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Saturday, 14 October 2017 13:25

Preview and prediction: Jarrett Hurd vs. Austin Trout for the IBF 154 pound championship

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Saturday, October 14, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, fight fans will be treated to an evening of world class prizefighting in the talent enriched, but often underappreciated Junior Middleweight division, which is slated to be broadcast on Showtime Championship Boxing with a start time of 10PM ET.

To moisten every interested boxing fan's palate, here is FightSaga.com's preview of the Showtime Triple-Header's 2nd featured contest of the evening:

Jarrett Hurd (20-0-0, 14 KOs) vs. Austin Trout (30-3-0, 17 KOs) for Hurd's IBF Junior Middleweight Championship

In this solid match-up of current versus former world champion, Trout should provide a pretty accurate litmus test as to how proficient or deficient Jarrett Hurd actually is as a current major title holder.

Leading into this battle of effective counter-punchers, the defending champ has put together an impressive streak of 6 consecutive KOs, including stoppages of Frank Galarza, Jo Jo Dan, Oscar Molina and Tony "Superbad" Harrison. Hurd combines athleticism, power and intelligence as he methodically picks apart his opposition to set up the eventual knock-out. There's a lot to like about the current champ, but he will be facing his toughest test to date this evening as he takes on former WBA title holder "No Doubt" Trout.

Although Austin has three losses on his impressive resume, he went the distance and was competitive against three elite 154 pound fighters, Canelo Alvarez, Jermall Charlo and Erislandy Lara.

The primary reason why the 32 year old fight veteran suffered losses to the aforementioned trio, is his inability to take the lead proficiently. Trout is one of the best matadors in boxing and can use the entire ring effectively while accurately countering his opponents as they come into firing range. He has fast hands, decent power, and good athleticism but seemingly has trouble when forced to adopt the role of aggressor.

If Hurd wants to keep his title this evening, he absolutely must not fall into the trap of following around a sharp-shooting counter puncher like Trout and stick to his gameplan of standing his ground and forcing the title challenger to move forward and make the fight happen...in other words, he has to make the challenger take the fight to him.

Prediction:
Expect Hurd to have trouble facing one of the best matadors in the fight game as he attempts to make a statement and elects to go after an aging, former champion. Close and competitive fight in your co-main event of the evening.

Hurd SD 12 over Trout