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Jarrett Hurd (born August 31, 1990) is an American professional boxer. He is a former unified light middleweight world champion, having held the WBA (Super), IBF and IBO titles between 2017 and 2019. As of December 2018, Hurd is ranked as the world's best active light middleweight by The Ring magazine, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and BoxRec. On May 11, 2019, he lost the titles to Julian Williams in a unanimous decision.

Jarrett Hurd
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Hurd at FedExField in 2018
Weight(s)Light middleweight
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[1]
Reach78 in (198 cm)[1]
Born (1990-08-31) August 31, 1990 (age 28)
Accokeek, Maryland, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights24
Wins by KO16


Amateur careerEdit

Hurd was raised in the suburbs of Accokeek, Maryland and graduated from Gwynn Park High School. He wasn't a stand-out amateur, only compiling a 32-8 record in 40 amateur fights.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Despite Hurd's lack of accolades as an amateur, Ross Molovinsky, head of Washington metropolitan area promotional outfit Keystone Boxing, tapped him as a potential prospect.[3] Hurd made his pro debut on September 2012. After winning his first 16 fights, Hurd made his TV debut on ShoBox: The New Generation against fellow unbeaten prospect Frank Galarza. Hurd started off slow, however after round 2, outclassed Galarza, who was unable to cope with Hurd's jab and movement. After six lopsided rounds, the referee stopped the fight, giving Hurd a TKO win. Showtime analyst Steve Farhood praised Hurd's performance.[4][5]

On May 19, 2016 it was announced that Hurd would appear on the Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter undercard at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York on June 25 against former Olympian Óscar Molina in a 10 round bout. The fight was initially on the non-televised undercard, until three days before the fight, it was bumped up to open the broadcast on CBS. The reason Hurd's fight was bumped up was due to the Jesús Cuellar vs. Abner Mares was cancelled after Mares suffered an eye injury.[6][7][8] Hurd defeated Molina with a round 10 TKO. Hurd dropped Molina in the first round with an uppercut. The last round stoppage was considered premature by some media members. Before round 10, the three judges' had their scorecards reading 87-83, 88-82, 90-80 in favor of Hurd.[9][10]

Hurd was scheduled to fight Jorge Cota on November 2016, but Cota dropped out after undergoing an emergency appendectomy and was replaced by Jo Jo Dan (35-3, 18 KOs). The bout took place on November 12 at Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.[11][12] Hurd won the fight with a round 6 TKO, overwhelming Dan with crisp combinations.[13] After the fight, Dan said "The weight was a big difference, I took the fight on short notice, but I'm a natural 147-pounder and I don't struggle to make that."[14]

IBF light middleweight championEdit

Hurd vs HarrisonEdit

On January 24, 2017 it was announced that Hurd would next fight on Deontay Wilder's undercard on February 25 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama against Tony Harrison (24-1, 20 KOs) on PBC on FOX.[15] The fight was originally supposed to be an IBF title eliminator for the right to fight Jermall Charlo, but when Charlo vacated the title, the fight was elevated to be for the vacant title.[16][17] Hurd defeated Harrison to win the vacant IBF light middleweight title.[18] Hurd struggled at the start of the fight, being outboxed in the early rounds. As the fight went on, Harrison seemed to struggle coping with Hurd's power. Harrison was knocked down by a right hook, he got up but was unable to continue. After the fight, Hurd said "We wanted to take our time with him because Harrison can box and move, but every time he fights, he wears down toward the end." Both boxers earned a $125,000 purse.[19][20]

Hurd vs TroutEdit

On May 31, 2017, The Ring TV announced a deal was in place for Hurd to face former world champion Austin Trout for his first defense. The fight was scheduled for July 29 on the undercard of Mikey Garcia vs. Adrien Broner in New York.[21] On July 20, Boxing Scene reported the fight was being lined up to take place on September 30, 2017 as part of a light middleweight double header alongside Jermell Charlo's WBC title defence against Erickson Lubin. Because Hurd was granted an exception from the IBF to make a voluntary defence the winner must fight mandatory challenger Cedric Vitu next.[22] On August 24, it was announced that the fight would take place as part of a junior middleweight triple-header at the Barclays Center on 14 October 2017.[23] On fight night, Trout started the fight well, winning the early rounds by jabbing and moving. However, during the third round, Hurd seemed to hurt Trout with some power shots. In the middle rounds, Hurd was able to stifle Trout's movement, making the fight more of a brawl, with both fighters trading power shots. Hurd seemed unfazed by Trout's punches, even though he seemed to tire during round 7. On the other hand, Trout was visibly backed up several times by Hurd's shots. Hurd was cut from a head clash during round 7, while Trout's right eye started swelling. Hurd backed up Trout once again towards the end of round 10. Trout's cornermen retired following round 10 to protect their fighter, to the chagrin of the former world champion.[24] The announced attendance was 7,643. For the fight, Hurd earned $330,000, while Trout, who was stopped inside the distance for the first time since turning professional, was paid $225,000. In the action packed fight, Hurd landed 265 of 753 punches (35%) and Trout landed 208 of his 673 thrown (31%).[25][26]

