There is Fighter of the Year. There is KO of the Year. There is Round of the Year.
Some boxing publications and writers might even hand out a few more award designation such as “Comeback of the Year” or “Upset of the Year.”
Ring Magazine has a few others but, former 154-pound champion Jarrett Hurd might have just created a new category for pugilists: Tweet of the Year.
His brief tweet launched today may be the finest of the year in the sport.
He is not moving to 160 until he rematches Julian “J Rock” Williams for a chance at winning his 154-pound world titles back.
Williams defeated Hurd in what was, in my opinion, the fight of the year on May 11, 2019.
Williams declined to fight on the outside and instead sought to take the contest to the hard-punching Hurd on inside. Hurd’s defense was suspect in that fight, and he vowed in the tweet to work on it.
The new and improved Hurd will also feature a new haircut. Gone is the blonde look that he sported in the first fight (and was often compared to Cleveland Brown’s star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.).
In the tweet, he also committed to VADA testing for performance-enhancing substances which Julian Williams has made a condition for any fighter challenging him for his belts.
Finally, Hurd also clarified that he no longer lives at his mother’s house–a piece of trivia that was often brought up surrounding Hurd.
The tweet was also a defacto summary of Jarrett Hurd’s press conference to announce his fight with Francisco Santana on January 25 on Showtime.
The 10-round fight is scheduled for Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and is seen as tune-up fight before his rematch with Williams.
— Joseph H (@TheJosephH) December 18, 2019