Jarrett Hurd Training Camp Quotes
Former unified 154-pound champion “Swift” Jarrett Hurd
shared his thoughts on his ring return taking place
Saturday, January 25 against Francisco Santana live on
SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™,
in a Premier Boxing Champions event.
"This fight isn’t about making a statement,” said Hurd. “I
just want to get the win and fight a great fight. I’m going
to remind the boxing world what it’s like when I bring a
storm to Brooklyn.”
The January 25 co-main event will be Hurd’s first fight with
new trainer Kay Koroma. While Koroma trains fighters at the
Alexandria Boxing Club in Virginia, not far from Hurd’s
Maryland home, he is also an assistant coach for the USA
amateur boxing team, having helped various boxers win
"Camp has been going great with my new trainer Kay Koroma,”
said Hurd. “We’ve been working on a lot of head movement and
jabs. We’re strictly focused on boxing and working on all
the areas where I have room to grow. He’s really opened my
eyes to a lot of things.”
For the Accokeek, Maryland native, this will be his first
fight training outside of his home area as a pro fighter. He
has been in Colorado Springs training since January 2 and
has experienced both the positives and negatives of camp
away from home.
"The positives are that there’s literally nothing to focus
on out here except boxing,” said Hurd. “No distractions at
all. The only negative is you can get homesick. I miss my
girlfriend and my family. Also, I just got a new puppy named
‘Bolt’ and I miss my little guy too."
Hurd will be fighting again after losing his WBA and IBF
154-pound titles in May 2019 against Julian Williams. It was
one of the most exciting fights of last year, and one that
Hurd will hope to be running back soon, after a victory on
“The rematch with Julian Williams is what I always wanted,”
said Hurd. “I had no intentions of moving up in weight.
Unfortunately, the rematch just couldn’t happen sooner
because of my circumstances.”
For his first fight back, Hurd will be facing a tough
veteran in Francisco Santana, one who has faced other top
154-pounders, including Williams and Jermell Charlo, and who
always comes forward and brings the fight to his opponent.
If Hurd is unprepared, it will show against his
“We just wanted a matchup to get back in the groove of
things,” said Hurd. “I’ve been inactive for the better part
of the last year. Santana being a smaller fighter, he will
stay close and try to outwork me. I know he’s coming to win,
so I’m not thinking about anyone but Francisco Santana.
We’re going to work behind strategy and skills to get the