Jarret Hurd vs. Oscar Molina results
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) By Jim Dower: Unbeaten #10 WBA junior middleweight contender Jarret Hurd (18-0, 12 Kos) stayed unbeaten in stopping #10 WBC Oscar Molina (13-1-1, 10 KOs) by a controversial 10th round knockout on Saturday night on the undercard of the Keith “One Time” Thurman vs. Shawn Porter card on Premier Boxing Champions on CBS from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Hurd, 25, hurt Molina with a series of short punches in the 10th round. Referee Ricky Gonzalez then stopped in and halted the fight with Molina still on his feet and trying to fight back. It looked like a premature stoppage. However, Hurd was ahead of the fight at the stoppage of the stoppage, so he would have won even if the fight had gone to the cards. The official time of the stoppage was 2:02 of the 10th round.
Hurd looked good for the most part. He was throwing a lot of punches and getting hit a lot. There wasn’t much in the way of defense for the fight. Hurd didn’t look particularly powerful compared to some of the other top junior middleweights in the dvision, but his high work rate made it difficult for Molina. Hurd has very similar fighting style as Willie Nelson. It’s unclear whether Hurd will be able to compete with the better 154lb fighters like Jermell Charlo, Jermall Charlo, Erislandy Lara, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Demetrius Andrade. Those guys seem to have power than Hurd and better hand speed in most cases.
Hurd connected on 275 of 744 punches for a connect percentage of 37. Molina landed 126 of 376 punches for a connect percentage of 34.
In other boxing action on the card, female featherweight Heather Hardy (17-0, 4 KOs) defeated Kirstie Simmons (8-2) by an eight round decision. The final judges’ scores were 79-73, and 78-74 and 78-74.
Light heavyweight David Benavidez (15-0, 14 KOs) defeated Francy Ntetu (16-1, 3 KOs) by a 7th round knockout. The fight was stopped with Ntetu still on his feet and fighting back.
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Regis Prograis TKO 4 Luis Florez
Josue Vargas UD 4 Ryan Picou
Nicklaus Flaz TKO 1 Mack Babb
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