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The Maryland native and his trainer believed that one day "Swift" would become a unified world champion ... and that was just part of their prophecy.

For Jarrett Hurd and his trainer, Ernesto Rodriguez, 2018 was all about fulfilling a prophecy.

Rodriguez, a self-described highly religious man, had promised Hurd that one day he would become a unified world champion.

That day came on April 7 when Hurd unified the 154-pound division with a hard-earned 12-round split-decision victory over Erislandy Lara in an all-action fight at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

“It was a tough one, but I went out there and did exactly what I said I was going to do — fight all 12 rounds and get the victory,” said Hurd, who scored a knockdown in the final minute of the bout—which was just the seventh title unification in division history.

“I didn't feel like that (I needed the knockdown). I feel like I was in control the whole fight, applying the pressure.”

Prior to the bout with Lara, Hurd had torn his rotator cuff during training. Living up to his nickname of “Swift,” Hurd underwent successful arthroscopic surgery in June and was back in the ring by December.

It took a little time to warm up in his return outing, but Hurd got going and successfully defended both is IBF and WBA titles with a fourth-round KO against James Welborn of the United Kingdom in the co-main event to the Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury heavyweight blockbuster.

“I’m just coming off surgery so I wanted to see how I worked off the jab,” Hurd said. “I felt good I was working behind the jab I got caught on the ropes and got caught with some shots and said ‘that’s enough. He got enough TV time.’ I heard the crowd and I didn’t want to get brave. So I turned it up and got the knockdown.​"​

While Hurd’s prophetic 2018 earned him the PBC’s Fighter of the Year award over notable contenders like Deontay Wilder, Mikey Garcia, Shawn Porter, Gervonta Davis and Errol Spence Jr.—the native of Accokeek, Maryland promised even bigger goals lie ahead in 2019 and beyond.

 “We definitely want Charlo,” Hurd told SHOWTIME reporter Jim Gray, after the Welborn fight. “I’m calling the shots. I’m No. ​1​ right now. When I say answer the phone, answer the phone. I got the date.”

After all, becoming a unified world champion was only part of his trainer’s prophecy.

For a closer look at Jarrett Hurd, check out his fighter page.

For all of the year-end honors, visit our Best of PBC 2018 page.

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It’s no secret that Danny Garcia and his father, Angel, come in the same package. Not only that, they're pretty darn funny when they're around each other.

Since Danny was 10, Angel has been by his side professionally as his primary coach, and has shaped Danny into the fighter he is today. Danny cites Angel Garcia as being his biggest inspiration in and out of the ring.

Danny and Angel spend the majority of their time together, hanging out, dancing and doing hilarious things, most of which become social media gold. Here are the top moments Danny and Angel Garcia proved they are one of the best father-son duos in sports:

7. That time Angel tried to climb a rope ladder

I bet him 1k he couldn't do it

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At a local fair, Danny bet Angel $1,000 he couldn’t climb a rope ladder. Angel accepted. Hilarity ensued. 

6. The year Angel had the best Father’s Day

Pops out here coolin #FathersDay #TeamDSG

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Angel loves dancing, singing and basically doing silly things in front of the camera. This gem was filmed on Father’s Day. How appropriate.

5. The #TBT to end all #TBTs

#TBT me and pops it's been a long journey and we just getting started!

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This is a rare shot of Angel chiseling Danny into a great champion. At the ripe age of 10, Danny and Angel already shared a close bond—only they knew where this moment would lead.

4. The moment the Garcias won Vine

Angel Garcia made his debut on the social media site Vine last February, making for instant father-son social media gold.

3. Any time Danny teases Pops 

Teasing my pop cause he couldn't get the words right to the commercial

A video posted by Danny Swift Garcia (@dannyswiftgarcia) on

Danny and Angel Garcia are also known for the business prowess. The DSG brand has created the family an empire both in and outside of the ring for no other reason than their hard work, dedication and business acumen when taking on new ventures. However, Danny doesn’t like taking things too seriously—even at Angel’s expense. 

2. When the Garcias owned the new year

Pops dancing his way into 2015! #TeamDSG

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2015 is going to be a big year for Danny. So what better way to start off the new year with an Angel Garcia dance-off?

And...the top social media moment that shows why the Garcias are the top father-son duo in sports:

Let's get it

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What's better than this? A father and son getting it done in the ring.

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Hector Luis Garcia, Five Best 140-Pounders Today

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The unbeaten 130-pound champion discusses his upcoming mega-bout versus Gervonta "Tank" Davis on Saturday, January 7.

Undefeated WBA 130-pound World Champion Hector Luis Garcia joins The PBC Podcast this week to discuss his tremendous 2022 and tells fans they had better be prepared for another surprise when he faces boxing superstar Gervonta "Tank" Davis on Saturday, January 7, on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View from Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Also, hosts Kenneth Bouhairie and Michael Rosenthal list their top five 140-pounders today and more. 

For a closer look at Hector Luis Garcia, check out his fighter page. 

The PBC Podcast is a weekly boxing show featuring timely analysis and interviews with the sport’s biggest figures. The show is published every Wednesday on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spreaker and other outlets. Alternatively, listeners can find The PBC Podcast on the PBC website at www.premierboxingchampions.com/podcast.

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Rivera implies that he is levels above Frank Martin ahead of their showdown Saturday, December 17 on PBC on SHOWTIME. Plus, more on the return of Gervonta "Tank" Davis.

Unbeaten lightweight contender Michel Rivera is this week's guest on The PBC Podcast. The ultra-confident Rivera breaks down his showdown versus fellow unbeaten rising 135-pounder Frank Martin Saturday, December 17 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas in a Premier Boxing Champions headliner live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

Plus, hosts Kenneth Bouhairie and Michael Rosenthal discuss the return of Gervonta "Tank" Davis and, in this week's Toe to Toe segment, list the five greatest performances of Davis' career. 

For a closer look at Michel Rivera, check out his fighter page. 

The PBC Podcast is a weekly boxing show featuring timely analysis and interviews with the sport’s biggest figures. The show is published every Wednesday on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spreaker and other outlets. Alternatively, listeners can find The PBC Podcast on the PBC website at www.premierboxingchampions.com/podcast.

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