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Jarrett Hurd looking to make statement by stopping Luis Arias on June 6

Hurd talks about his return plans in this upcoming middleweight fight.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

During the latest installment of Brian Custer’s the Last Stand Podcast, former junior middleweight titleholder Jarrett Hurd talks about his upcoming bout against Luis Arias, losing his father to COVID, and still looking towards some big junior middleweight fights before making a permanent move to 160.

Hurd on why he’s fighting at 160 on June 6th

“I fought right before the pandemic hit, so I took some time off, and not only that I was moving into to a new home out of my parents’ house. Taking some time off from my last fight, no gyms open no nothing, I’m just sitting around in the house and I look in the mirror and my weight is up to like 217! That’s a big drop going from there to 154, so for this fight were going to step up to 160, we don’t want to drop too much weight but this is just for this fight.”

Hurd on fighting Luis Arias June 6th

“A win over Arias, if I was to stop him would separate me from a Danny Jacobs, from a Gabriel Rosado, and it would make me stand out as a fighter that does something that no other fighter has done. I don’t want it to be a close fight, I want it to be just one sided and I want to win in spectacular fashion.”

Hurd on the 154 pound division

“I’m the best at 154, the world just hasn’t seen it yet, like I said I had a hiccup and some of the best fighters take a loss, but the loss is not just a loss it’s a learning lesson. Look at Canelo Alvarez right now. He took a loss to one of the best in the world, and now he’s the best in the world.”

Hurd on moving up to 160

“I’m 30 now and it’s getting harder to make 154, but I got to have a rematch with Julian Williams and my fight with Jermell (Charlo) before I move up to 160.”

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