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Tony Harrison: I Got More KOs Than Hurd's Got Fights

Tony Harrison isn't belittling Jarrett Hurd but he considers himself a lot more seasoned than his opponent.

The 26 year old Harrison has 20 KOs in 24 wins while Hurd has 19 wins in 19 bouts. On Saturday, the two collide for the IBF Junior middleweight title which was vacated after Jermall Charlo moved up in weight class.

Harrison is the IBF's #2 ranked contender and has successfully rebounded after suffering his only pro loss to Willie Nelson in 2015. Hurd meanwhile is the #3 guy and is coming off stoppages of Frank Galarza, Oscar Molina and JoJo Dan. But despite Hurd's recent impressive run, Harrison says Hurd isn't the fighter he is advertised to be:

“To be honest, man, even the guys he’s fought against – I take nothing from Jarrett. I got up for Jarrett. So don’t think that I didn’t get up for him. I got up for him probably more than I got up for everybody else. I’m probably in the best shape than when I’ve been fighting anybody else. But statistically standing, he just fought Jo Jo Dan, who was a naturally smaller guy. He got touched up. He fought Oscar Molina, who may be an Olympian, but wasn’t credible to his resume, fighting anybody, you know, besides Domonique Dolton. And then he fought Frank Galarza. You know what I mean? "


Added Harrison:

“He’s been built up on other guys that they had questions about. The fights that Jarrett Hurd won, which were reasonable opponents – very, very, very, very reasonable. So I’m not discrediting anything he’s done. They put him in front of them, he beat ‘em. He earned his shot, just like I did. So very, very credible guys. But to my point, man, I think Jarrett Hurd wasn’t even the No. 3 guy. They bumped him up to No. 3. So he didn’t earn it." 

As for him fighting Hurd, Harrison had this to say:

"I think my advantage is he hasn’t fought nobody this fast, this strong and this smart. Man, I’m gonna show this guy how seasoned I am. I’m so seasoned. They don’t realize that I have more knockouts than this guy have fights. You know what I mean? So, for me, my confidence is at an all-time high fighting a guy like Jarrett Hurd."

Harrison vs. Hurd is the co-main event of Saturday's event in Birmingham, Alabama featuring the return of WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder who will be defending the belt against Gerald Washington. The Wilder-Washington and Harrison-Hurd bouts are part of the Throwdown Scorin mobile app's upcoming boxing schedule. Make your fight predictions for the bout using Throwdown Scoring. Download the app now for FREE!!!