Jarrett Hurd vs Austin Trout Preview Oct. 14th
Unbeaten IBF Jr. Middleweight Champion Jarrett Hurd of Maryland, USA will be defending his title against former world champ Austin Trout of Las Cruces, New Mexico at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York this Saturday, October 14th. The 12-round bout can be seen live on Showtime in the U.S. While fans in the UK can catch the action on Sky Sports. Hurd won the vacant title in his last fight in February when he stopped Tony Harrison in the ninth round. Meanwhile, Trout hasn’t fought since May of last year when he dropped a unanimous decision to Jermall Charlo in an IBF title fight.
Hurd vs Trout Betting Odds
Here are the winner odds from online sportsbook 5dimes.eu
- Austin Trout +170
- Jarrett Hurd -230
The 32-year-old Trout is a southpaw needs a win badly here if he hopes to prove he’s still one of the top 154 lb. boxers in the world. He’ll climb into the ring with a record of 30-3 with 17 Kos. He had won four bouts in a row until meeting Charlo and since being beaten in consecutive unanimous decisions by Saul Alvarez and Erislandy Lara in 2013. Trout’s best wins were unanimous decisions over Delvin Rodriguez and then Miguel Cotto at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2012.
His four-fight winning streak was mainly against Grade B opponents in Daniel Dawson, Luis Grajeda, Luis Galarza, and Joey Hernandez, but he passed all of those tests with relative ease. Trout had problems with Lara’s style, but usually looks good against skilled opponents. He’s an experienced boxer who’s fought 215 rounds since turning pro in 2005 and has a somewhat frustrating counter-punching style. His current knockout ratio stands at 52 per cent.
Trout stands just over 5-feet-9-inches tall and has a reach of 72 inches. He has a solid chin to go along with average power and usually wins decisions due to his somewhat frustrating style. However, he appears to be on the downside of his career now. On the other side of the coin, the 27-year-old Hurd should be entering his prime. He enters the bout with a perfect record of 20-0 with 14 Kos. However, he’s moving up in class by meeting Trout.
Hurd turned pro back in 2012 and has 88 rounds of experience since then. He’s managed to beat opponents such as Harrison, Ionut Dan Ion, Oscar Molina, Frank Galarza and Eric Mitchell, so he’s definitely facing his stiffest test as a pro in Trout. What Hurd has going for him right now though is better-than-average power as he has a current knockout ratio of 70 per cent. He also has quite a size advantage since he’s 6-feet-1-inch tall with a reach of 76.5 inches. This gives him a 4.5-inch reach and a 3.5-inch height advantage over Trout.
Even though Hurd has a significant size advantage as well as power, he’s facing a guy in Trout who has a solid chin, plenty of experience and an awkward style. This is Trout’s best chance to regain a world title and vault himself back into contention for some big-money matchups. Hurd is unproven at this point and this fight will let us know if he’s the real deal. However, I think I’ll go with Trout in a mild upset here.
I’ll give Trout the benefit if the doubt here.
Play: Trout +170 @ 5dimes.eu
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