By: Hans Themistode
It wasn’t that way back the place Jarrett Hurd was thought of the perfect the tremendous welterweight division needed to supply. The Maryland native had grown accustomed to being launched because the unified champion of the world.
Now, nonetheless, that distinction is held by long-time rival Jermell Charlo. Though many of the boxing world now views the pugnacious Houstonian as the person to beat within the division, Hurd vehemently disagrees.
“I’m the perfect at 154,” mentioned Hurd throughout an interview with Brian Custer on the Final Stand Podcast.
Hurd’s fall from the highest of the tremendous welterweight mountain started in 2019. After choosing up the IBF title from Tony Harrison in February of 2017 and shortly snatching away the WBA belt from Erislandy Lara one 12 months later, Hurd believed he was making nothing greater than a routine title protection in opposition to Philadelphia’s Julian Williams.
But, after tasting the canvas for the primary time in his profession, Hurd realized that he had a canine battle on his palms. Though he tried to bully his man, Hurd was outmuscled and outworked as he was handed the primary defeat of his profession. Initially, the loss was a shock to his system. However, after taking time to take a seat down and mirror, Hurd is now discovering motivation in one other fighter who not solely bounced again from his personal defeat however finally went on to grow to be arguably the perfect pound-for-pound fighter of his era.
“A few of the finest fighters take losses but it surely’s not only a loss, it’s a studying lesson. Have a look at Canelo Alvarez, he took a loss to probably the greatest on this planet however he’s now the perfect on this planet. On the finish of the day, it’s only a lesson for me.”
Hurd will look to make use of these beforehand talked about classes in an try to hold his profitable streak going as he takes on Luis Arias on June sixth.
There may be little to little question that Hurd is at present centered on the person that will likely be standing in entrance of him within the subsequent few weeks, however the former unified champion can’t assist however discover what’s going round him. Presently, Charlo is within the midst of coaching camp as he prepares to tackle Brian Castano on July seventeenth. The winner of their showdown will grow to be the primary undisputed 154 pound champion since Winky Wright in 2004.
At occasions, Hurd can’t assist however really feel envious of Charlo and his newfound place. However, regardless of how a lot he dislikes him, Hurd does anticipate him to get the job executed. Whereas he received’t be sending any congratulatory textual content messages for his accomplishments, Hurd is just hoping that after Charlo turns into undisputed, he’ll finally step as much as the plate.
“To me, he’ll grow to be undisputed. Hopefully, he can step up, be a person and sooner or later get within the ring with me.”