Jarrett Hurd and Luis Arias Inching Towards Showdown On Mayweather vs Paul Undercard | BoxingInsider.com


Posted on 04/27/2021

By: Hans Themistode

For practically a 12 months and a half, Jarrett Hurd would merely shrug his shoulders every time he was requested when he would return to the ring. Nonetheless, even with out a concrete date, the previous unified 154-pound champion labored steadily on his craft. Now, after ready patiently, it seems as if he’ll return to the ring in only a matter of months.

In response to Chris Mannix of Sports activities Illustrated, each Hurd and fringe contender Luis Arias, are at the moment deep in negotiations for a showdown that might happen on the undercard of the lately introduced Floyd Mayweather vs Jake Paul exhibition matchup on June sixth. Though no deal has but been finalized, each side look like headed in the direction of the completed line.

For Hurd (23-1, 16 KOs), he’ll desperately look to regain momentum and place his identify in the direction of the highest of the division. Lengthy earlier than Jermell Charlo held quite a few titles within the 154-pound weight class, Hurd’s shoulders have been draped in gold due to the WBA and IBF world titles. Throughout his championship run, Hurd knocked off a number of notable names together with Erislandy Lara, Austin Trout and Tony Harrison. His world title reign got here to an abrupt finish by the hands of Julian Williams roughly two years in the past. For the primary time in his profession, Hurd was despatched to the canvas and was principally a step behind.

Whereas Hurd might have picked up the primary defeat of his profession, he had the speedy choice to run issues again with Williams however declined. Relatively than look to regain his titles, Hurd as an alternative select to work on a number of points inside his personal camp. For starters, former coach, Ernesto Rodriguez, unleashed scathing criticism of Hurd that got here to the eye of the previous world champion. With Hurd displaying him the door, Kay Koroma is now main him.

The pair have gotten off to a superb begin as Koroma is trying to get Hurd to field extra versus brawling. As a duo, they picked up their first win collectively in January of 2020 towards now-retired Francisco Santana.

Though Arias (18-2-1, 9 KOs) campaigns six kilos larger at middleweight, the possibility to nose to nose a former world champion was just too good to go up. At present, it’s unknown whether or not or not their showdown will happen at 160 or 154 kilos. Whichever choice is made by way of the load class, Arias will merely be seeking to finish his present winless streak.

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native hasn’t picked up a victory since 2017, a fifth-round stoppage towards journeymen Arif Magomedov. Since then, Arias has suffered vast choice defeats to each Daniel Jacobs and Luke Keeler all whereas sandwiching a break up choice draw towards veteran contender Gabe Rosado.


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