Unified and undefeated IBF and WBA 154-pound champion “Swift” Jarrett Hurd held a media workout at his gym in Temple Hills, Maryland on Tuesday as he prepares for his hometown return in a title defense against top contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams Saturday, May 11 that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes from EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.
The broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and will see Hurd return to defend his titles in front of a hometown crowd for the first time since becoming a world champion. A native of Accokeek, Maryland, this is Hurd’s first fight in the region since his 13th pro victory in 2014 that took place at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
This is Hurd’s second fight since he had shoulder surgery last June, and at this point, according to Hurd, the shoulder is not an issue.
“I feel strong and the shoulder is 100 percent,” Hurd said. “In sparring and hitting the bag, I forgot I even had surgery. That’s how good I feel.”
One knock on Hurd is that some believe he gets hit too much. However, Hurd believes looks are deceiving.
“My defense is getting better, but what people have to understand is that I kept stepping up the competition I was facing,” Hurd said. “So, of course, I got hit more, but if you look at the stats, my opponent got hit even more than me. Because of my style it looks like I take a lot of punches. I expect to get hit in this fight but, I’m ready to hit him more.
“It’s hard to tell what type of fight this is going to be. I want to say that he’s going to try to box, but I said that about Erislandy Lara and we saw that he stood toe-to-toe with me. Because of my size, I don’t really think Julian Williams is going to try to do that. He’s going to try to get his shots off and score points and make it through 12 rounds.”
Hurd’s ultimate goal is to be the undisputed champion at 154, and if he beats Williams, he may get that opportunity in the near future.
“I want to be undisputed champion at 154-pounds. The plan is to go after the WBC belt next. I’m inspired to do it and I see it right in front of me.”
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