Former unified 154-pounder Jarrett Hurd will be flinging punches once again.
In an Instagram post published on his account several days ago, Hurd, of Accokeek, Maryland, signaled his intention to resume his career, saying he needed to step away from the sport for an extended period of time in order to take care of personal issues.
“Took some time off from the sport, really needed it to fully [grieve] over the [loss] of my father,” Hurd wrote. “He had a big impact on me with this sport. During this time allow[ed] my body to rest, changed my eating habits and opened up 3 businesses. I’ll be back sometime this year.
Added Hurd, “One thing that life has taught me … before you take a win, you have to take a thousand losses. #TheReturn.”
The 32-year-old Hurd, who once held the IBF and WBA junior middleweight titles, last fought in June 2021, in which he suffered a mild upset to Luis Arias in a 10-round middleweight bout. It was a disappointing outcome for a fighter who, not long ago, was regarded as the “bogeyman” of the 154-pound class. A pressure fighter with counterpunching ability and imposing size, Hurd made a name for himself by consistently being involved in entertaining fights.
Hurd (24-2, 16 KOs) first became a player at 154 when he stopped then undefeated Frank Galarza in 2015.
In 2017, he won the IBF 154-pound title with a ninth-round stoppage of Tony Harrison. Hurd followed up that performance with a 10th-round knockout of Austin Trout.
In 2018, Hurd added the WBA strap to his wares with a split decision win over Erislandy Lara in a 12-round barnburner that became a Fight of the Year contender.
Hurd ended up losing his titles to Julian Williams, in their 2019 unification bout, by unanimous decision in Hurd’s own backyard. Thereafter, Hurd suffered from inactivity and an apparent decline in his abilities.