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October 02, 2017

JARRETT HURD: "I"M GOING TO STOP HIM IN THE NINTH OR TENTH ROUND!"
By G. Leon

GL: How has everything been going in preparation? What can we expect to see from you on October 14? Everything has been going good, we definitely have been working on a lot of footwork this camp. In my last fight with Tony Harrison, I got to pressure him and use the ring a little bit, he was trying to use his boxing skills and I know Trout is going to go in there and try to do the same thing. I'm working on footwork and cutting off the ring a lot in this training camp and I think that's going to show on the night of the fight.

GL: There's a saying in boxing that a fighter becomes 15% better when he becomes a champion, it naturally comes with the confidence. Do you feel that way? Are you in a better space now than you ever have been before?

Jarrett Hurd: "Oh yeah! Not only the confidence is there, but the last fight showed me the things that we need to work on and that's what we've been doing. I know that I've improved as a fighter."

GL: Trout has been in there with the best and he's by far the most experienced guy you've ever fought. What would a victory over him mean to you?

JH: "A victory would mean everything, but a stoppage would mean even more. He's fought the top guys, he's got a win over Cotto, he went twelve rounds with Canelo in a close fight. He went twelve rounds with Charlo and he's got two losses but he's never been stopped so for me to stop him would mean a lot."

GL: You've fought three times since he's last been in the ring. Do you feel that gives you an advantage?

JH: "Not necessarily. His last four fights were title fights so I don't think the layoff is going to be much of a factor for him."

GL: How do you feel about this show with all three belts on the line? Does this show have to lead to unification?

JH: "It has to. Unification in 2018 is a must. This fight right here is a showcase of the 154 pound division, I feel this is a card to set up the unification and it would be crazy if it didn't happen in 2018."

GL: Do you think the first unification bout will take place between the two guys who win most impressively?

JH: "It all depends. I kind of feel like they're going to put me an Lara together first and then save the fight with me and Charlo for later on. I don't know, I feel like Lara and Charlo won't fight each other because Ronnie Shields trains his brother."

GL: Are you a little disappointed that this fight is the opening bout?

JH: "No. I'm going to set the bar high and make sure my fight is action packed. I want to be able to enjoy their fights after I handle my business. Me fighting first is going to give me the chance to watch their fights also and study my future opponents."

GL: Other than victory do you have a prediction?

JH: "I predict a late stoppage in the ninth or tenth round."

GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?

JH: "I want to thank you and all of my fans for supporting me. Keep supporting me I fight for you, make sure you tune in October 14 on Showtime because we've definitely got a Trout to catch."

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