Jarrett Hurd: “I’m the best at 154″

By: Hans Themistode It wasn’t that long ago where Jarrett Hurd was considered the best the super welterweight division had to offer. The Maryland native had grown accustomed to being introduced as the unified champion of the world. Now, however, that distinction is held by long-time rival Jermell Charlo. Although most of the boxing world now views the pugnacious Houstonian as the man to beat in the division, Hurd vehemently disagrees. “I’m the best at 154,” said Hurd during an interview with Brian Custer on the Last Stand Podcast. Hurd’s fall from the top of the super welterweight mountain began in 2019. After picking up the IBF title from Tony Harrison in February of 2017 and quickly snatching away the WBA belt from Erislandy Lara one year later, Hurd believed he was making nothing more than a routine title defense against Philadelphia’s Julian Williams. Yet, after tasting the canvas for the first time in his career, Hurd realized that he had a dog fight on his hands. Although he attempted to bully his man, Hurd was outmuscled and outworked as he was handed the first defeat of his career. Initially, the loss was a shock to his system. But, after taking time to sit down and reflect, Hurd is now finding motivation in another fighter who not only bounced back from his own defeat but ultimately went on to become arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter of his generation. “Some of the best fighters take losses but it’s not just a loss, it's a learning lesson. Look at Canelo Alvarez, he took a loss to one of the best in the world but he’s now the best in the world. At the end of the day, it's just a lesson for me.” Hurd will look to use those previously mentioned lessons in an attempt to keep his winning streak going as he takes on Luis Arias on June 6th. There is little to no doubt that Hurd is currently focused on the man that will be standing in front of him in the next few weeks, but the former unified champion can’t help but notice what’s going around him. Currently, Charlo is in the midst of training camp as he prepares to take on Brian Castano on July 17th. The winner of their showdown will become the first undisputed 154 pound champion since Winky Wright in 2004. At times, Hurd can't help but feel envious of Charlo and his newfound position. Nevertheless, no matter how much he dislikes him, Hurd does expect him to get the job done. While he won’t be sending any congratulatory text messages for his accomplishments, Hurd is simply hoping that once Charlo becomes undisputed, he’ll ultimately step up to the plate. “To me, he will become undisputed. Hopefully, he can step up, be a man and one day get in the ring with me.” The post Jarrett Hurd: “I’m the best at 154″ appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Jarrett Hurd: “I’m the best at 154″

By: Hans Themistode

It wasn’t that long ago where Jarrett Hurd was considered the best the super welterweight division had to offer. The Maryland native had grown accustomed to being introduced as the unified champion of the world.

Now, however, that distinction is held by long-time rival Jermell Charlo. Although most of the boxing world now views the pugnacious Houstonian as the man to beat in the division, Hurd vehemently disagrees.

“I’m the best at 154,” said Hurd during an interview with Brian Custer on the Last Stand Podcast.

Hurd’s fall from the top of the super welterweight mountain began in 2019. After picking up the IBF title from Tony Harrison in February of 2017 and quickly snatching away the WBA belt from Erislandy Lara one year later, Hurd believed he was making nothing more than a routine title defense against Philadelphia’s Julian Williams.

Yet, after tasting the canvas for the first time in his career, Hurd realized that he had a dog fight on his hands. Although he attempted to bully his man, Hurd was outmuscled and outworked as he was handed the first defeat of his career. Initially, the loss was a shock to his system. But, after taking time to sit down and reflect, Hurd is now finding motivation in another fighter who not only bounced back from his own defeat but ultimately went on to become arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter of his generation.

“Some of the best fighters take losses but it’s not just a loss, it's a learning lesson. Look at Canelo Alvarez, he took a loss to one of the best in the world but he’s now the best in the world. At the end of the day, it's just a lesson for me.”

Hurd will look to use those previously mentioned lessons in an attempt to keep his winning streak going as he takes on Luis Arias on June 6th.

There is little to no doubt that Hurd is currently focused on the man that will be standing in front of him in the next few weeks, but the former unified champion can’t help but notice what’s going around him. Currently, Charlo is in the midst of training camp as he prepares to take on Brian Castano on July 17th. The winner of their showdown will become the first undisputed 154 pound champion since Winky Wright in 2004.

