By Keith Idec
Julian Williams wouldn’t divulge too much about the specific weaknesses in Jarrett Hurd that he was able to exploit last month.
Williams figures it’s possible they’ll fight again at some point, thus he doesn’t want Hurd to know his strategic secrets. If they were to meet a second time, Williams is confident he’ll defeat Hurd convincingly again.
“It don’t matter, you know, because I feel like as though anybody can make adjustments,” Williams said during the newest episode of FS1’s “Inside PBC Boxing” on Wednesday night. “But I can make adjustments, too. We could fight 10 times. I’m gonna beat him 10 times. That’s how I feel. No disrespect to Jarrett Hurd, but that’s how I feel.”
The previously undefeated Hurd was a 6-1 favorite entering his title fight with Williams on May 11 at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. Philadelphia’s Williams (27-1-1, 16 KOs, 1 NC) boxed brilliantly, both from the outside and inside, and won a 12-round unanimous decision to take the IBF, IBO and WBA 154-pound championships from Hurd (23-1, 16 KOs), of Accokeek, Maryland.
Williams, who dropped Hurd during the second round, won by scores of 116-111, 115-112 and 115-112. Williams admitted Wednesday night that while reviewing the fight he had a tough time finding five rounds to give to Hurd, who won five rounds on two scorecards and four rounds on the other card.
The 29-year-old Williams wouldn’t give away too much about the game plan that enabled him to produce the biggest win of his career.
“Well, I don’t wanna dig in too much into what I seen because we might have to do a rematch at some point in time,” Williams told host Kate Abdo and analysts Shawn Porter and Abner Mares. “But I will say that he has a lot of deficiencies and holes in his game that I noticed, not just when I watched tape, but I noticed when I seen him fight for the first time, which was a couple of years ago. I think he’s a really good fighter. But not to take nothing away from him, but just skills are not his strong point. His strong point is his mentality and what he has on the inside.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.