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Des Pond
07 Apr 18 14:38
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For the IBF, IBO and WBA Titles, this is a much more intruiging contest than the Truax- Degale fight. The clever and skillful Cuban, Lara will probably dominate the early rounds working behind his text-book southpaw jab and using his superior footwork and hand speed. Hurd however, is massive at the weight, has a huge height advantage and lots of power and a particularly heavy right uppercut. I can see this fight going one of two ways. Either Lara will outmanoeuvre Hurd for the first 8 or 9 rounds, then get on his bike and coast to a fairly clear points victory. Or Hurd will start to hunt him down relentlessly from about the 9th round onwards, wear him down and eventually land the big one and take the 35 year-old out. It is the biggest test so far for the unbeaten Hurd, and I wouldn't rule out a stoppage in his favour. However, I think that Lara is worth a bet at the odds to trade out after he has established  a clear lead on points. Lara is in great condition for his age and has never been stopped, although he has been down once or twice. The winner is likely to look for a fight with Charlo.
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Report tobermory April 8, 2018 12:52 AM BST
Hurd will have the judges with him for sure.

Big fight Hurd v Charlo, not so much Lara v anyone.
Report tobermory April 8, 2018 5:50 AM BST
Is this on now ?
Report tobermory April 8, 2018 5:52 AM BST
I see it is. Way too late since we put the clocks forward.
Report Geesyerdosh April 8, 2018 5:52 AM BST
Yes. In round 3. Lara more skilful and faster hands but Hurd just keeps coming
Report p_r_e_m_i_e_r__f_a_n_t_a_s_y April 8, 2018 11:30 AM BST
Hurd v Charlo surely next Grin
Report Des Pond April 8, 2018 2:13 PM BST
I haven't seen it yet, but I'm told it was a great fight. Bad luck for Lara, but Hurd is more like a Light Heavyweight, than a super Welterweight. So, no disgrace. Sounds as though the Knockdown in the last round probably sealed it for Hurd.
Report Geesyerdosh April 8, 2018 6:05 PM BST
Was a fantastic fight, Lara gave everything but as you say Hurd is a monster size wise and doesn't stop coming forward. Lara just couldn't keep him off. Thought Hurd won by a couple so was quite surprised that without the knockdown he would of lost.
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