Super welterweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd (17-0-0, 11 Kos) of Accokeek, Maryland will be facing the 2012 Olympian, Oscar Molina (13-0-1, 10 Kos) of Norwalk, California on the undercard of Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter on June 25, 2016 at the very up and coming popular boxing venue of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Pattee Mak: Thanks so much for taking the time to interview me. I’m sure you are extremely busy since your bout is only a few weeks away. Who is currently training you and what have you and your trainers been focusing on during camp in preparation of this bout?
Hurd: You’re welcome Pattee. I’m currently being trained by “Ernesto Rodriguez” who is the head trainer of team SWIFT. Also we have assistant coach “Billy Robin”, physician “Dr. Phillip Ragland” and strength & conditioning coach “Martin Gibson” who also plays a big part with preparation. Our main focus on this camp is keeping distance. Trying not to engage in any unnecessary exchanges.
Pattee Mak: Yes. it appears that there is a reach difference of about 6 inches between the two of you. You having the increase. I would assume that that you will be using this to your advantage the night of the fight. Besides that advantage what other advantages do you believe you have if any?
Hurd: I also have a height advantage and I believe I’m the harder puncher. This will play a huge part in my fight game come the 25th.
Pattee Mak: What will be your game plan come the 25th? Are you going in patient and concentrating on timing or get in and get out?
Hurd: Well we are going to play it by ear. Depending on how Molina comes out. We will make our adjustment based of him behind a nice stiff jab.
Pattee Mak: What do you know about Molina’s style of fighting?
Hurd: He’s pretty much a counter puncher. Most of the time he sits back and waits for his opponent to punch first before he attacks. Also he LOVE to throw the left hook. He may even lead with it from time to time. His punches are pretty crisp and sharp, nice hand speed. His weaknesses are he tends to sit back and wait too long which can cause me to get my punches off first and he doesn’t jab enough.
Pattee Mak: Is this an 8 or 10 round bout and the contract weight?
Hurd: This is a 10 rounder and the contracted weight is at 154lbs +1.
Pattee Mak: For this bout do you see yourself not making the contract weight?
Hurd: Of course not. I make weight fairly easy. Weight loss is never an issue with team SWIFT. We have a script that we follow and so far it been working for us.
Pattee Mak: Tell me a little bit about your amateur boxing back ground.
Hurd: I had 40 amateur fights. With a record of 32 wins – 8 loses. I won the DC Golden Gloves two years in a row (2007 and 2008). I entered the “Last Chance” tournament to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Team but fell short. Shortly after that I turned professional.
Pattee Mak: After this fight what are your plans?
Hurd: Getting back in the gym and training. My fights are only going to get tougher from here on out. I’m ranked #9 in the nation by Boxrec, #10 in the world by the IBF and #11 by the WBA, so I know something big is coming soon.
Pattee Mak: Don’t you just love it when you know things are moving in the right direction.
Pattee Mak: How did you get your ring name “Swift”?
Hurd: It was given to me in the gym. I guess from my fighting style and how relaxed I look in the ring.
Pattee Mak: Recently Muhammad Ali passed away. He was an inspiration to the boxing community. Any words?
Hurd: Ali was really the G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time). He done so much for this sport. Most importantly he inspired people, including me.
Pattee Mak: Comments to your fans.
Hurd: Thank you for all the love and support you guys give me. Y’all are the reason I fight today. Without you all tuning in, I wouldn’t have anyone to display my talent in front of.
Pattee Mak: Thank you sooo much for the interview. Good luck to you on the 25th.
Hurd: No problem. Thank you also Pattee. I really appreciate it.
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