LAS VEGAS, NV – Jarrett Hurd of Accokeek added two more championship belts to his collection after a hard-fought, razor-thin split decision over Erislandy Lara at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 7.
The fight appeared on Showtime Championship Boxing. Hurd added the International Boxing Organization and the World Boxing Association Super Welterweight belts to his own International Boxing Federation belt. The fight was a sell out with 2,579 fans in attendance.
Hurd was the bigger man in this matchup. He towered over Lara and kept the pressure up for 12 rounds. Usually an admitted slow starter, Hurd put pressure on his opponent from the opening bell.
“It was a tough one, but I went out there and did what I said I was going to do and that was to fight all 12 rounds and get the victory,” Hurd said.
Several ringside observers thought Hurd had won most of the rounds going into the final round that saw Hurd put Lara on the canvas with a short left hook. Lara stayed down until the last minute and slowly got to his feet.
Hurd (22-0) thought he was in control all the way.
“I didn’t feel like I needed the knockdown," Hurd said. "I felt I was in control the whole fight, applying pressure each round.”
All three judges scored the fight 114-113. Two judges scored in favor of Hurd and one for Lara.
Hurd was inches away from Lara (25-3-2) in every round. In the 10th, 11th and 12th rounds, Lara’s face began to swell. His right eye closed rapidly.
“I could not see out of my right eye in the last round,” Lara said. “I still thought I won the fight despite the knockdown in the final round."
Lara had his moments during the fight. He was throwing and landing crisp combinations and effective uppercuts during the contest. None of the punches seemed to faze Hurd.
Hurd weighed in officially at 153 pounds but came into the ring on fight night at over 170 pounds, and that was clear when the two fighters stood toe-to-toe.
Hurd joins Gary Russell, Jr. as current world champions from the DMV. Both fighters live within 20 miles of each other in Prince George’s County. Russell should be back in the ring in the coming months.