Freelance: Hurd to Face Trout July 29

The International Boxing Federation announced today (June 11) that following being granted an exception, super welterweight/ junior middleweight (154-pound) champion Jarrett Hurd will next face Austin Trout July 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The 26-year-old Hurd is ranked at both #5 in the U.S. divisional rankings out of 318 fighters and #5 world out of 1,799 fighters after putting together a flawless 20-0-0 record with 14 wins by way of knockout (a rate of 70 percent.)

Per, TGB Promotions CEO Tom Brown, who will be staging the contest, was required to file a petition with the IBF in addition paying a “consideration fee” of $20,000, which were both done back on May 22.

“Swift” will face the 33-year-old “No Doubt” Trout (30-3, 17 KOs,) who is surprisingly being granted shot at the championship after going 5-1 in his last six bouts but is fresh off of a unanimous decision loss to Jermall Charlo in May of 2016. Perhaps because it has been his only defeat in 12 straight fights. It also seems that this bout came together largely because of name recognition as Trout is a former champion for the World Boxing Association (WBA.)

The condition of this match-up is that the winner has 90 days to face the rightful title challenger in Cedric Vitu, ranked #3 in the IBF, or the then-champion will accordingly be stripped of said championship belt. The French Vitu is an impressive 46-2-0 40 percent of his wins being KO finishes at 19. He is a perfect 6-0 in his last six bouts per, splitting those wins with three TKOs and decisions each.

Hurd most recently fought against Tony Harrison in February and looked…questionable in parts of that contest to say the least, but Harrison failed to hold up during the later rounds of the fight and was put away in the ninth round by KO.

Despite being 24-2 with 20 KO wins, Harrison seems to be developing a tendency of crumbling late before he reaches the proverbial finish line while Trout lost to the famed Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, a top name in the sport for some time, in what is widely regarded a toss-up despite being ruled by judges to be a unanimous decision loss.

In the court of public opinion though, this seems like the bout to make for the division over Vitu, who has faced largely unknown fighters, due to the exciting possibility of an upset as Dan Ambrose of said:

“You can make a strong argument that Hurd is the weak link among the 4 current world champions at 154. I definitely rate Hurd below WBC champion Jermell Charlo, WBA champions Erislandy Lara and Demetrius Andrade…

Trout has the talent to beat Hurd if he’s at his best. The only thing we don’t know is how much the long layoff and the punishment in his loss to Charlo will affect Trout. If he’s at his best for the Hurd fight, then he’s likely going to win the fight, because is someone that can be beaten. Trout has the style to give Hurd all kinds of problems. Trout will need to go to war for him to beat Hurd.”