Undefeated Justin Hurd Added To Non-Televised April 14
Card In National Harbor, Maryland
Undefeated junior middleweight, Justin Hurd has been added
to the non-televised undercard on Friday night, April 14th
at MGM National Harbor in National Harbor, Maryland, just
outside of Washington, D.C.
The ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader will feature
undefeated former Russian amateur standout Dmitry Bivol
(9-0, 7 KOs, 2-0 WSB) defending his interim WBA Light
Heavyweight Title against Samuel Clarkson (19-3, 12 KOs) in
the main event and a matchup of undefeated welterweights in
the co-feature, Juan Ruiz (18-0, 11 KOs) and Malik Hawkins
(10-0, 7 KOs) squaring off in an eight-round bout. Super
bantamweight prospect Glenn Dezurn will meet unbeaten
two-time national amateur champion Leroy Davila in the
eight-round telecast opener live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT)
Hurd of Accokeek, Maryland has a record of 2-0 with one
knockout, and is the brother of current IBF Junior
Middleweight champion, Jarrett Hurd.
The 23 year-old Justin Hurd had an 18 bout amateur career,
and like his brother, he is trained by Ernesto Rodriguez.
"My training has been great I have been staying ready, and I
am excited to fight at MGM National Harbor. I expect to have
a lot of fans at the fight," said Hurd.
Being around an accomplished brother, Hurd is grateful for
the success that Jarrett has achieved and has learned a lot
from the journey that garnered Jarrett a world title.
"Jarrett has opened a lot of doors, but when people see us
fight they will see that our styles our different. He has
power, and I go by the name of "Slick" Justin Hurd. I like
to use my combinations and I show my quickness."
That is a sentiment that trainer Rodriguez echoes.
"Justin is different then Jarrett. He uses hand-speed,
Jarrett uses his size. You will see that Justin fights in
much of the same manner of Meldrick Taylor, and he mixes in
some deceiving power," said Rodriguez. "Justin is electric,
and is calculating with good reflexes. He will be a force to
be reckoned with. He is fighting at 154 pounds now, but we
will slowly be taking him to 147."
Justin Hurd considers himself a real student of the game and
has followed the advice of both his big brother and trainer.
"What I have learned by watching Jarrett go through his run
is to listen to our trainers. I learned that my trainers
tell us what to do for good reason. With that in mind, I
just am ready to put on a show and am grateful to be added
to the card on April 14th."
Hurd joins Hasim Rahman, Jr., Ruben Villa and Michael
Dutchover on the non-televised undercard.