Munguia: ‘Hurd is a very big 154-pounder. I think he’s bigger than me. If a fight with him is presented to me, why not?’

Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) discussed his busy plans for 2019 as he prepares to defend his WBO Junior Middleweight World Title against Japanese contender Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs) in a 12-round battle. The action will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and will be streamed live on DAZN.

The native of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico is working hard to make a successful third defense of his title in what will be his debut in Texas. Munguia is working under the expert tutelage of renowned trainer Robert Alcazar, who trained the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Edwin Valero and Jessie Vargas. Munguia is training in the Southern California area, where he combines a morning run at the mountains with an intense boxing session at a private gym in the afternoon.

Below is what Jaime Munguia had to say during a recent training session:

“We are preparing very well. I feel better and more motivated than ever before. I’m stronger than ever, and I will do my best to give the best fights for the people on this new platform, DAZN.”

“I have worked hard to be in the main events like this. I think for me this is just the start. I want to make history. I was happy to be the co-main event of Canelo vs. GGG 2, and now that I’m headlining this event, I am more motivated.”

“Takeshi Inoue is a strong fighter. He comes forward. He doesn’t mind taking a punch in order to land one. We have to be careful with that and come very prepared. We have to be careful with his right hand as well. We’re going to come very well prepared on Jan. 26.”

“After this fight, it looks like I will have a WBO mandatory bout against Dennis Hogan. But I would still like to unify the titles at 154 pounds with the other champions. We will resolve anything that is put in front of us.”

“The plan is to move up to 160 pounds in about a year. We’re fine making weight now. I have no problems, but I feel I can move up and fight in other divisions. My body is such that I could even go up to 168 pounds.”

Munguia on the other fighters in his division:

“I thought the fight was a draw [regarding Jermell Charlo vs. Tony Harrison]. Charlo should have attacked more and not wait as much. That’s my opinion of the fight. Tony Harrison is a good fighter. He’s tough and has good skills. If he is put in front of us-or anyone for that matter-we will have to work.”

“[Jarrett] Hurd is a very big 154-pounder. I think he’s bigger than me. If a fight with him is presented to me, why not? We can unify the tittles or meet at 160 pounds.”

“I don’t know what to say about the political situation because we are on different platforms. We will see if a fight against them can happen. Perhaps not this year, but maybe we can meet them at 160 pounds.

“I’ve heard the things they’ve said about me. Maybe they don’t respect me or think I’m too young. They’ve said a lot. I will make them respect me on the day they step in the ring with me.”

Munguia vs. Hurd would be amazing, but politics might just prevent it from happening, and Munguia is right, maybe he and Hurd can meet up at 160. Both guys are big 154-pounder. No one knows what the futures, but Munguia vs. Hurd will hopefully happen soon.

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Harrison on Charlo-Hurd: ‘I honestly think Charlo would win’

Everything was setting up for a big unification fight between unified junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd and former WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo, but then Tony Harrison happened. Harrison would beat Charlo by unanimous decision back in December, and now Charlo-Hurd must wait.

Interestingly enough, according to Harrison, If Charlo-Hurd were to happen, he thinks Charlo would get the nod.

“I honestly think Charlo would win,” Harrison recently told Paul Gant. “Because those shots that Jermell missed on me, I think ninety-nine percent of the shots he missed on me, ninety-nine percent would land on him. He’s not the weakest puncher in the world. So, I think Jarrett Hurd is very skillful in defense in an awkward kind of way, but I think he gets touched a little too much. I think if Jermell kind of touch him with some of them shots, and putting shots together like he showed (against)Charles Hatley or Austin Trout. He starts putting them shots together I think he does damage to Hurd.”

Hurd does take a lot of shots, but he can absorb the punishment and keep on trucking. Hurd has shown the ability to break a fighter down, which he did against Harrison and Erislandy Lara. Charlo-Hurd would be an exciting fight, and I was looking forward to seeing it in 2019. However, it will have to wait, at least for now.

Listen to the complete interview below. Harrison comes in at 04:32:

 

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Spence: ‘If Harrison and Hurd fight, I’ll fight the winner of them two'(VIDEO)

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. has a big matchup in March against WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia in a fight that will feature two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport of boxing, and if he gets past Garcia, Spence might have even bigger goals.

Spence and Jermell Charlo share the same trainer, Derrick James, and after Charlo was upset by Tony Harrison last Saturday night in Brooklyn, Spence was asked if he would be interested in fighting Harrison to avenge Charlo’s lost.

‘If Harrison and Hurd fight, I’ll fight the winner of them two,” Spence said.

Whether that happens, who knows. We will probably see Charlo-Harrison 2 before we see anything because according to Charlo, there was a rematch clause in the contract.

Spence has big fish to fry at 147, but he is a big welterweight who might want to move up at some point in time. So, anything is possible.

