than that.
      He was up against a man who looked at least two weight divisions bigger, and hit him with the cleaner punches…………

      • Left Hook2

        A guy with 40 amateur fights used his advantage..and they both weighed the same..

        • Jayo2.0

          Hurd must have packed on 5 – 10 more pounds after the same day weigh-in.

          • Left Hook2

            One pound difference fight night

        • philoe bedoe

          Yes he did use his advantage, and theirs nothing wrong with that.
          But Lara didn’t run he fought and stood his ground, that deserves respect…………..

    • David T

      Were you drunk when you watched it? Hurd applied pressure but a lot of the time Lara was slipping/blocking his punches and landing with harder counters.

      • Left Hook2

        Lara did well but was getting sympathy rounds when close. Those blocked punches were still causing damage

        • Dee Money

          I don’t think it was as much of a blowout as you have it, but I agree with what you are writing here. Lots of times a punch can connect partial with a glove, but the other part still lands (and causes damage).

          I think that took place a lot last night, I had it 114-113 Hurd. I’d like to see Williams face Hurd next.

        • ceylon mooney

          only clean punches landed are scored.

          • Dee Money

            Not necessarily, if partial punches are having an effect then it technically is “effective aggression”.

            Not like that matters though, judges seem to score as much on what ever criteria the like.

          • ceylon mooney

            ah yea. good point. and it also scores in favor of
            defense.

      • ceylon mooney

        absolutely true, but that was really hard to see in real time.

    • Alan

      Ridiculous comment.

      • Left Hook2

        You are certainly entitled to your opinion.

  • Stephen M

    Hail Hurd! Can’t wait to see him fight again.

  • Julio

    Hurd… Antonio Margarito 2.0

    • ceylon mooney

      if u mean the margarito that fought pacquiao i can see that. not quite as much masochist.

      • Julio

        Stay on topic my friend, you know exactly what I meant.

        • ceylon mooney

          not sure if i do. what do you mean?

  • Cashtime

    WOW!! I would have lost alot of money on this one. After watching Trout slap Hurd often before he gassed out I just knew Lara would put on a boxing exhibition. Fight was no way as close as they had it although it was great and action packed from start to finish. Can’t wait to see what Hurd can do when he and Charlo meet.

  • Michael Montero

    Mike Coppinger stealing a living.

  • David T

    114-113 Lara for me. Much cleaner work throughout. Yes Hurd was the aggressor but a lot of it was just pressure whilst Lara landed the crisper shots.

  • Jack Rabbit

    Hurd looked bigger than Lara. Did that make a difference in the fight? Maybe. I saw alot of Hurds punches land on Laras arms. Lara threw and landed nice combos. Last 2 rds Hurd really went for it and Lara stood his ground and fought back. Despite the knock down I had Lara winning at best a draw. Great fight though.

  • Jack Rabbit

    Oh yeah. Someone PLEASE knockout one or both of the Charlos out already! I can’t stand those cats!

    • Jayo2.0

      I feel the exact opposite. Please let one of Charlos rehydrate to 170 like Hurd and get his lame ass outta here.

      • Left Hook2

        162

        • Jayo2.0

          I heard, but I find it hard to believe.

          • Canek

            IBF 10 lbs morning rule.

    • Alan

      Agreed, and Jermell seems to be all talk–ironic since he says “keep running yo’ mouth” all the time. A great boxer and athlete would beat the hell out of him, and embarrass him thoroughly (which is really what he has coming at this point). Frankly, both Lara and Hurd would be up to the task quite easily.

  • ceylon mooney

    that knockdown was great.

  • Nixtradamus

    Lara, like all other Cuban boxers who have migrated to the USA, has always relied on ultra-defensive, grab-and-hold strategies where they avoid a real fight and bore fans to death. They deserve the obscurity and low purses that define their miserable careers.

    Glad Hurd, not a great boxer himself, beat Lara.

  • Nixtradamus

    Hurd-Charlo would be mighty entertaining.

    • John Newman

      If Jermell jabs as well as Jermall (I haven’t seen quite the same power in the lighter brother’s left stick), then I can’t see Hurd winning. If Jermell’s jab doesn’t have that power behind it, then it would be a long, awesome fight.

      Jermall has knocked at least two cats down with his jab, relatively early in fights. I can’t recall Jermell’s jab having that kind of pop, although he also is somewhat slicker and faster with it.

  • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

    Great fight, I knew Hurd would push Lara and felt he would have a chance for the win. Hurd is a very flawed fighter, but man he is a beast. He’s too big and strong for basically everyone at that weight. He’s like a Tony Margarito, whatever he lacks in skill he makes up for it in grit, determination, power and an incredible chin. J Rock gets knocked out by Hurd, so does world kid, Brook has a chance and so does Charlo. If Hurd beats all of them which is very possible hes is definitely a p4p fighter

    • Dee Money

      I agree with your analysis of Hurd but disagree about him koing Jrock. Id love to see them fight though

    • left hook

      To be honest I think he should break into the P4P ranking by now…I think the smaller Charlo too.

  • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

    Although Hurd walked through most of Laras work he still took some punishment from a good puncher, I wonder if this may soften him up for a Charlo or Brook.

    • David T

      Brook vs Lara would be an interesting fight…

  • Teddy Reynoso

    It was the right decision and they got the right winner. It was really a hard fight to judge based on the number of momentum shifts particularly in the middle rounds where both fighters had their moments. Hurd simply finished stronger as Lara like in major fights he lost faded down the stretch. The knockdown truly clinched it for Hurd as after the 11th, I had Lara up in rounds 6-5 although round#5 ,was really a toss up and I have it to him. It could have indeed been 5-5-1 at that juncture. But Hurd had really swung the fight to.his favor beginning the 8th round when he angled well and doubled his punches on the inside and continuously pounded Lara on the outside with high volume punches some of which found their mark on the Cubans face and body. It was a different Lara that we saw and he showed he can also bang with a banger. But he was more successful when he countered and chose his spots, clearly jarring Hurd in those instances. I think Lara remains a major force to be reckoned with in the division, though. Still a formidable foe for any of the top guys including Charlo, one who is capable of pulling surprises if they don’t watch out

  • Alan

    Need to watch the fight again to score it, but what an amazing performance by Lara. He was true to his word that against an action fighter, he will fight an action fight. Hurd is also very good, and was busier by the numbers, but damn Lara looked good landing his punches.

    These guys faces were absolute pulp after this one, and even though a rematch would be great, it would likely inflict a lot more damage on both of them.

  • David T

    114-113 for Lara IMO. Much cleaner work.

  • Chris

    Forget “Swift.” Jarrett “Big Bird” Hurd.

  • Colnef

    When the best fight the best, boxing is great.

  • PrinceGian

    Would like to see a rematch of this fight and if it does happen Lara would have to look at a different strategy. In the one fight where he should have been moving like he normally does he opts to stand and trade against a much bigger and stronger fighter. Props to Hurd for taking it to him like he did. Great performance

  • Roberto Carlos Guerra

    “Without the knockdown, Lara would have won the decision.” What???
    I just saw this fight on Youtube. That shit was brutal. I’m a fan of Lara, and even though he had a few moments during the fight, he mostly looked like a rag doll getting mauled by a dog until the final bell. He was battered, bloodied and defeated even before the knockdown, trying to fend off a man who looked like a relentless machine that looked like he was two weight classes above him. I don’t think the Cuban will be the same after this.