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Julian Williams: I Outclassed Hurd, The Whole World Doubted Me!

Julian “J-Rock’’ Williams knew he was walking into the lion’s den when he traveled from Philadelphia to Virginia to face undefeated unified super welterweight champion “Swift” Jarrett Hurd in his backyard. But Williams (27-1-1, 16 KOs) wasn’t afraid.

He came. He saw and he conquered Hurd (23-1, 16 KOs), scoring a 12-round unanimous decision, handing Hurd his first loss and taking the IBF, WBA and IBO championships before a hometown crowd at the EagleBank Arena on the campus of George Mason University.

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. The judges had Williams handily defeating Hurd with scores of 116-111 and 115-112 twice.

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Williams had come up short in his previous attempt at a world title when he was stopped on via TKO by Jermall Charlo in 2016. He was overwhelmed by emotions after his upset victory over Hurd, who was a presumptive favorite over the 29-year-old Williams.

"I am just overwhelmed. This is such a great feeling. I outclassed him. I am one of the best fighters in the world,” said Williams. “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. The only people that believed in me were my team, but all I can say is 'and the new'!"

Hurd is often a slow starter and Williams made him pay for that. He jumped on the defending champion right out of the gate, throwing crisp punches behind a pistol-like jab. Williams dropped Hurd in the second round with a shot to the temple.

Sensing he had stunned Hurd, Williams came out firing in the next round. He picked up the pace and Hurd decided to match the ferocity of the attack rather than wither under it. Midway through the third round, Hurd landed a blistering left uppercut that snapped Williams’ head upward and slowly started to regain his form.

Hurd and Williams went to the trenches in the middle rounds, closing the distance and fighting in tight quarters. Conventional wisdom would seem to favor Hurd in that space, because he is physically bigger than Williams. But Williams did more than hold his own.

By the seventh round, the fight had become a war of attrition and a test of wills. Hurd was cut over his left eye in the eighth round. By then, Williams was completely in control.

Williams said he was well prepared for everything that Hurd threw at him, but it was by no means a cakewalk.

"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,’’ Williams said. "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. ‘’

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The D3vil on 05-13-2019

I gotta admit that even though I was rooting for him, I did not have him winning the fight before it happened. I thought Hurd would be too big & strong, but him & Bread executed the perfect plan, jumped…

Comment by uppercut510 on 05-13-2019

i won $300 i knew you would win lol!

Comment by Devils Advocate on 05-13-2019

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;19737359]This has to have a rematch on it??? If they fight again I expect Hurd to win? They fights 5 times your gonna have a different winner. Neither showed they were levels better.[/QUOTE] Hurd can’t not hit continue to take…

Comment by daggum on 05-12-2019

[QUOTE=Boxingraya;19738440]He was brutally ko'd. How does he expect some people to not have doubts? I would bet some doubt creeped up even in his own mind.[/QUOTE] not only the ko but he went life and death with ishe smith in…

Comment by Boxingraya on 05-12-2019

[QUOTE=Rigpig;19737337]I gotta say I didn’t think he’d win but props to him for staying poised and winning a good fight hopefully they rematch and we see another good fight[/QUOTE] He was brutally ko'd. How does he expect some people to…

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