Saturday, 14 October 2017

Hurd stops brave Trout in 10, retains his IBF Super Welterweight title..



Former WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout 30-3 (17 Ko's) came out of the blocks fast in the early rounds against 27 year old IBF champion Jarrett Hurd 20-0 (14 Ko's) at the Barclays centre in Brooklyn Saturday night, setting a pace that one might consider poor judgment for a man 5 years the champions senior..  Hurd maintained his shape and looked the more composed, but allowed the 32 year old challenger to land the higher volume, often accurately throughout the first half of the bout..  But as advertised, Trouts anxious early workrate would take its toll and after seven would see him appear slightly disjointed, although still enjoying a healthy lead..  Hurd, cut badly in round 7 lacked the urgency of a champion attempting to make a statement, yet rallied in the eighth to try discourage the older man..  Trout slowed dramatically by round 8, yet still managed to find the fresher Hurd with crafty counters..  By 9 Trout looked to be running on vapours, yet still held a slight lead, leaving Hurd needing to take the fight in the last 3 sessions..  Ungainly, Hurd struggled to catch the obvious eye throughout the round, often crowding his own work or missing widely leaving the fight still up for grabs..
Round 10 saw the champion backing up Trout with the jab, yet still failing to capitalise on obvious openings, still allowing the tiring former champion to fiddle his way through the session..   Hurd lacks the power to pursue the stoppage, yet seemed to find the steady volume to overwhelm Trout..   With the eye closed shut, the sorry looking Trout returned to his corner, ahead.. but completely spent, to see the ringside physician stop the fight..    Hurd gets the 10th round TKO, but fails to impress on a stage that was provided for that purpose..