Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Julian Williams: I'm Moving Forward From Hurd, We're Not Fighting

Julian Williams is on the short list as a top candidate for fight of the year and upset of the year following his unanimous decision win over Jarrett Hurd in May for the WBA, IBF and IBO super welterweigtht titles.

A rematch was imminent on Dec. 14 but Hurd suddenly opted to take his career in a different direction last month when he pulled out of the fight during negotiations. Williams (27-1-1, 16 KOs) is now stuck contemplating his next opponent, weight class and career move.

“I’m moving forward. We’re not fighting,” Williams told “Everybody keeps asking me like I’m the one who pulled out of the fight. You have to ask him. I don’t necessarily care. It’s none of my business. I don’t hold anything against him. He fought like a champion, and he is a champion. I wish him the best. 

“I want to get back in the ring by the end of the year and fight the best available guys. I don’t like the talk of a ‘stay-busy fight.’ That gives the perception that it’s an easy fight, and no fight is easy. I need to fight a top-10 guy. I can’t fight Joe Shmoe. There is no such thing as a tune-up fight for me anymore.”

 hurd-williams (7)_1

Williams, a PBC fighter, is waiting for the rematch between WBC champion Tony Harrison and Jermell Charlo to be scheduled and unfold so he can challenge the winner and unify the 154-pound division. He’s also considering a move to 160 once he’s done defending his titles. 

Before he moves to middleweight, there’s the likes of boogeyman Erislandy Lara lurking in the distance at 154 as the pieces to the puzzle fall in place. Austin Trout, who is 1-3-1 in his last five fights, is also looking to give it one last hurrah at age 34. Both fighters are inked to PBC and making a match with Williams could be done overnight should Williams be inclined for either challenge.

“Whoever ends up with the WBC belt, that’s the guy I want to fight. Charlo would be the bigger fight, also because his brother beat me. But I’m not going to sit around and wait,” said Williams.

“Being a champion has definitely changed the way I’ve been perceived. I was looked at as a decent, fringe contender who had really good skills but no chin and gas tank. But I’m glad I changed that perception. I’m the best in the world now.”

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and and currently does TV commentary for combat sports programming that airs on Fox Sports. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by The D3vil on 10-09-2019

[QUOTE=NachoMan;20110151]Erislandy Lara getting called boogeyman in 2019.:poke:[/QUOTE] I had to read that twice. I mean, what is it 2014 or something? [QUOTE=Califire209;20109746]Jarred Hurd they didn't want to undergo extra-long Vada testing, that's why he pulled out. Hurd beat the man…

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-09-2019

[QUOTE=Adamsc151;20111669]That's a match-up I'd watch at any safe weight. The Charlo's are not exactly shrimps either, they could easily be looked at as 168 fighters themselves. For the sake of their long term health, boxers should have to compete closer…

Comment by Adamsc151 on 10-09-2019

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;20111489]... he will have o face Charlo at 160... :)[/QUOTE] That's a match-up I'd watch at any safe weight. The Charlo's are not exactly shrimps either, they could easily be looked at as 168 fighters themselves. For the sake of…

Comment by Al Broker on 10-09-2019

[QUOTE=CaptainWalrus;20111483]Do u believe in fairies?[/QUOTE] I believe in Haymon as Selectah

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-09-2019

[QUOTE=I'm Widdit!;20109743]Haymon and Breadman don’t want to open a can of worms regarding Hurd and the VADA that Jrock cried about.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Califire209;20109746]Jarred Hurd they didn't want to undergo extra-long Vada testing, that's why he pulled out. Hurd beat the man…

Top Headlines
Dominic Boesel vs. Robin Krasniqi on October 10 in Magdeburg DiBella, Hearn Battling Over Issues Related To Kambosos-Selby Eliminator Contreras vs. Flores Tops October 2 Boxeo Telemundo Fall Season Premiere Gabriel Flores vs. Ryan Kielczweski on Baranchyk-Zepeda Card Filip Hrgovic vs. Alexandre Kartozia Set - Pala is Now Out Jeison Rosario Promising an "Epic War" With Jermell Charlo Meng Fanlong Breaks From Roc Nation, Now a Free Agent Jaime Munguia vs. Tureano Johnson - Finalized, October 30, DAZN VĂ­ctor Pasillas: I'm Willing To Fight Anyone To Get To The Next Level UK Boxing: Fans Dealt Blow, Crowds Not Returning Any Time Soon Nery: Would Really Love To Hold World Titles In Two Divisions At Same Time Josh Taylor: Whether Ramirez Fight Is In Scotland Or America, I'm Not Fussed Rosario: It Has Been Easier For Me To Train During Pandemic, No Distractions Charlo Twins Vow Same In-Ring Energy Even Without Fans In Attendance Panama Lewis, Requiem For a Cheater Maxi Hughes Aims To Continue Big Run in Viktor Kotochigov Fight Yildirim's Promoter Hopes Canelo Alvarez Deal Gets Done Reynoso Confident Andy Ruiz Can Accomplish Even More in Career Niall Kennedy Vows To Shut The Mouth of Alen Babic Daniel Roman: I Gotta Look Good, Send a Message I'm Still The Champ Jermall Charlo: My Toughest Fight Was Korobov On Date Jermell Got Robbed Of His Title Josh Taylor Admits That He Hasn't Secured Recognition He Deserves Alejandro Davila Very Motivated To Shock Serhii Bohachuck Shannon Briggs: Jones Having Second Thoughts? Tag Me In - I'll Fight Tyson! Villa Promoter: Ruben Will Rise To Occasion, Beat Emanuel Navarrete Jermell Charlo: Me & Jermall Will Leave Legacy Like Klitschko Brothers Chocolatito Will Head To Mexico To Finish Camp For Gonzalez Fight Euro News: Serrano-Mahfoud?, Faust, Olsen, Ziani, Much More Derevyanchenko Vows To Apply Pressure Early, Start Faster on Charlo Chris Kongo Confident That He Would Knock Conor Benn Out Roy Jones Jr. Putting in Work For Mike Tyson Clash Ricards Bolotniks Wants a 'Real Fight, Real War' With Hosea Burton Lomachenko To Lopez: If You Say Something - You Need To Prove It in The Ring! Josh Taylor: Not Often You Get To Fight For All The Belts, The Fight I Want Next Lubin: Gausha Was Badly Hurt; Could've Stopped Him If I Had 1 More Minute Spence on Charlo-Rosario: Jermell is Going To Try To Dominate, Knock This Dude Out Muhammad Ali Comparisons Are "Inappropriate" Says Khabib Nurmagomedov Nakathila's Promoter Open To Stevenson Fight For WBO Belt if Herring Vacated 2020 USA Boxing National Championships: Shreveport to Host Fury Dares Joshua: If I'm Old and Need To Retire - Come and Retire Me!
Latest Forum Threads