Listen to what Spence had to say below

 

Hurd on next fight: ‘It’s going to be a great name'(VIDEO)

Unified champion Jarrett Hurd handled his business on the Wilder-Fury undercard when he stopped Jason Welborn in the fourth round. After the fight, WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo stepped into the ring to call out Hurd, but that fight won’t happen unless Charlo beats Tony Harrison on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

However, before any fight with Charlo, Hurd would like to fight in his backyard. The Accokeek, Maryland native is looking to fight near his hometown.

“We not sure exactly who the opponent gonna be, but it’s going to be a great name,” Hurd told goforitradio.com. “They gave some names where you guys are going to be happy with the matchup.”

One of the names could be Julian Williams, who according to Fox Sports Boxing insider Mike Coppinger, could be fighting Hurd or Jermell Charlo sometime in the spring. Williams is mandatory challenger for both Hurd and Charlo. If it is Williams, that won’t be an easy fight for Hurd. Williams is tough out for anybody at 154.

But the fight that everybody wants to see is a unification fight with Charlo, so hopefully, both fighters can win their respective fights, and we can see the most significant fight at 154 sometime in 2019.

Listen below as Hurd talks his victory over Welborn, his shoulder, and what’s next for him:

 

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Jarrett Hurd expects to return in December; Julian Williams in 2019?(VIDEO)

After defeating Erislandy Lara in April to unify the IBF and WBA titles at 154, Jarrett Hurd has been out of commission after having surgery back in June to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder. According to Hurd, the injury happened while he was in training camp for the Lara fight.

Currently, Hurd (22-0, 15 KOs) is rehabbing the shoulder. If all goes well, he expects to be back in action by the end of the year.

“We’re trying to fight in December,” Hurd recently told Pau Gant. “We’re not sure exactly the date; he said the first week in December. You know we got Deontay Wilder’s card coming up. We hearing about Floyd(Mayweather) coming back in fighting, so the first week of December, I don’t know what I’m going to fight on, but I may have my own card, who knows, but December for sure.”

According to the 28-year-old Hurd, the December fight would be a tuneup, and then he wants bigger and better things in 2019.

Hurd reportedly could be on the Wilder-Fury undercard on December 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, or as he said, maybe he will headline his own card. We shall see.

Listen below as Hurd talks his plans for 2018 and 2019, and the possibility of fighting Julian Williams and Jermell Charlo next year:

 

 

Jarrett Hurd does not expect to see Mayweather-Pacquiao 2(VIDEO)

Last month, Floyd Mayweather had the boxing world buzzing when he posted a video on Instagram announcing that he would return to the sport in December to fight Manny Pacquiao. Shortly after that Instagram video, TMZ Sports reported that Mayweather was looking to fight a tuneup in Japan, and then fight Pacquiao in 2019.

This would be a rematch of their fight from 2015 when Mayweather beat Pacquiao by unanimous decision.

However, not everybody thinks Mayweather-Pacquiao 2 will happen, including unified junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd.

“Mayweather likes to talk, man,” Hurd told Paul Gant. “Mayweather said he was going to get in the cage(MMA). Do you see him in the cage? Mayweather kind of like to stay in the mix. If I do see it, I would be surprised.”

Back in March, Mayweather, 41, did say he was looking to train for a possible appearance in the Octagon, but that talk has since cooled.

I think Mayweather will return, and I think he can make a lot more money. I just hope he’s coming back for the love of boxing, and not because he needs the money.

Listen below:

 

 

Trout: ‘Hurd’s not very skilled, he’s just a big, tough dude’

Former world champion Austin Trout has a tall order ahead of him on June 9. Trout will face WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The last time we saw Trout, he was stopped in the 10th round by WBA/IBF junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd last October. Although he lost to Hurd, Trout believes his fight with Charlo will be even more difficult.

“Jermell has a boatload more skills. In my opinion, Hurd’s not very skilled, he’s just a big, tough dude,” Trout said during a conference call. “And Jermell, he’s tough and he’s bigger than most junior middleweights, but he’s also skilled. So we gotta worry about definitely his skillset as opposed to just him taking punishment and making you wind out from beating him up, because that’s what happened with Hurd. I just beat him up until I ran out, till I couldn’t beat him up anymore.”

If Jermell Charlo can handle his business against Trout, maybe a unification fight with Hurd could be next. Trout is not a pushover, but ultimately, Charlo should win this fight.

Maybe Hurd is not as skilled as Charlo, but Hurd is very tough and very strong. Therefore, Charlo-Hurd would be very a close fight, and a fight we all hope happens soon!

