Erislandy Lara and Jarrett Hurd will square off in a title-unification match on April 7 from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas live on Showtime.
Lara, the longest reigning 154-pound champion, and Hurd, who holds the IBF title, will battle for the super welterweight crown.
Also, super middleweight champion Caleb Truax defends his IBF title against James DeGale. The two first meet in 2017 with Truax scoring the belt in London.
“This is an action-packed card from top to bottom. The televised card features boxers who all have something significant to gain with a victory,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “The winner of Lara-Hurd will be one step closer to becoming the undisputed 154-pound world champion. In a rematch, Truax gets to re-affirm his position as champion and DeGale has a chance to regain his world championship status. This is the kind of show that keeps fans on the edge of their seats.”
The 34-year-old Lara is 25-2-2 with 14 knockouts to his credit. He won the belt in 2013 with a finish of Alferdo Angulo, defending his seven times since.
“I’m very excited and motivated for this fight and to once again be headlining on the best network in boxing on SHOWTIME, is truly a pleasure,” said Lara. “I look forward to adding another belt to my collection on April 7 and to proving that I’m the best 154-pound fighter out there. Everyone tune-in because you don’t want to miss this unification. It’s going to be a legendary night and one for the history books.”
Hurd (21-0) has finished 15 of his 21 opponents, including a win over Austin Trout last October in his first title defense.
“I plan on being the aggressor for the entire fight, so I’ve been doing some exercises and working on techniques to improve my foot work so that I can stay on top of Erislandy Lara,” said Hurd. “We are not trying to go to the scorecards, so hopefully, I can be the first man to stop him, which I hope to do in the later rounds.
“I called him out, and now, it has come to pass that I get to become a unified champion against the man everyone considers to be the best and most feared in the division, and that’s Erislandy Lara.”