At times, Hurd can't help but feel envious of Charlo and his newfound position. Nevertheless, no matter how much he dislikes him, Hurd does expect him to get the job done. While he won’t be sending any congratulatory text messages for his accomplishments, Hurd is simply hoping that once Charlo becomes undisputed, he’ll ultimately step up to the plate.

“To me, he will become undisputed. Hopefully, he can step up, be a man and one day get in the ring with me.”

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By: Sean Crose "It was a shock to the system," Eddie Hearn says to Matchroom Boxing in response to yesterday's stunning arbitration ruling that Tyson Fury will have to fight Deontay Wilder a third time in September. The ruling means the mega fight that's been agreed to between Fury and Anthony Joshua, Hearn's fighter, for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world, may well be smoldering in ruins. "This negotiation's been going on for three or four months now," says Hearn in the video interview, "and we were always assured that this wouldn't be a problem. It was a very strange decision from the arbitrator, to say the least." Hearn, who is always cool under pressure, says he spoke with Fury co-promoter Bob Arum last night. "I think he was in complete and utter shock," he says, "and I've never really heard him speechless...he was almost shell shocked, I think." Although he's still holding out hope that Fury-Joshua will be a reality in August, Hearn makes it clear he isn't going to be blinded by wishful thinking. "I hope it does," he says of the Fury-Joshua fight going through. "It's what both guys wanted...we still hope the fight can go ahead, but really that's completely out of our hands." Hearn also indicates that team Joshua will be ready to move on. "If his hands are tied," he says of Fury. "We have to look elsewhere." One option is former cruiserweight king Olexandr Usyk, who has moved up to heavyweight and has been waiting for a crack at a world title. "We can't wait around," says Hearn. "We had a deal in place with Tyson Fury, we provided an unbelievable opportunity to him. We were told by his team, Bob Arum, that the arbitration wouldn't be an issue, we could move forward with this fight. They were wrong and that's on them. That's their responsibility. That's now their problem." With that in mind, Arum has subsequently come out and indicated he's actually keen on the third fight with Wilder, if just to get the matter out of the way. This will no doubt come as bad, if not surprising, news to Hearn, who says in the video that "it's just another day. Another day of ups and downs. This is called the boxing business." The problem for fight fans, of course, is that there's now no way of knowing if or when a match for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world will come to fruition. The post Eddie Hearn On Fury-Wilder Arbitration Ruling: “It Was A Shock To The System.” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Eddie Hearn On Fury-Wilder Arbitration Ruling: “It Was A Shock To The System.”

By: Sean Crose

"It was a shock to the system," Eddie Hearn says to Matchroom Boxing in response to yesterday's stunning arbitration ruling that Tyson Fury will have to fight Deontay Wilder a third time in September. The ruling means the mega fight that's been agreed to between Fury and Anthony Joshua, Hearn's fighter, for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world, may well be smoldering in ruins.

"This negotiation's been going on for three or four months now," says Hearn in the video interview, "and we were always assured that this wouldn't be a problem. It was a very strange decision from the arbitrator, to say the least." Hearn, who is always cool under pressure, says he spoke with Fury co-promoter Bob Arum last night. "I think he was in complete and utter shock," he says, "and I've never really heard him speechless...he was almost shell shocked, I think."

Although he's still holding out hope that Fury-Joshua will be a reality in August, Hearn makes it clear he isn't going to be blinded by wishful thinking. "I hope it does," he says of the Fury-Joshua fight going through. "It's what both guys wanted...we still hope the fight can go ahead, but really that's completely out of our hands." Hearn also indicates that team Joshua will be ready to move on. "If his hands are tied," he says of Fury. "We have to look elsewhere."

One option is former cruiserweight king Olexandr Usyk, who has moved up to heavyweight and has been waiting for a crack at a world title. "We can't wait around," says Hearn. "We had a deal in place with Tyson Fury, we provided an unbelievable opportunity to him. We were told by his team, Bob Arum, that the arbitration wouldn't be an issue, we could move forward with this fight. They were wrong and that's on them. That's their responsibility. That's now their problem."

With that in mind, Arum has subsequently come out and indicated he's actually keen on the third fight with Wilder, if just to get the matter out of the way. This will no doubt come as bad, if not surprising, news to Hearn, who says in the video that "it's just another day. Another day of ups and downs. This is called the boxing business." The problem for fight fans, of course, is that there's now no way of knowing if or when a match for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world will come to fruition.

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