For Julian Williams(26-1-1, 16 KOs), May 11 could be a day of redemption as he battles unified junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd(23-0, 16 KOs) at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.
The last time Williams had a title shot, back in 2016 against Jermall Charlo, it did not end well. Williams was dropped three times by Charlo and was stopped in the fifth round. It was the first time Williams tasted defeat as a pro.
Since that fight, the Philly native is on a four-fight win streak and now will have a chance to capture that elusive title against Hurd.
“I had to get over the loss quick,” Williams recently said about his loss to Charlo. “You can’t dwell on that. Am I going to mope? No, it’s who’s up next? I can’t even put it into words how hungry I am.”
Hurd will not be easy for Williams, and Hurd has beaten some very good fighters over the few past years, including defeating Erislandy Lara to unify the titles last year, but all that does not matter to Williams.
“I’m not Erislandy Lara,” Williams said. “I’m going to fight a completely different fight than he did. I’m going to do whatever I have to do to win. That’s the kind of fighter Hurd is, so that’s the kind of fighter I have to be.
“I think I’m going to win in a classic. We’re probably going to have to do it a second time it’ll be so good.”
To defeat Hurd, The 28-year-old Williams plans to use the same strategy he employed to beat Nathaniel Gallimore, who Williams defeated by majority decision last April.
“Hurd is definitely a really exciting fighter. He gives that extra each fight, but I’ve seen some things. I have a way of wearing guys down myself. I wore Nathaniel Gallimore down fighting off my front foot, and I think I’ll do the same to Hurd.”
Hurd does not make boring fights, so expect a great night action against Williams on May 11.
Photo/courtesy: Kent Green