Unified light middleweight championEdit

Hurd vs LaraEdit

On January 9, 2018 it was confirmed that a deal was being put in place for a unification fight between Hurd and WBA (Super) and IBO champion Erislandy Lara (25-2-2, 14 KOs) for April 2018 with Showtime televising the bout.[27] On January 25, the fight was confirmed to take place on April 7.[28][29] It was reported Lara would receive a large purse of $1 million and Hurd would receive a $500,000 purse. Lara weighed 153.5 pounds and Hurd came in slightly lighter at 153 pounds.[30] Hurd won a 12 round split decision over Lara in what was a potential fight of a year candidate to become a unified light middleweight champion. With the fight in the balance, Hurd knocked Lara down with a short left hook in round 12 with a minute remaining. Lara was hurt from the knockdown, but was able to get up and still throw some nice shots. Hurd dominated the final round. Two judges scored the fight 114-113 for Hurd and the third judge had the same score for Lara, meaning the knockdown was the deciding factor in the fight. A lot of rounds where close with Lara using effective counter punching and combinations, whereas Hurd used his size to stalk Lara and land power shots.[31] Lara's right eye began to swell from round 7 and was eventually cut at the start of round 12. Lara started the fight the better boxer of the two, due to Hurd not putting as much pressure on Lara until the later rounds.[32] With the win, Hurd became seventh unified world title holder in light middleweight history, joining Hall of Famers Terry Norris, Félix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya and Winky Wright, as well as Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Álvarez.

Despite the knockdown, Lara thought he had a good enough lead to win the fight. Had Lara not been knocked down, the fight would have finished a majority draw with both boxers keeping their respective belts. In regards to the decision, Lara said, "Besides the last round, I thought I was winning this fight easily. That's not to decide the fight. One punch in a fight doesn't determine the fight. One hundred percent I want the rematch. The problem was the cut on the eye. I couldn't see in the last round." After the fight, Hurd said, "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. I didn't feel like that [12th-round knockdown for the win]. I feel like I was in control the whole fight, applying the pressure." According to CompuBox statistics, Hurd landed 217 of 824 punches thrown (26%) and Lara landed 176 of his 572 thrown (31%). Hurd outlanded Lara 106-71 in the final four rounds, with 96 being power shots compared to Lara's 58 power punches.[33][34] The fight, televised on Showtime, averaged 490,000 viewers and peaked at 521,000 viewers.[35]

Although the WBA ordered a direct rematch between Lara and Hurd, the latter rejected the idea stating he wanted to move on to bigger fights to become undisputed light middleweight champion.[36]

Hurd vs. WelbornEdit

In June 2018, Hurd underwent surgery on his shoulder, which he revealed was injured prior to his unification bout against Lara in April. In August, Hurd's trainer Ernesto Rodriguez stated the shoulder was healing well and he would look to return to the ring in November 2018.[37] In October, it was announced that Hurd would return on the undercard of Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.[38] His opponent was later confirmed to be British boxer Jason Welborn (24-6, 7 KOs), who would be dropping back down to light middleweight for the first time since 2016.[39][40] Hurd weighed 152 ½ pounds and his opponent Welborn came in at 152 ½ pounds.[41] For the fight, Hurd earned his first ever $1 million purse and Welborn would take home a $30,000 purse.[42]

