Hurd: ‘Tony Harrison beating Jermell Charlo definitely threw a monkey wrench into the plan’

In life, sometimes, the best-laid plans don’t work out, and in boxing, plans are thwarted all the time. Such could be the case when it comes to a fight between unified junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd and former WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo.

Hurd and Charlo were on track to fight each other in a unification bout sometime in 2019, but the unthinkable happened. Charlo would lose by a controversial unanimous decision to Tony Harrison back in December, which killed the plans for the highly anticipated fight between Hurd and Charlo.

However, according to FOX Sports boxing insider Mike Coppinger, Charlo will battle Harrison, in a rematch, sometime in June, while Hurd has a tough fight on tap as he will battle Julian Williams on May 11 at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.

According to Coppinger, if Hurd and Charlo win, the two could clash later in 2019. At least, that is the plan.

“Tony Harrison beating Jermell Charlo definitely threw a monkey wrench into the plan coming off of surgery,” Hurd said on Sunday. “I’m going to go after the WBC belt regardless of who has it, but first I have to take care of Julian.”

For the 28-year-old Hurd, this an opportunity to defend his title near his hometown of Accokeek, Maryland, which is very important to Hurd.

“It was very important to fight at home because that’s what everyone has been asking for,” Hurd said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity, and I can’t wait to step in the ring.

“All of my fights are classics. I know that ‘J-Rock’ has been watching me and that makes him dangerous. He’s coming in with a good game plan, and we’ll see what it is on fight night.”

While he won’t predict how he will win, Hurd expects to get the victory in Virginia. Of course, that’s the plan.

“I’m going to be victorious on May 11. I’m looking for a decisive win. I’m not saying I’m going to to get the stoppage, but it will be convincing that it went my way.”

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(Video)Erickson Lubin: ‘I think I’m the best in this division(154)’

In 2017, 154-pound contender Erickson Lubin had an opportunity to win his first title when he battled then 154-pound WBC champion Jermell Charlo.  The trash-talk leading up to the fight was fierce, and Lubin was ready to get the title, but the unthinkable happened. Lubin got caught with a right uppercut and was stopped in the first round.

That was then, and this now. Lubin(20-1, 15 KOs) is on a two-fight winning streak and is now being trained by Kevin Cunningham. With Cunningham in his corner, Lubin stopped the durable Ishe Smith back in February. It was the first time Smith has been stopped in his career.

The 23-year-old Lubin feels he is a much different fighter since the Charlo fight and hopes he can get the rematch.

“I feel like my whole game has tweaked up to a whole another level, man,” Lubin recently told Paul Gant.  “I feel like I’m definitely ready, definitely hungry too, man. I can’t wait to get that rematch against him. I’m seeking revenge.”

When asked if things would be different against Charlo, Lubin had this to say.

“You think I’m going to let somebody stop me in the first round again? Hell no!” Lubin said.

Lubin is young, strong, and has a lot of skills. And his mind, he is has the most talent in the 154-pound division.

“I got the most skill in the weight class, and I’m the youngest in the weight class that is doing it,” Lubin said. “It’s just up to me to show improve now. Some may have their own opinions and have their favorites in this division, but this is the most “lit” division in boxing. I think I’m the best in this division, so it’s up to me to show it now, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Lubin expects to return to the ring in the summer.

Listen below as Lubin discusses his victory over Smith, training with Cunningham, and more.

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Tony Harrison has concerns about the judges in a Charlo rematch

When the scorecards were announced after the Jermell Charlo-Tony Harrison fight back in December, many fans at Barclays Center and some reporters on press row were surprised by what they heard. All three judges had it for the new WBC junior middleweight champion, Tony Harrison.

According to Charlo, there was a rematch clause in the contract, and recently, the WBC ordered a rematch between Charlo and Harrison.

After the bout, Charlo called the decision a robbery and called for a rematch, which is something Harrison is interested in doing. However, Harrison has some concerns about how the judges will handle the rematch.

“That’s the only thing that scares me,” Harrison recently told Paul Gant about the judges in a possible Charlo rematch. “Because it was the same thing with Ishe Smith when I fought Ishe Smith after he fought Julian Williams. I thought he(Ishe Smith) gave a hell of a performance, and I’m actually rolling with Ishe because I actually thought the scorecards were a little too wide on how competitive the fight was. After all that complaining that he did after the fight, which was very acceptable because I thought he deserved a little better scorecard than he had, but I think it affected me when I fought him next. They gave me a split decision when I thought I dominated him ten times more than Julian Williams did, so that’s mostly the only thing that scares me about fighting him(Charlo) again.”

