Preview: Jarrett Hurd vs Julian Williams
By Jordan Victor
This weekend will see unified light middleweight champion Jarrett “Swift” Hurd defend his titles on home turf against rising contender Julian Williams. The IBF and WBA Super champion returns for the first time since his December defence on the Wilder vs Fury undercard against Brit Jason Welborn. Coming in with a stunning record of 23-0, Hurd will be looking to continue his winning ways, and regain the momentum of beating three former word titlist in a row. With the likes of former champions Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout on his resume. As well as current WBC champion Tony Harrison, all of whom have fell victim to the Maryland born fighter.
It seems like an impossible task to many but not to one man, and that is the man that will be standing across the ring from Hurd this Saturday. This man is Julian “J Rock” Williams, who holds a record of 22 wins with only one defeat. A former title challenger in his own right, Williams will be no stranger to the big stage. Having challenged Jermall Charlo in Dec 2016 for the IBF title that Hurd currently holds. Despite suffering a devastating knockout that night we have seen Williams rebuild his career emphatically perhaps, most notably with a win over former world champion Ishe Smith.
Both men will have to overcome adversity on Saturday night. As mentioned, it will be game time for Williams as he competes for the world title for the first time in nearly three years. But it will also be a huge test for Hurd, who is still taking things somewhat slowly having nursed a shoulder injury for much of 2018.Despite all of this, on Saturday night the fans should expect fireworks. Both fighters are coming off knockouts in their last fights, and will be looking to prove a point to the whole division.
Especially, as within the next month the WBC light-middleweight title will be on the line as Harrison defends his championship against Jermell Charlo. And also, the WBO title which was defended by Jaime Munguia in a very controversial win against Dennis Hogan. Whatever happens on Saturday night, expect the winner to call-out one of the two champions. As by the end of the year or early next, we could see the first undisputed light-middleweight champion in well over a decade (since Winky Wright in 2004).