By Xavier Porter | May 4, 2019

On Saturday, May 11, live from the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia, unified 154-pound world champion Jarrett Hurd takes on the tough and “always ready to fight” title contender Julian Williams.

Many believe that this fight is just another walk in the park for Hurd. I mean look at the difference in size, strength, speed, and athleticism between the two combatants. It’s the intangibles inside the ring that makes matchups such as these exciting to see.

For Hurd, the current WBA, IBF, and IBO Super Welterweight, he will be fighting in what is considered his back yard per say. A native of Accokeek, Maryland, this is Hurd’s first fight in the region since his 13th pro victory in 2014 that took place at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Returning home with three coveted world championships is a prestigious feat. Will he be able to rise to the occasion and put on another phenomenal performance against a man who’s as hungry as ever for world championship gold?

JARRETT HURD (23-0, 16 KOs)

“It was very important to fight at home because that’s what everyone has been asking for. I’m excited to have the opportunity and I can’t wait to step in the ring. All of my fights are classics. I know that ‘J-Rock’ has been watching me and that makes him dangerous. He’s coming in with a good game plan and we’ll see what it is on fight night.”

“Jermall Charlo is a big puncher and he landed some shots that got Julian out of there, but Julian was right in that fight. It was kind of back and forth action until Charlo landed those shots, but Charlo was hurt in that fight too.”

“The fighter that I am, I wanted to go out there and close the show against Erislandy Lara. I thought I was up, but it’s not in me to just go out and survive. I’m glad I did because it got me the win. I’m going to be victorious on May 11. I’m looking for a decisive win. I’m not saying I’m going to to get the stoppage, but it will be convincing that it went my way.”

“Tony Harrison beating Jermell Charlo definitely threw a monkey wrench into the plan coming off of surgery. I’m going to go after the WBC belt regardless of who has it, but first I have to take care of Julian.”

Williams, who in his lone defeat, challenged then IBF Super Welterweight Champion Jermall Charlo for the title. In that fight, he suffered a knockout loss.

The Philadelphia fighter Williams is as tough as they come. He wills surely bring his best to try and defeat the current champion, in hopes of accomplishing his lifetime goal of becoming a world champion.

JULIAN WILLIAMS (26-1-1, 16 KOs)

“I’m not Erislandy Lara, I’m going to fight a completely different fight than he did. I’m going to do whatever I have to do to win. That’s the kind of fighter Hurd is, so that’s the kind of fighter I have to be.”

“I think I’m going to win in a classic. We’re probably going to have to do it a second time it’ll be so good. My motivation are those two belts on the line. Any kind of fight with Harrison or Charlo and Hurd has nothing to do with me. I’m focused on what I have to do.”

“I had to get over the loss quick. You can’t dwell on that. Am I going to mope? No, it’s whose up next? I can’t even put it into words how hungry I am.”

“Hurd is definitely a really exciting fighter. He gives that extra each fight, but I’ve seen some things. I have a way of wearing guys down myself. I wore Nathaniel Gallimore down fighting off my front foot and I think I’ll do the same to Hurd.”

“I don’t know if there will be extra pressure on him fighting at home. You have to ask him. I know when I fight at home I don’t feel any extra pressure. When the bell rings, a fight is a fight.”

JARRETT HURD VS. JULIAN WILLIAMS FIGHT WEEK MEDIA SCHEDULE – Events Begin Thursday with Final Press Conference

Thursday, May 9 – 6:00 p.m. – FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE

  • Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington, D.C.
  • 300 Army Navy Drive; Arlington, VA 22202
  • 6:00 p.m. – Media Arrival/ “Dinner on the Champ”
  • 7:00 p.m. – Press Conference Begins

Friday, May 10

  • 12:00 p.m. – OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN
  • Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington, D.C.
  • 300 Army Navy Drive; Arlington, VA 22202
  • 12:00 p.m. – Media Arrival
  • 12:30 p.m. – Weigh-In Begins

Saturday, May 11

  • 4500 Patriot Circle; Fairfax, VA 22030


Hurd vs. Williams pits IBF and WBA 154-pound world champion Jarrett Hurd against top contender Julian Williams in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, May 11 from EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.

Unbeaten super lightweight contender Mario “El Azteca” Barrios battles Argentina’s Juan “The Pitbull” Jose Velasco in a 10-round fight and middleweight contender Matt Korobov clashes with Immanuwel Aleem in a 10-round bout as part of televised action beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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