Hurd's Trainer: Williams Was The Better Man, We Want Rematch

A big upset on Saturday night, when mandatory challenger Julian Williams unanimously outpointed Hurd at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia to capture the IBF, WBA and IBO super welterweight titles.

Williams (27-1-1) knocked down Hurd (23-1) in the second round and stayed on his feet throughout. While both fighters appeared in danger at times, Williams clearly believed he won in the later rounds.

Even the hometown crowd, chanting Hurd's name, were unable to assist him in turning the tide of the contest.

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The judges agreed on the winner, scoring it 116-111, 115-112 and 115-112, as did Hurd's corner.

"It wasn't the pressure of being home for Jarrett. J-Rock was the better fighter," insisted Hurd trainer Ernesto Rodriguez. "We want the rematch. Our preparation will be better."

During the middle of the sixth round, arguably Hurd's best, Williams made a "come at me" expression after Hurd connected with a jab. Williams was flexing to his corner after the 11th, and was the more active fighter in the 12th, landing one final promising combination 45 seconds before the bell. When the final bell sounded, trainer Stephen Edwards rushed out of Williams' corner to hoist his fighter aloft.

"I am not shocked. I am just happy," Edwards said. "We just knew that we were going to win. There are certain things that you just know. He trained so hard and he was so ready, I just knew.

Hurd, from Accokeek, Maryland, Hurd entered to a live rendition of "Hail to the Redskins" and wore the team's logo on his robe. He hoped a win here would propel his quest to unify the remaining 154-pound belts. But he failed to seize momentum in front of his fans, who tried to edge him on by chanting "Swift! Swift! Swift!" According to the scorecards, Williams would've won even without his knockdown.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Brettcappe on 05-14-2019

[QUOTE=Lance98;19741128]Hurd doesn't deserve a rematch. He got outclassed by a guy who got KO'ed by charlo. Hurd was terrible at judging distance, never used his size/reach and was horrible at inside fighting. I see what I needed to see. No…

Comment by Brettcappe on 05-14-2019

[QUOTE=Ray*;19739279]Class all round from Hurd, team and family. You could tell Hurd was brought up in a discipline home (Still lives at home with mum and dad). He is well spoken, act with a lot of manner when outside of…

Comment by Lance98 on 05-14-2019

Hurd doesn't deserve a rematch. He got outclassed by a guy who got KO'ed by charlo. Hurd was terrible at judging distance, never used his size/reach and was horrible at inside fighting. I see what I needed to see. No…

Comment by arby4444 on 05-14-2019

Listen. If they fought 10 times JRock wins 10 times. Hurd is too slow, defensively challenged, has a TERRIBLE CORNER, slow, Balance issues and bad feet. He was beaten by a REAL trained fighter. Hurd is the prototypical weight bully.…

Comment by Floyd Honeybuns on 05-13-2019

Hurd is 6'1" tall and should really have a dominant jab to control his fights and set up his power shots. Instead he has a pawing inconsistent jab and a poor defence. With his ability Hurd really needs a top…

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