By Manuel Perez: IBF World junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd gave former 154lb champion Austin Trout his second consecutive loss in stopping him in the 10h round last Saturday night on Showtime Boxing at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York.
The fight was stopped by the ringside doctor at the end of round 10. He felt that Trout had taken too much punishment. Trout was hurt in the last seconds of the 10th, and he barely made it out of the round. His legs were totally gone after he took hard right to the head. Trout was dejected after the fight was halted, but he didn’t argue the stoppage.
Hurd, 27, looked far from great in beating Trout, but he didn’t need to. Hurd walked the 32-year-old Trout down all night, taking his shots and forcing him to use up energy quickly. Hurd did very until the 8th, which at that point in the fight Trout was completely exhausted from having thrown so many shots. Hurd took all almost every punch that Trout threw. He wasn’t missing with his shots due to Hurd’s terrible defense.
Hurd was cut over his left eye in the 6th. It was a bad cut that was really wide and deep. The cut bled for the remainder of the fight.
“It’s most definitely tougher to defend the title than win it,” Hurd said. “I’m always the one that comes on stronger at the end of the fight. We knew we were going to wear Austin Trout down in the later rounds and eventually stop him. My cut made me a little better with my head movement. Team Swift, we don’t run from anyone. I’m ready to unify. 2018 is the year for unifications. It doesn’t matter who it is. I’m ready to fight anyone.”
Hurd will now face either WBC champion Jermell Charlo or WBA champion Erislandy Lara in a unification fight. Hurd can’t keep counting on winning fights by absorbing terrible punishment to wear his opponents down. It’s worked for Hurd in his last 2 fights against Trout and Tony Harrison, but I don’t think it’ll be successful against Lara or Charlo.