Hurd rehydrating overnight to 172 pounds. Hurd knocked Welborn out in round 4 to retain his light middleweight titles. Welborn started to attack Hurd from the opening bell, pinning him against the ropes many times. Hurd looked hurt a couple of times during the short fight. Hurd, who was usually a slow starter, became more active in round 3. In the beginning of round 4, Welborn came out again landed shot whislt Hurd again against the ropes was taking head shots. Hurd managed to move away from the ropes and started trading back eventually landing a hard body shot which dropped Welborn. Welborn stayed down too long, and barely beat the count. However, the referee Lou Moret halted the fight due to Welborn taking too long getting up. The official time of stoppage was 1 minute and 56 seconds of round 4.[43] During Hurd's post-fight interview with Showtime reporter Jim Gray, WBC champion Jermell Charlo entered the ring claiming a fight with Hurd would be 'easy money' and he was ready to fight him next.[44] Speaking off his recent shoulder surgery and how the fight went, Hurd said, "I'm just coming of surgery so I wanted to see how I worked off the jab. I felt good I was working behind the jab.I got caught with some shots and said, 'That's enough. He got enough TV time.' I heard the crowd and I didn't want to get brave, so I turned it up and got the knockdown." Hurd stated he would call the shots in the negotiations against Charlo.[45][46]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
24 fights 23 wins 1 loss
By knockout 16 0
By decision 7 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
24 Loss 23–1   Julian Williams UD 12 May 11, 2019   EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Virginia, U.S. Lost WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO light middleweight titles
23 Win 23–0   Jason Welborn KO 4 (12), 1:55 Dec 1, 2018   Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Retained WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO light middleweight titles
22 Win 22–0   Erislandy Lara SD 12 Apr 7, 2018   The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained IBF light middleweight title;
Won WBA (Super) and IBO light middleweight titles
21 Win 21–0   Austin Trout RTD 10 (12), 3:00 Oct 14, 2017   Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained IBF light middleweight title
20 Win 20–0   Tony Harrison TKO 9 (12), 2:24 Feb 25, 2017   Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. Won vacant IBF light middleweight title
19 Win 19–0   Jo Jo Dan TKO 6 (10), 1:08 Nov 12, 2016   Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
18 Win 18–0   Óscar Molina TKO 10 (10), 2:02 Jun 25, 2016   Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
17 Win 17–0   Frank Galarza TKO 6 (10), 0:59 Nov 14, 2015   The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
16 Win 16–0   Jeff Lentz TKO 7 (8), 2:59 Aug 14, 2015   Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
15 Win 15–0   Eric Mitchell TKO 3 (8), 2:07 Apr 18, 2015   Valley Forge Casino Resort, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, U.S.
14 Win 14–0   Emmanuel Sanchez MD 6 Dec 5, 2014   Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.
13 Win 13–0   Terry Cade KO 1 (6), 2:39 Nov 1, 2014   DAR Constitution Hall, Washington D.C., U.S.
12 Win 12–0   Joshua Robertson TKO 1 (6), 1:51 Jun 13, 2014   Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, Maryland, U.S.
11 Win 11–0   Chris Chatman SD 6 Jan 17, 2014   Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, Maryland, U.S.
10 Win 10–0   George Armenta KO 2 (6), 0:11 Dec 6, 2013   Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, Maryland, U.S.
9 Win 9–0   Frank Gedeon UD 6 Oct 18, 2013   Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, Maryland, U.S.
8 Win 8–0   Issa Coulibaly KO 3 (4), 1:59 Aug 10, 2013   Convention Center, Washington D.C., U.S.
7 Win 7–0   Joshua Burns TKO 2 (6), 2:39 Jul 13, 2013   Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, Maryland, U.S.
6 Win 6–0   Greg Hackett UD 6 Apr 20, 2013   The Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, U.S.
5 Win 5–0   Thomas Baldwin UD 4 Mar 2, 2013   Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, Maryland, U.S.
4 Win 4–0   Trenton Titsworth UD 4 Jan 13, 2013   Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, Maryland, U.S.
3 Win 3–0   Anthony Jones KO 1 (4), 1:09 Dec 8, 2012   Convention Center, Washington D.C., U.S.
2 Win 2–0   Coy Lanbert KO 4 (4), 2:08 Nov 3, 2012   Convention Center, Washington D.C., U.S.
