Former world champion Jarrett Hurd did what he had to do on Saturday night in Brooklyn when he defeated Francisco Santana by unanimous decision in their 10-round super welterweight contest.
Hurd, who was fighting for the first time since losing to Julian Williams back in May, showed his ability to box against Santana. Hurd used a lot of head movement and worked behind his jab in this fight. He was able to control much of the fight from the outside, landing 80 jabs throughout the fight, connecting on 22%. He also proved elusive in the ring, allowing Santana only to land five jabs throughout the fight.
Hurd would drop Santana in the 10th and final round, but Santana was able to make it to feet before the end of the round.
This was also Hurd’s first fight with his new head trainer Kay Koroma, and at times in the match, the Barclays Center crowd wanted to see Hurd go toe-to-toe with Santana, but Hurd’s main focus was to stick to the game plan.
“Hey, listen, man. They could have booed until their throats were sore,” Hurd said at the post-fight press conference. “I gotta do what I gotta do, man. At the end of the day, like I said, I know they love the “War Swift,” but I gotta think about myself first.”
The 154-pound division is on fire right now, and at 5’11,” Hurd is a big man. However, he hopes to stay at this division for as long as he can.
“I’m going stick around as long as I can, man,” Hurd said about fighting at 154. “I’m going to stick around until I’m missing weight. I’m going to do whatever I can to accomplish that goal where I want to become undisputed before I move up.”
The biggest fight at super welterweight is probably WBC 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo and Hurd. Hopefully, that will happen very soon, but in the end, Hurd will fight anybody that will get him belts.
“We want the belts,” Hurd said. “We want the best. I’m not exactly sure what’s going to be the next move, but we want the belts.”
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