IBF junior middleweight titleholder Jarrett Hurd retained his world title against Austin Trout tonight on Showtime. Trout came out fast and was throwing more punches in combination than I've ever seen him before, and was having good success early by simply outworking the younger champion.
That strategy could only be short-lived, though. By the mid-rounds Trout has expended too much energy and as he began to fade Hurd was able to land bigger shots with great frequency. The fight was action packed and was a great start to the Showtime broadcast.
In the 10th round Hurd, who has been nursing a cut over his right eye from a head clash, had come on in full force and really put even more of a beating on Trout, knocking him all around the ring. In between rounds Trout's trainer said that he wanted to stop the fight but the ringside doctor took the burden off of his hand and recommended the fight be called off. It was.
Hurd ends his night with a big statement win, being the first person to stop a game Austin Trout. And with it he successfully made his first world title defense.