Hurd vs Williams : Jarrett Hurd tops a tripleheader against Julian Williams in a junior middleweight main event from Fairfax, Virginia. Here’s what you need to know about the fight.
Jarrett Hurd vs Julian Williams
IBF/WBA junior middleweight title
Place: EagleBank Arena, Virginia, USA
Time: 5:00 PM ET
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What’s at stake?
Hurd (23-0, 16 KO) holds the WBA and IBF junior middleweight titles, and both are on the line in this fight, as is his status as the generally-recognized top 154-pound fighter in the sport today — he’s rated No. 1 by The Ring, TBRB, and BoxRec. Williams (26-1-1, 16 KO) doesn’t bring a title or a No. 1 ranking by anyone, but this is huge for his career. He already lost in his first shot at a world title in 2016, and doing so again could reduce him to fringe contender status.
How did Jarrett Hurd get here?
Hurd, 28, wasn’t really on anyone’s radar before Nov. 2015, when he faced Frank Galarza on a special Saturday night edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on Showtime. Galarza came in 17-0-2 and considered the A-side of the fight, aided by the reputation that can develop simply by being a fighter from New York.
But Hurd, a native of Accokeek, Maryland, put it on Galarza that night in Vegas, dropping him in the fourth round and stopping him in the sixth. Basically, he beat Galarza up until Galarza turned his back and referee Russell Mora stopped the fight.
From that point on, Hurd was officially someone to keep an eye on. He picked up stoppage wins over previously-unbeaten Oscar Molina and veteran Jo Jo Dan in his next two, then faced Tony Harrison in Feb. 2017 on FOX, with the vacant IBF junior middleweight title at stake.