Fresh off his taking care of Ramon Alvarez for a piece the WBA Super Welterweight title, Erislandy Lara offered some boxing tips to rival Jarret Hurd.
In an interview with Boxingscene.com, Lara felt Hurd needs to work on his fundamentals.
“The reality is [Austin] Trout was beating [Hurd],” Lara said to BoxingScene.com through a translator. “I beat the sh*t out of him, but he had one knockdown and he got the victory. And Julian Williams looked like he really slammed the door on him. So, he really needs to get back to basics, get his defense right. If he wants to have a long career, the way I have, he’s gotta make a few adjustments. But I wish Jarrett Hurd the best with his career.”
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) September 4, 2019
Hurd and Lara squared off back in April of 2017 where Hurd won by knockout in the 12th round. This at the time made Hurd the unified IBF/WBA champion at 154 lbs before losing the titles earlier this year to Julian Williams in a great fight back in May. The rematch of that contest is slated for December 14th but nothing has been made official as of yet.
Lara continued in the interview that while Hurd can do whatever he chooses, that first he should start from square one.
“Any man is beatable,” Lara said to Boxingscene. “Anyone can win on any night, if you’re prepared mentally and physically. Now, it’s up to his team as to whether they wanna put him in another grueling fight after fighting me and Julian Williams, all these tough fights. If he wants to go back in it, that’s up to him. But I suggest the kid goes back to the drawing board, works on his defense and maybe takes a few fights in between, before he gets himself really hurt.”
Hurd has a new trainer in his corner for whenever the upcoming rematch s made official with Williams. We’ll see if that will make the difference in one of the most anticipated rematches in boxing.