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Team Hurd Now More Sure Hurd Would KO Jermell

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Team Hurd Now More Sure Hurd Would KO Jermell

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?

Editor/publisher Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the thought to be impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live since 2017. He now does work for PROBOX TV, the first truly global boxing network.

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