Unbeaten junior middleweight contender Jarrett Hurd (19-0, 13 KOs) had too much fire power for former IBF welterweight 147lb title challenger Jo Jo Dan (35-4, 18 KOs) in beating him by a 6th round knockout last Saturday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. The Hurd-Dan fight took place on the undercard of the Danny Garcia vs. Samuel Vargas fight.
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The 6’1” Hurd, a natural junior middleweight, had too much size and power for the 35-year-old Jo Jo Dan, who was making only his second fight in the 154lb division after moving up in weight last year in September. Dan got worked over throughout the fight. It seemed like the writing was on the wall when Dan was knocked down from a low blow in round five.
Dan looked like he didn’t want to continue. He did eventually continue to fight, but he looked reluctant. It wasn’t surprising when referee Benji Esteves Jr. halted the fight in the 6th round at 1:06 of the round. It was Dan’s corner that wanted the fight stopped. He’d taken way too much punishment in the fight for him to go on.
Dan is going to need to make a decision about his boxing career. The results of the fight showed that Dan doesn’t have the size or the power to compete against the bigger and stronger 154lb contenders in the division. It’s not good news that Dan was chopped down so easily by Hurd, because there are better fighters than him in the 154lb division. If Dan can’t hang with Hurd, then he sure isn’t going to be able to handle being in with the likes of the Charlo brothers, Demetrius Andrade, or Saul Canelo Alvarez.
Hurd needs to step it up against better fighters, because he’s wasting his time fighting guys like Jo Jo Dan. He should be fighting better opposition at this point instead of wasting time against welterweights.