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Lara/Hurd Rematch or a Hurd/Charlo Unification

The WBA Has Ordered A Rematch Of This Months Fight Of The Year Candidate. But Hurd's Team Have Other Ideas.


By Aaron Cooper.

You may have seen me say earlier in the week that we all love a rematch! A close fight or one shrouded in controversy deserves one! 

On April 7th Jarrett Swift Hurd and Erislandy Lara walked into the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, both men intent on unifying their titles with that of their opponent. It was as fantastic a fight as it was unexpected, and boy was there plenty of fireworks. Lara is a highly technically proficient boxer, but Hurd is an absolute monster, and for the hardcore boxing fan among us you would have seen what he did was clever. Very clever in fact. Because he forced Lara to fight a fight that he would not have wanted to engage in. So, I'm sure a few of you are thinking. Mr. Cooper, what are you talking about? Well, Lara moves off to his off side, pretty consistently. Hurd's team clearly picked up on this and Jarrett was able to trap the Cuban's lead foot. Taking away the movement we are used to seeing from Lara and giving us the fight we all bore witness to. 

This fight was close, real close. It's a fight of the year contender for sure. If you've not seen it, I implore you, go and watch it. You'll thank me! A knockdown from Hurd to Lara was enough to separate the two men on two of the judge's scorecards. Awarding 114-113 to Hurd. But, the other judge awarded the fight to Lara on the same score.

The fallen champion certainly wasn't happy with the scorecards 

"Besides the last round, I thought I was winning this fight easily," Lara said. "That's not to decide the fight.  I was winning the fight.  One punch in a fight doesn't determine the fight. 
"It was a great fight for the fans. I stood there, fought and it was fun. I thought I clearly won the fight. Once again a decision goes against me, but hey we just have to do the rematch."

The current plan for Hurd, and his network broadcaster, Showtime. Would be to host a fall showdown with WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo

Charlo is scheduled to defend his title against Austin Trout on June 9th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. It's a Showtime-televised co-feature to the Abner Mares vs. Leo Santa Cruz rematch.

A unification could trump this rematch order - but Hurd would have to submit for an exception to get approved. Charlo too would have to come through his fight with Trout unscathed also.