A potential 154-pound unification fight between unified champion Jarrett Hurd and WBC champion Jermell Charlo will have to be put on hold after Hurd revealed he will have surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.
Hurd revealed on Twitter that he suffered a slightly torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder while he was preparing to fight Erislandy Lara on April 7. Hurd, then the IBF champion, defeated Lara by split decision to unify the WBA and IBF titles. Below is Hurd's tweet on his torn rotator cuff.
It has been more than two months since Hurd had defeated Lara to unify the WBA and IBF titles and with that period between now and the win over Lara comes some questions as to why get the surgery now and not earlier. Hurd explained in a subsequent post on Twitter why he's getting the surgery.
"I was getting cortisone shots. They started off lasting 2 1/2 to 3 months... training [so] much while not actually fixing the problem, I was damaging my shoulder more. The shots was only starting to last for a week. I had no choice but to fix it," Hurd said.
There's no timetable for his return and no idea as to who will be Hurd's first opponent after surgery. The WBA did order Hurd to fight Lara once more, but a fight was never agreed upon as Hurd was hinting at a possible fight against Charlo. Charlo recently retained his WBC title against Austin Trout on Showtime earlier this month and said in the post-fight interview he wanted to unify with Hurd.