Luis Arias Beats Jarrett Hurd On Mayweather-Paul Undercard

Before the eighth spherical of Luis Arias’s middleweight bout in opposition to Jarrett Hurd, coach Ismael Salas advised his fighter the important thing to sealing a victory in opposition to a much bigger, stronger opponent.

Don’t again up. At all.

Arias, a 30-year-old former prospect who entered Sunday on a three-fight winless streak, had already adopted that blueprint, tattooing Hurd with overhand rights and left hooks to the physique within the early rounds. Hurd, a former super-welterweight champion, didn’t essentially thoughts the bout unfolding that approach early. He constructed a fame and a résumé profitable by attrition, taking punishment early and overwhelming drained opponents late, and Hurd surged within the center rounds by transferring ahead.

But he additionally spent lengthy stretches making an attempt to field tactically, whereas Arias potshotted him with overhand rights. The remaining three rounds, the smaller Arias moved ahead greater than he retreated, outworking Hurd, and profitable a break up choice. One choose had Arias profitable seven rounds, and one other had him profitable six. A 3rd choose gave 5 rounds to Hurd, however awarded Hurd an additional level when Arias went down on a rain-slicked ring and the referee scored it a knockdown.

Arias improves his file to 19-2-1. Hurd is now 24-2.