Hurd unifies 154 with split-decision victory over Lara (Photos)

LAS VEGAS (April 7, 2018) – Jarrett Hurd unified the 154-pound division with a 12-round split-decision victory over Erislandy Lara in an all-action fight Saturday on SHOWTIME before a sold out crowd of 2,579 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Hurd (22-0, 15 KOs), who entered as IBF Champion, dethroned WBA Champion in just the seventh unification in division history. The difference in the Fight of the Year candidate was a short left hook that floored Lara in the final minute of the fight. Had the 27-year-old Hurd not scored the knockdown, the fight would have been ruled a majority draw.

Following the thrilling bout, SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray asked Hurd if he’d like to face WBC 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo, who was ringside, to further unify the division.

“‘Swift’ isn’t ducking anyone,” Hurd responded. “I’m No. 1 now.  We’re calling the shots.”

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Lara to Hurd: ‘You’ve never been in a big fight’

WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara is the longest reigning champion at 154.  The 34-year-old Cuban star has not lost a fight in almost four years.

On Saturday, Lara(25-2-2, 14 KOs) will have a huge challenge ahead of him as he challenges IBF super welterweight champion Jarrett Hurd(21-0, 15 KOs) in a unification fight from Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Hurd is big, strong and has stopped his last seven opponents, but Lara is not concerned:

“Everyone knows I love to fight his style. I’ve fought better and taller fighters than him and you’ve seen me dominate them,” Lara said at the final press conference on Thursday. “It’s going to be nothing different on Saturday night.

“I want him to come forward. That’s what I’m prepared for. I’m going to give him a lesson on Saturday night.”

“I have to give Hurd credit for taking the fight. It’s been hard to get fighters in the ring with me. There’s no need to talk because on Saturday we will find out everything we need to know.

“Everyone here talking from Hurd’s team can’t get in the ring with him. It’s different once you’re in the ring with me. You’ve never been in a big fight. We’ll find out what you have Saturday night. Right now, you’re all talk.

“I’m absolutely ready for this fight. This is going to be a great battle for the fans on SHOWTIME. I’m excited to get in the ring and finally unify the decision. I’m preparing to make history.

“I haven’t watched much video on Hurd, but as we saw from the Trout fight, he’s very hittable. Come Saturday night, he better have worked on some defense or it won’t last very long.”

According to Lara, if he beats Hurd, he’s going after WBC super welterweight Jermell Charlo:

“I don’t want to hear anything about Jermell Charlo, because Jarrett Hurd is the one who stepped up. On Sunday, Charlo can sign the contract and we can get ready to rumble.”

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Hurd: ‘Lara is the top guy, but after Saturday night, it’s going to be me’

LAS VEGAS (April 5, 2018) – World champions Erislandy Lara and Jarrett Hurdwent face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference for their 154-pound world title unification this Saturday, April 7 live on SHOWTIME® from Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

WBA Champion Lara and IBF Champion Hurd will meet for just the sixth unification bout in division history in a fight that will help define the future of the 154-pound class. The winner of Lara-Hurd will join Hall of Famers Terry Norris, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya and Winky Wright, as well as Canelo Alvarez, as the only fighters to unify 154-pound titles.

Hurd wants to be the king at 154, and he is very confident that he will be the man at 154 after Saturday night:

“Lara has been the longest reigning champion and he was on top when I first turned pro. We’ve studied him a lot. I didn’t get into this sport to be anything but number one,” Hurd said. “Lara is the top guy, but after Saturday night, it’s going to be me.

“It’s been a great training camp. We’re well prepared. This is the fight I’ve been asking for. After I beat Tony Harrison, Erislandy Lara had some words on Twitter for me. So I’ve wanted the fight since then. Somebody has to pay for that.

“This fight is coming at the right time for me because my confidence is very high right now. He’s a little older so I’ll be the younger and fresher fighter. I just feel like it’s my time. I’m going to be relentless. I’m not stopping until I get what I want.

“Lara is a veteran with a lot of experience. He knows how to win rounds and he can make you look bad no matter how good you are. I’m going to use my own awkward style and do what I do best.

“With my power and skill set, I can stop any fighter in the division. That definitely includes Erislandy Lara.

“Lara has great discipline in his game plan. No matter if he’s up on the cards or down or anything, he’s not going to switch it up. It’s hard to break a fighter when they’re disciplined like that. We have a plan for everything though and we’re confident that we’ll come up with something that will get us the victory.

“Lara is a guy who can’t take pressure fighters well. I have some of the best pressure in the game. I’m younger, stronger, taller and longer. He’s not going to be able to run for 12 rounds.

“Nobody wanted to fight this guy. I stepped up to the table because I know what I can do. 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.”

In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, super welterweight contenders Julian Williams and Nathaniel Gallimore will face off in an IBF 154-pound world title eliminator.

Also on the the card, IBF Super Middleweight World Champion Caleb Truax and former champion James DeGale will meet in an immediate rematch of what was the near-universal upset of the year in 2017.

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