Hurd: Not Overlooking Williams, But I'm on a Different Level

Undefeated Jarrett Hurd will defend his world super welterweight titles against fellow American Julian Williams on May 11 in suburban Washington, promoters announced Thursday.

Hurd, hoping to become an undisputed champion, owns the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association titles and stopped current World Boxing Council champion Tony Harrison in the ninth round in a 2017 fight.

Hurd, 23-0 with 16 knockouts, stopped compatriot Tony Harrison in 2017 for the IBF crown and defends it for the fourth time. He took the WBA belt from US southpaw Erislandy Lara by split decision last year and defended both last December by knocking out Britain's Jason Welborn.

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Williams, 26-1-1, fights his fellow 28-year-old in hopes of stretching his win streak to five bouts since his lone loss, which came in his only prior world title bout, a knockout loss to Jermall Charlo in December 2016.

The bout will be staged in Fairfax, Virginia, near Hurd's hometown fans.

"I couldn't be happier to be fighting at home for the first time as a champion," Hurd said. "Julian Williams is a tough opponent and I don't see him as a stepping stone. He's crafty, technical and fundamentally sound.

"I want to go out and get a decisive win and show that I'm on a different level than everybody else in the division."

Williams can realize his career dream of a world title with a triumph.

"I'm looking forward to putting on an exciting fight," Williams said. "And most importantly winning those titles and showing the world that I'm the best in the 154-pound division."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Drigo on 03-23-2019

Now Hurd start to fight pedicab driver. Who is this Williams?

Comment by Andre_parker1 on 03-23-2019

hope all road leads to hurd Vs charlo, he stopped harrison already

Comment by Nusky on 03-23-2019

[QUOTE=jmrf4435;19608584]The level where a club fighter from England half your size almost stopped you? The level where yo are a complete weight bully? The level where you have absolutely no defense? Levels man, levels[/QUOTE] His defense is questionable. Other than…

Comment by PBR Streetgang on 03-22-2019

I must have watched a different fight. I admit that I am a fan of Hurd and he didn't look sharp but I don't think he was in any trouble whatsoever against Welborn. Hurd stated he was trying some different…

Comment by Snoop Frog on 03-22-2019

[QUOTE=jmrf4435;19608584]The level where a club fighter from England half your size almost stopped you? The level where yo are a complete [COLOR="Red"]weight bully[/COLOR]? The level where you have absolutely no defense? Levels man, levels[/QUOTE] He follows the same rules to…

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