Heading into his fight against Jarrett Hurd, Erislandy Lara had a record of 25-2-2. Despite having lost a majority decision to Paul Williams and a split decision to Canelo Alvarez, many believed his toughest fight was one of his victories, a TKO win against Alfredo Angulo in 2013. Against Angulo, Lara was dropped twice and constantly pressured before snatching victory from the jaws of defeat when he stopped Alfredo in the 10th round. It was Alfredo Angulo’s performance against Lara which Jarrett Hurd sought to emulate in his match with the highly skilled Cuban fighter. Yet as only a 6 year pro and a new champion (Hurd was making his 2nd defense of the IBF Light Middleweight Title) it was not known whether Hurd had the experience and ability to match Angulo’s performance against a fighter many believed to be the most skilled in the Light Middleweight division. Ultimately Jarrett Hurd demonstrated the skill and experience to not only match Angulo’s performance, but to exceed it, in winning a split decision against Erislandy Lara.
It was a skilled and entertaining match which was fought mainly on the inside. Jarrett Hurd demonstrated a committed body attack and combination punching against Lara who sought to counter punch and catch Hurd coming in. Hurd punctuated his victory with a knock down of Lara in the 12 round, which he needed to secure the victory. In the end the scores reflected the competitiveness of the fight, Hurd won 114-113 on two cards, with the third judge giving the fight to Lara by 114-113. With the victory Hurd defended his IBF Light Middleweight title for the 2nd time and takes home Lara’s WBA and IBO Light Middleweight titles. Jarrett Hurd sets himself up for a potential match up with the Light Middleweight division’s other rising star, WBC Light Middleweight Champion, Jermell Charlo who was in attendance for the fight. Hurd vs. Charlo should be one of the more entertaining fights (featuring two undefeated champions) seen in the Light Middleweight division in years.