1 Win 1–0   Mike Arnold TKO 1 (4), 1:30 Sep 29, 2012   Convention Center, Washington D.C., U.S.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Showtime Championship Boxing tale of the tape prior to the Erislandy Lara fight.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Squad Goals: The Story of Jarrett Hurd's Swift Ascension". Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Hurd Stops Galarza, Derevyanchenko Blasts Nicklow". Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  6. ^ "Thurman-Porter Undercard is Coming Together". Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  7. ^ "Thurman vs. Porter: Hurd-Molina Replaces Cuellar-Mares on TV". Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  8. ^ "Oscar Molina, Jarrett Hurd Aim to Make Most of Surprise CBS Slot". Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  9. ^ "Hurd wins prospect battle against Molina". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  10. ^ "Jarrett Hurd Drops, Stops Oscar Molina in The Tenth Round". Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  11. ^ "Fortuna-Douglas, Hurd-Cota on Danny-Garcia-Samuel Vargas Bill". Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  12. ^ "Jarrett Hurd vs. Jo Jo Dan Set, Jorge Cota is Now Out". Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  13. ^ "Jarrett Hurd Dominates and Stops Jo Jo Dan in Round 6". Round By Round Boxing. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  14. ^ "Jo Jo Dan: Fighting At 154 Was Too Much Against Jarrett Hurd". Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  15. ^ "Tony Harrison vs. Jarrett Hurd on Wilder-Wawrzyk Undercard". Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  16. ^ "Tony Harrison, Jarrett Hurd hope to make their dreams come true". 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  17. ^ "Harrison vs. Hurd Now For IBF World Title, Jermall Charlo Vacates". Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  18. ^ "Jarrett Hurd Rallies To Stop Tony Harrison, Win IBF Title - Boxing News". Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  19. ^ "Hurd overpowers Harrison to win 154-pound title". Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  20. ^ "Highlights: Hurd stops Harrison, wins IBF belt". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
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  22. ^ "Charlo-Lubin, Hurd-Trout Show in Works for September 30th - Boxing News". Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  23. ^ "Jermell Charlo-Erickson Lubin tops 154-pound title tripleheader on Oct. 14 - The Ring". The Ring. 2017-08-24. Retrieved 2017-08-26.
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  30. ^ "Purses: Lara $1 million, Hurd $500K » Boxing News". Boxing News 24. 2018-04-06. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  31. ^ "Jarrett Hurd vs. Erislandy Lara - Official Scorecards - Photo". Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  32. ^ "Jarrett Hurd Drops, Decisions Erislandy Lara To Unify Titles". Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  33. ^ "Hurd's split decision win over Lara unifies titles". Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  34. ^ "Final-round drama lifts Jarrett Hurd past Erislandy Lara in match of the year candidate". Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  35. ^ "Hurd-Lara Drew Higher Ratings for Showtime Than Joshua-Parker". Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  36. ^ "Jarrett Hurd vs. Erislandy Lara Rematch Ordered". Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  37. ^ "Jarrett Hurd is Healing Well, November Return is Expected". Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  38. ^ "Chavez Jr., Hurd & Joyce possible for Wilder-Fury card". Boxing News 24. 2018-10-04. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  39. ^ "Hurd, Joyce get opponents for Wilder-Fury PPV". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  40. ^ "Jason Welborn Says He Will Fight Jarrett Hurd On Wilder-Fury Card". Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  41. ^ "Photos: Jarrett Hurd, Jason Welborn - Ready For Title Battle". Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  42. ^ "Per the California State Athletic Commission, purses for Saturday's Wilder-Fury card: Deontay Wilder $4 million, Tyson Fury $3 million (both stand to earn millions more from their percentage of the profits from the event); Jarrett Hurd $1 million, Jason Welborn $30,000; Luis Ortiz $375,000, Travis Kauffman $125,000; Joe Joyce $40,000, Joe Hanks $50,000; Carlos Licona $30,000, Mark Anthony Barriga $25,000; Julian Williams $30,000, Francisco Javier Castro $2,500; Jessie Rodriguez $7,000, Josue Morales $6,000; Chris Arreola $25,000, Maurenzo Smith $16,000; Robert Guerrero $25,000, Adam Mate $2,500; Isaac Lowe $5,000, Lucas Rafael Baez $2,500. Anthony Yarde and Alfredo Angulo are off the show because opponents could not be secured". 2018-12-01. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  43. ^ "Jarrett Hurd Knocks Out a Game Jason Welborn in Fourth". Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  44. ^ "Charlo on Facing Hurd: This is Easy Money, I'm Ready Now". Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  45. ^ "Hurd stops Welborn, eyes showdown with Charlo". 2018-12-02. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  46. ^ "Wilder vs. Fury results: Jarrett Hurd rallies past Jason Wellborn for TKO, Jermell Charlo calls for bout". Retrieved 2018-12-24.

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Sporting positions
Minor world boxing titles
Preceded by
Erislandy Lara
IBO light middleweight champion
April 7, 2018 – May 11, 2019
Succeeded by
Julian Williams
Major world boxing titles
Title last held by
Jermall Charlo
IBF light middleweight champion
February 25, 2017 – May 11, 2019
Succeeded by
Julian Williams
Preceded by
Erislandy Lara
WBA light middleweight champion
Super title

April 7, 2018 – May 11, 2019
Jermell Charlo
PBC Fighter of the Year
Anthony Joshua
vs. Wladimir Klitschko
BWAA Fight of the Year
vs. Erislandy Lara

ESPN Fight of the Year
vs. Erislandy Lara