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Erislandy Lara says Jarrett Hurd first, then Jermell Charlo

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The longest reigning junior middleweight world champion Erislandy Lara 25-2-2 (14) is planning on cleaning out the 154-pound division once he gets past IBF champion Jarrett Hurd 21-0 (15) this Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, live on Showtime.

“Everyone knows I love to fight his style. I’ve fought better and taller fighters than him and you’ve seen me dominate them. It’s going to be nothing different on Saturday night,” said the 34-year-old Cuban southpaw, who holds the WBA “Super” championship at junior middleweight.

“I want him to come forward. That’s what I’m prepared for. I’m going to give him a lesson on Saturday night.

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“I have to give Hurd credit for taking the fight. It’s been hard to get fighters in the ring with me. There’s no need to talk because on Saturday we will find out everything we need to know.

“Everyone here talking from Hurd’s team can’t get in the ring with him. It’s different once you’re in the ring with me. You’ve never been in a big fight. We’ll find out what you have Saturday night. Right now, you’re all talk.

“I’m absolutely ready for this fight. This is going to be a great battle for the fans on SHOWTIME. I’m excited to get in the ring and finally unify the decision. I’m preparing to make history.

“I haven’t watched much video on Hurd, but as we saw from the Trout fight, he’s very hittable. Come Saturday night, he better have worked on some defense or it won’t last very long.

“I don’t want to hear anything about Jermell Charlo, because Jarrett Hurd is the one who stepped up. On Sunday, Charlo can sign the contract and we can get ready to rumble.”

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