The last time they were in the same arena, Jarrett Hurd completed the most notable win of his promising boxing career, then watched Erislandy Lara secure a unanimous decision in the headline bout at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
The native of Accokeek, Md., instead has been training for his 154-pound unification fight against Lara, the longest-reigning super welterweight champion, on Saturday night in the main event of a Showtime card at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
On the line will be Hurd’s International Boxing Federation belt and Lara’s World Boxing Association and International Boxing Organization titles.
“I’ve been fighting at 154 all my life, so we’ve been watching him since I turned professional, and the style Lara presents, we’ve been training for this long before this training camp,” said Hurd, 27. “He’s a great champion, but Lara has always been on top, and we always study, and the game plan we got is perfect, and this is why we wanted the fight.
Hurd (21-0, 15 knockouts) is set to defend his IBF championship for a second time since he won it Feb. 25, 2017, via a ninth-round knockout of Tony Harrison in what initially was scheduled to be an eliminator bout to decide who would face then-champion Jermall Charlo.