Jarrett Hurd watched the Jermell Charlo vs Tony Harrison fight from the good seats Saturday night.
And though Hurd had a hard time seeing over the long torso of promoter Tom Brown, the MD-based boxer saw enough to cement his POV about the 154 pound Charlo.
Hurd attended the fights at Barclays Center Saturday and him and trainer Ernesto Rodriguez had the same interpretation after watching Harrison get the nod after 12 rounds of junior middleweight tussling.
Ernesto, what did you get from watching Jermell versus Detroit Tony?
“Jermell will get stopped (versus Hurd), as I’ve been saying all along,” the trainer told me Sunday. And Hurd believes that too?
“Yes sir. Styles make fights. Jermell is tailor-made for Hurd,” Rodriguez told me. “I was sure before but now I have zero doubt that Hurd would stop him. Jermell needs to focus on getting his belt back if he is able to do that. Next fight Harrison will be more confident.”
We can assume, I think, after Jermell told media at the post-fight presser of a rematch clause to be activated within four months, that Jermell needs to re-set against Harrison before he can fixate on Hurd? So, I asked Rodriguez, does the Jermell loss mess up the desired timeline to make a Jermell vs Hurd bout? “No …fall still if he wins rematch.”
Hurd will do a dance off with Julian “J-Roc” Williams in the spring, and everyone will go from there.
Your thoughts, readers? Does the loss add fuel to Jermell’s fire? Or make self doubt flourish and infect a psyche that has been boosted by the constant adulation that an undefeated mark brings? And does it matter…is Hurd too much of a beast, and what version of Jermell he brings to the table just…won't…matter?