On Saturday, February 25, 2017, Tony Harrison (24-1, 20 KOs) takes on Jarrett Hurd (19-0, 13 KOs) in an exciting PBC on Fox co-main event bout from Birmingham, Alabama.
The card will be headlined by hometown hero and WBC Heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, as he takes on replacement opponent, Gerald Washington.
But make no mistake about it, Harrison vs. Hurd is the real deal and the main course for boxing fans to dig into on Saturday night.
The stakes for Hurd vs. Harrison were raised considerably last week when it was announced that the Junior Middleweight showdown would be contested for the IBF title which was recently vacated by Jermall Charlo.
On Tuesday, February 21, Hurd held a media day event at Hillcrest Heights Boxing Gym before he heads down south to Alabama–the home state of his father, Fred Hurd–to try and capture his first world title.
While Hurd acknowledges that Harrison is indeed a good fighter, he’s ready to prove that he is a class above the Detroit native.
“I want people to see that Tony Harrison is a tough opponent, but I want to show that I’m a class above him.”
Hurd, who fights out of Accokeek, MD, has had a tremendous run of late, dominating and stopping previously undefeated Frank Galarza, previously undefeated Oscar Molina and former world title challenger Jo Jo Dan–all by TKO in three consecutive bouts.
Hurd’s trainer, Ernesto Rodriguez, feels that the biggest advantage Harrison possesses going into Saturday night is experience, but Hurd isn’t too worried about that.
“Experience could play a factor, but like I said [Oscar] Molina was a Mexican Olympian and he had a lot of experience. It’s not about my amateur experience and what I’ve done in the past. I feel that the fighter I am right now, I’m a better fighter than Tony Harrison and it’ll show Saturday night,” said Hurd.
Hurd believes establishing his jab early on will be a key to victory, as does Rodriguez. Rodriguez also noted that while the first few rounds may be competitive, Hurd will begin to separate himself from Harrison and dominate the action midway through the fight.
“I think Tony is a B fighter, but I want to show that I am an A fighter,” said Hurd. “Look out for a total domination. Tony Harrison is in for a world of trouble.”
Tune into PBC on Fox on Saturday, February 25, 2017 to watch Tony Harrison take on Jarrett Hurd for the vacant IBF Junior Middleweight title.
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Alejandro "Alex" Burgos is a former Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Round By Round Boxing. He is a professional blogger, SEO Consultant and Marketing Director at Capital Practice Consulting in Washington, DC.