The main event of the loaded tripleheader at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is a tense fight between Erislandy Lara and Jarrett Hurd. The news conference we at 777iGame saw was full of challenges towards each other, which heats things up before the fight. Let us give you a quick rundown
The main event of the loaded tripleheader at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is a tense fight between Erislandy Lara and Jarrett Hurd. The news conference we at 777iGame saw was full of challenges towards each other, which heats things up before the fight.
Let us give you a quick rundown of the two junior middleweight title holders.
Erislandy Lara is one experienced boxer. He is not as loved by the crowd compared to other boxers, but his left-handed hits and his fighting skill and strategy is worth watching. Even as an amateur, he was one of the best boxers in the world when he was representing the Cuban National Team.
Jarrett Hurd, meanwhile, is a much newer boxer. Lara was already the longest running titleholder and was at the top of the rankings when Hurd started turning pro. Hurd, a 27-year-old from Accokeek Maryland started gaining fame in 2016 and grew even more popular when the won from a ninth-round knockout against Tony Harrison. He was also the first boxer to stop Austin Trout in his fourth loss.
Not a lot of boxers were willing to square off against Lara in the ring, but Hurd pulled all stops, social media posts included, to get the chance to beat Lara to unify their titles for the 154 category.
“We’ve studied him a lot. I didn’t get into this sport to be the No. 3 junior middleweight. I got into it to be No. 1. Lara is the top guy, but after Saturday night, it’s going to be me.” Hurd said at the pre-fight news conference.
Lara replied, through a translator: “I have to give Hurd credit for taking the fight. It’s been hard to get fighters in the ring with me.”
The banter did not stop there. “Nobody wanted to fight this guy. I stepped up to the table because I know what I can do,” Hurd said, seated close to Lara. “He’s living the American dream, but my dream has just begun. Saturday night I’m going to show you why nobody can survive 12 rounds with Jarrett Hurd. There’s a storm coming.”
Lara answered back: “You’ve never been in a big fight. We’ll find out what you have Saturday night. Right now, you’re all talk.”
Lara, who has been titleholder since 2014, has more experience, is faster and has the skill advantage over Hurd. “All of my opponents are taller than me. His size means nothing to me,” Lara remarked. “I have the experience, and I’m the best boxer in the division. He’s never seen anything like me. He has to beat me to get the top spot in this division. I’m here to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
An interesting match, indeed. Keep visiting us here at 777iGame for more of the hottest and freshest updates on boxing, and your favorite local and international sports.