Jarrett ‘Swift’ Hurd will get a chance to test the middleweight waters in his next fight, though a full-blown divisional run is not yet in the cards.
The former unified junior middleweight titlist is taking a one-off fight at middleweight, where he will face Milwaukee’s Luis Arias. The fight serves as part of a four-fight Showtime Pay-Per-View event headlined by Hall of Fame former five-division champ Floyd Mayweather (50-0, 27KOs) and YouTube star Logan Paul (0-1), which takes place June 6 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Hurd plans to immediately drop back down in weight, with the intention of reclaiming his old belts.
“I have to focus on the task at hand. Not look past Luis Arias but probably the biggest matchup out there is me and Jermell Charlo,” Hurd insisted while discussing the June 6 PPV. “We have our own personal issues outside the sport of boxing.
“It’s just something I want to handle before moving on to 160.”
Hurd (24-1, 16KOs) has fought just once since losing his WBA/IBF/IBO titles to Julian ‘J-Rock’ Williams in May 2019. The lone post-title reign fight came last January when the former champ from Accokeek, Maryland outpointed Francisco ‘Chia’ Santana over 10 rounds at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the untimely passing of his father left Hurd out of the ring for more than a year, though time to continue to bond with new head trainer Kay Koroma.
The decision to face Arias (18-2-1, 9KOs) at middleweight—coupled with Hurd’s massive frame—created the misconception of a permanent move up in weight. That day will eventually come, though not without attempting to avenge his lone career defeat, along with the intention to face the winner of the July 17 undisputed junior middleweight championship between Charlo (34-1, 18KOs; WBC/WBA/IBF titles) and WBO titlist Brian Castano (17-0, 12KOs). Whatever the order, Hurd plans to stick around long enough to fit it all into his schedule.
“I got too much unfinished business at 154,” insists Hurd. “I want to get my belts back. I still have my rematch and revenge with Julian Williams.
“After my loss, I was eager to get back in the ring. I don’t like fighting once a year and taking these long layoffs. The layoffs… it wasn’t up to me. It happened. I just feel good and am glad to be back in the ring (on June 6).”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox