As the scores for Jarrett Hurd’s junior middleweight unification victory over Erislandy Lara have been learn out final weekend in Las Vegas, all I may consider was Larry Holmes dethroning then-WBC heavyweight titleholder Ken Norton in June 1978.
Like Holmes-Norton, this was a break up resolution the place one level separated the fighters on all three scorecards. Hurd added Lara’s WBA 154-pound title to his IBF model with two scores of 114-113, whereas Lara was given an an identical tally on the third card.
It was a a lot better struggle than many had anticipated and, finally, the argument was settled by a knockdown within the last spherical. Hurd managed to nail Lara with a stable left hook within the closing seconds, and that two-point spherical was decisive when it comes to the numbers. Team Lara, nevertheless, don’t imagine it was sufficient.
“It was a good fight, but I really thought we won,” stated Lara’s coach Ronnie Shields, who additionally coaches unbeaten middleweight star Jermall Charlo.
“One judge gave Hurd four of the first six rounds – crazy. There’s no way in the world that Lara lost four of the first six. I thought he won eight rounds in the fight and was comfortable going into the last rounds. The judges didn’t see it that way but (the powers at be) need to fix (this kind of scoring).”
This isn’t the primary time that Lara has been on the improper finish of a decent verdict. In July 2014, the Cuban southpaw boxed brilliantly at instances towards Canelo Alvarez however, once more, a 12-round break up resolution went towards him.
“Every time we fight in Las Vegas, it’s the same thing,” stated Shields, his frustration evident. “When (Lara) fought Canelo, they stated he didn’t interact sufficient. This time I set him down, had him interact a complete lot extra, and nonetheless they stole it.
“Lara is a much smaller guy than Hurd. In this fight, Hurd had height, reach, weight, everything over us. I couldn’t put Lara on the outside because it wouldn’t have been good for him. He had to be close and punch inside with Hurd.”
Shield was a top-class beginner and he additionally challenged twice for world titles as an expert. The affable Texas native has coached the likes of Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whitaker, Mike Tyson and the late Vernon Forrest. Put merely, he’s forgotten extra about boxing than most individuals know.
Given how shut Lara got here to securing victory, wouldn’t it be smart to pursue an instantaneous rematch with Hurd?
“Lara is 35 years old and I hate putting him in hard back-to-back fights like that,” stated Shields. “I care so much about all the guys that I work with, so I don’t want a rematch right away. We’ll go after someone in the top five in the world, but I don’t know who that’s gonna be.”
Tom Gray is Associate Editor for THE RING. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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