Jurado (12-3) continued to charge at Zuhdi (16-1) in the second and third rounds. The Panamanian wasn't giving an inch to the hometown kid who also holds the title as USA Oklahoma lightweight champion.
“He hurt me throughout the fight,” Zuhdi said. “He's real strong. He hit me with great shots to the body.”
But this was a fight Zuhdi thirsted for, and he wasn't going to give up.
“I wanted this fight,” he said. “I wanted to fight the best. You want to go toe-to-toe. This is why I sacrificed what I sacrificed.”
Coming out of a clinch in the seventh round, Zuhdi stunned Jurado with a right hand and finished the round with a flurry to Jurado's midsection.
Zuhdi used his reach to his advantage, banging away at Jurado's head with jab-cross combinations.
Jurado's feet slowed, and Zuhdi looked like the better conditioned fighter. He relied on his fundamentals — hands held high, working behind his jab — to frustrate Jurado.
“What he showed tonight is what I saw during camp, that he's matured as a fighter and he's stronger in his mind,” Wood said.