By Xavier Porter | May 12, 2019

Philadelphia’s Julian Williams went into the lion’s den and was able to dethrone the “King of the 154lb Division” in Jarret Hurd, winning a unanimous decision (116-111 and 115-112 twice). With the win, Williams (27-1-1, 16 KOs) walked away with the IBF, IBO, and WBA Super Welterweight Championship belts.

In a packed EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA, it was Hurd (23-1, 16 KOs) who took the first loss of his career after being pressured and countered all throughout the fight.

Both men stood toe-to-toe, exchanging heavy blows. Williams appeared to have the better game plan as he took away the reach of Hurd and closed the distance, taking the fight on the inside. Hurd’s response: fight until the bell rings.

The crowd and the primetime audience, which tuned in to FOX and FOX Deportes, witnessed a valiant performance from both Williams and Hurd in what will certainly be a “Fight of the Year’’ candidate.

Williams, who scored a second round knockdown on Hurd, was extremely emotional after the win:

“The only people that believed in me were my team, but all I can say is ‘and the new’!”

“I am just overwhelmed. This is such a great feeling. I outclassed him. I am one of the best fighters in the world. Maybe I wasn’t ready for the title the first time I got the shot. I took the loss. I took it like a man and the whole world doubted me. I went into this fight a five to one underdog.’’

“This is a dream come true. I have been waiting for this for years. I never ditched the gym. I never got into girls or left the gym. I am from the streets, but I was never in the streets. I was in the gym practicing my craft.”

“He wasn’t easier to hit than I thought. He was crafty and he had heavy hands. I just stayed poised. I listened to my coach and I just worked. He couldn’t hurt me. I saw everything he was throwing. I knocked him down. The game plan was to win however I could. I adapted on the fly. We knew he had certain tendencies and worked on his tendencies. ‘’

Hurd shared his thoughts on the fight, in the most modest and humble manner:

“It didn’t really change my strategy. It was just a flash knockdown. It caught me by surprise. I wasn’t really hurt.”

“I wasn’t able to get off. I can’t really call it right now. I have to go back and watch. I was loading up on my shots instead of just letting my hands go. J-Rock was just the better man tonight. There’s definitely a rematch clause in our contract and I’m going to go for it. I’m going to come back better than I was tonight.’’

With a supposed rematch clause in place, we can expect more fireworks in the second coming of this much talked about “Fighter of the Year” candidate.

All photos courtesy of:

  • Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions
  • Leo Wilson/PBC

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