Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (25-2-2, 14KO’s) is set to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super World Super Welterweight Title tomorrow, April 7th, against “Swift” Jarrett Hurd (21-0, 15KO’s). The fight will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be aired live on the Showtime premium cable network.
The two men took to the scale today, with Lara weighing in at 153.5 pounds and Hurd weighing in at 153.0 pounds.
Neither man had a lot of words to say at this point, with Hurd saying that despite the criticism of him rushing to make this fight he is ready for the top level in the sport. He reiterated that he is going to be going forward and putting the pressure on Lara all night long, saying “He cannot run for twelve rounds he is going to have to engage at some point.”
The champion Lara, on the other hand, said that Hurd is not even in the top ten for talented fighters he has faced. In closing, Lara stated “I fight for my family and my kids and that belt is coming home with my kids.”
Lara is coming off of a dominating performance over Terrell Gausha this last October where he handed the American his first loss as a professional. Lara outboxed the challenger over the course of twelve rounds and knocked him down once in the fourth to win the unanimous decision victory.
Hurd is coming off of seven stoppage victories in a row including his most impressive performance yet this last October when he stopped Austin Trout in the tenth round of a closely contested match. The fight took place on the same card as Lara vs Gausha and was very action packed, with Hurd getting outboxed early on only to come back and wear down Trout with his heavy hands and pressure fighting style.
This will be Laras third title fight as the WBA Super Champion and figures to be an excellent matchup between the champion as “the boxer” and the challenger Hurd as “the puncher”.