Harrison does make a good point about the Julian Williams-Ishe Smith fight that took place November 2017. In that fight, Smith fought hard and gave Williams a very tough fight, but the scorecards were very wide. The scores for the fight were  99-91, 98-92 and 97-93 all in favor of Williams. Harrison fought Smith seven months later and dominated him for 10 rounds. Harrison won the fight, but the fight was way too close on the scorecards than it should have been. The Detroit native would win by split decision.

The controversial nature of the decision in the first fight with Charlo could make it hard for Harrison to win in a rematch. He might have to win more definitively the next time around. It may put Harrison in a tight spot and may force him to be more aggressive than he needs to be in the rematch.

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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Tony Harrison on Charlo fight: ‘I watched the fight as a fan, one time, and scored it 8 to 4’

Newly crowned WBC 154-pound champion Tony Harrison shocked the world when he defeated Jermell Charlo by unanimous decision to capture the title in December at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

After the fight, many questioned the decision, including some at ringside, but fortunately for Harrison, that won’t change the outcome.

Recently, Harrison was a guest on the Go4it podcast with Paul Gant, and when asked how he scored the fight, here is what he had to say.

“I re-watched the fight; I scored it 8 to 4,” Harrison told Paul Gant. “I had it 8 to 4. I gave him every round that I even thought was close. If you start watching every round, at two minutes and thirty seconds, I dominated each round. He came out strong for about thirty seconds of every round, and after that, it was over. It died down, and I was in control…

“Half of those guys that said he was robbed are his fans, and for me, it’s fact. It’s not a robbery when every judge had me winning, and you were the ‘A’ side. You had parts of the promotion. You was all the hype; all the hype was through you, so you mean to tell me they want to cheat you for somebody that already had losses. Facts speak for themselves. Like I said, I watched the fight as a fan, one time; scored it 8 to 4, and I said, ‘the judges got it right.'”

All three judges scored the fight for Harrison, by scores of 116-112 and 115-113 twice. Per CompuBox, Harrison connected on 34 percent of his punches throughout the fight to Charlo‘s 29 percent clip, while Charlo out landed Harrison 160 to 128, plus a 108 to 71 advantage in power punches landed.

By no means was this fight a robbery, I think you could have scored it 7-5 either way; 8-4 might be a stretch, but you could make a legitimate argument that Harrison won the fight.

Even if you had Charlo winning the fight, you have to acknowledge that Harrison had a great night. According to Charlo, there was a rematch clause in the contract for this fight, so we’ll probably see this again at some point down the line.

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

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

 

Tony Harrison believes he was overlooked by Charlo(VIDEO)

In the sport of boxing, anything can happen, and we saw that on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. What was meant as a showcase for the Charlo Brothers, turned into a coming out party for Tony Harrison. The Detroit native would beat Jermell Charlo by unanimous decision to capture the WBC junior middleweight title.

After unified junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd defeated Jason Welborn on the Wilder-Fury undercard, Jermell Charlo went into the ring and called out Hurd, but for Charlo to get Hurd, he had to beat Harrison, and that did not happen. In reality, maybe Charlo overlooked Harrison, which Harrison thinks was the case.

Now that he is a champion, Harrison would love to fight in his hometown of Detroit, but they may have to wait. According to Jermell Charlo, there was a rematch clause in the contract for this fight. Therefore, Harrison may have to give Charlo a rematch before he could get that hometown fight or possibly a unification fight against Hurd, who stopped Harrison back in 2017.

After the fight, Harrison discussed being overlooked by Charlo and his desire for a hometown fight.

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Jermell Charlo: ‘I don’t like nobody at my weight class'(VIDEO)

 In a back-and-forth title showdown, Detroit’s Tony Harrison (28-2, 21 KOs) pulled off the upset to win a narrow unanimous decision over Jermell Charlo (31-1, 15 KOs) and capture the WBC Super Welterweight Championship at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night.

All three judges scored the fight for Harrison, by scores of 116-112 and 115-113 twice. Per CompuBox, Harrison connected on 34 percent of his punches throughout the fight to Charlo’s 29 percent clip, while Charlo out landed Harrison 160 to 128, plus a 108 to 71 advantage in power punches landed.

This fight was going to set up a possible unification fight with Jarrett Hurd sometime in 2019, but now that is out the door, for now.

After the fight, Hurd stated that he thought Charlo won the contest.

Charlo responded to Hurd’s thoughts at the post-fight press conference.

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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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