By Raymundo Dioses
De Loach Wins Vacant USBA Super Welterweight Title
Justin De Loach needed only two rounds to dispatch Chris Pearson in a minor-upset that occurred on the undercard of a Mayweather Promotions fight card from The Pechanga in Temecula, California on February 24, 2017.
De Loach, (17-1, 9KO) knocked Pearson to the canvas twice in round two, with Pearson taking the full count following the second knockdown as De Loach notched a KO win at 2:30 in round two.
With the win De Loach picks up the vacant USBA super welterweight title.
Hurd Wins Vacant IBF Super Welterweight Title
Jarrett Hurd fought Tony Harrison for the vacant IBF super welterweight title at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama on February 25, 2017 and after a slow start and many competitive back and forth rounds, was able to drop and stop Harrison in round eight.
“I did it! Tony Harrison was a tough opponent. We knew he would use a lot of movement in the fight. The game plan was to wear him down as the fight wore on. One thing I do well is keep my composure. We knew landing shots to the body and keeping the pressure on him was going to eventually break him down,” said Hurd.
Hurd, (20-0, 14KO) is now the IBF’s newest champion. The title became vacant a few weeks before the bout after former champion Jermall Charlo, who won the belt in 2015 and made three successful defenses, made the decision to vacate and move up to the middleweight division.