Julian Williams on fight with Hurd: ‘I think I’m going to win in a classic’

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

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Hurd: ‘Tony Harrison beating Jermell Charlo definitely threw a monkey wrench into the plan’

In life, sometimes, the best-laid plans don’t work out, and in boxing, plans are thwarted all the time. Such could be the case when it comes to a fight between unified junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd and former WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo.

Hurd and Charlo were on track to fight each other in a unification bout sometime in 2019, but the unthinkable happened. Charlo would lose by a controversial unanimous decision to Tony Harrison back in December, which killed the plans for the highly anticipated fight between Hurd and Charlo.

However, according to FOX Sports boxing insider Mike Coppinger, Charlo will battle Harrison, in a rematch, sometime in June, while Hurd has a tough fight on tap as he will battle Julian Williams on May 11 at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.

According to Coppinger, if Hurd and Charlo win, the two could clash later in 2019. At least, that is the plan.

“Tony Harrison beating Jermell Charlo definitely threw a monkey wrench into the plan coming off of surgery,” Hurd said on Sunday. “I’m going to go after the WBC belt regardless of who has it, but first I have to take care of Julian.”

For the 28-year-old Hurd, this an opportunity to defend his title near his hometown of Accokeek, Maryland, which is very important to Hurd.

“It was very important to fight at home because that’s what everyone has been asking for,” Hurd said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity, and I can’t wait to step in the ring.

“All of my fights are classics. I know that ‘J-Rock’ has been watching me and that makes him dangerous. He’s coming in with a good game plan, and we’ll see what it is on fight night.”

While he won’t predict how he will win, Hurd expects to get the victory in Virginia. Of course, that’s the plan.

“I’m going to be victorious on May 11. I’m looking for a decisive win. I’m not saying I’m going to to get the stoppage, but it will be convincing that it went my way.”

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Jarrett Hurd: ‘I’m on a different level than everybody else in the division’

Unified and undefeated IBF and WBA 154-pound”Swift” Jarrett Hurd will defend his titles against top contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams live in primetime in Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes action on Saturday, May 11 at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.

Plus, unbeaten super lightweight contender Mario “El Azteca” Barrios battles Argentina’s Juan “The Pitbull” Jose Velasco in a 10-round fight and middleweight contender Matt Korobov clashes with Immanuwel Aleem in a 10-round bout as part of televised action beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Hurd vs. Williams is one of the best matches that can be made in the super welterweight division as two of the division’s young, hungry fighters square off on the march toward an undisputed world title.

Hurd (23-0, 16 KOs) has already picked up two titles with heart-pounding victories in one of the toughest divisions in boxing. He began his run when he stopped Tony Harrison for a ninth-round knockout to capture the IBF title in 2017 on FOX. He successfully defended the title with another victory when he became the first person to stop former world champion Austin Trout. The 28-year-old picked up the WBA title with by dropping Erislandy Lara and earning a split decision in the consensus 2018 Fight of the Year last April.

A native of Accokeek, Maryland, Hurd will be fighting in front of his hometown fans when he takes on Williams and is returning to fight in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area for the first time since a 2014 win at Constitution Hall in D.C. He most recently delivered a knockout victory over Jason Welborn in his last fight on December 1.

“I couldn’t be happier to be fighting at home for the first time as a champion,” said Hurd. “My hometown has been asking me to bring the championship back home and now I can. Julian Williams is a tough opponent and I don’t see him as a stepping stone. He’s crafty, technical and fundamentally sound. I want to go out and get a decisive win and show that I’m on a different level than everybody else in the division.”

Williams (26-1-1, 16 KOs) never backs down from a challenge and he has fought his way back into contention for his second world title shot. He has ripped off four straight victories since losing to Jermall Charlo in a world championship match in 2016. Included in that run were impressive victories over former world champion Ishe Smith and contender Nathaniel Gallimore. The 28-year-old from Philadelphia is coming off a knockout victory over Francisco Javier Castro on December 1.

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Castano: ‘I’m ready for whoever they put in front of me; Hurd or anyone else’

Former 154-pound world champion Erislandy Lara and WBA(Regular) Super Welterweight Champion Brian Castaño fought to a highly competitive split-draw Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  With the draw, Castaño retains the WBA belt in what was the toughest test of his career against the longtime top 154-pounder in Lara. The judges scored the fight 115-113 (Castaño), 115-113 (Lara) and 114-114.

Castaño (15-0-1, 11 KOs), who was fighting in his first U.S. main event, held a large advantage in power connects (181-103) while Lara (25-3-3, 14 KOs) found success landing his left hand down the middle on his way to a 34 percent to 27 percent advantage in power accuracy.

In the final two rounds, Castaño ramped up the pressure and connected on 44 punches, while Lara landed only 24 punches across the championship rounds. Castaño won the final three rounds on all three judges’ scorecards. Without doing so, the Argentine would have lost his belt.

After the hotly contested fight, both fighters have options, including a rematch, in the talent-rich super welterweight division.

“I know I won the fight. I feel I was robbed,” a disappointed Castaño told SHOWTIME’s Jim Gray. “If he wants the rematch, I’ll give him the rematch. I waited for him this time so I can wait for him again if he wants the rematch. I would give him the rematch if he wants. I can also go ahead and fight any other champion that wants to fight me. I’m ready for whoever they put in front of me. (Jarrett)Hurd or anyone else.”

Lara, on the other hand, felt he did enough to claim the belt: “I thought I won the fight by landing the more accurate and effective punches. Castaño came to fight but he never hurt me and I hurt him.  All I can do is give the fans great fights and that’s what I’ll continue to do.  I have a lot of fight left in me and I’m not going anywhere.

Castaño-Hurd would be an exciting because both fighters like to come forward, which could make for another great fight, and it makes sense since Hurd is the WBA’s “Super Champion” at 154.

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Munguia: ‘Hurd is a very big 154-pounder. I think he’s bigger than me. If a fight with him is presented to me, why not?’

Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) discussed his busy plans for 2019 as he prepares to defend his WBO Junior Middleweight World Title against Japanese contender Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs) in a 12-round battle. The action will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and will be streamed live on DAZN.

The native of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico is working hard to make a successful third defense of his title in what will be his debut in Texas. Munguia is working under the expert tutelage of renowned trainer Robert Alcazar, who trained the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Edwin Valero and Jessie Vargas. Munguia is training in the Southern California area, where he combines a morning run at the mountains with an intense boxing session at a private gym in the afternoon.

Below is what Jaime Munguia had to say during a recent training session:

“We are preparing very well. I feel better and more motivated than ever before. I’m stronger than ever, and I will do my best to give the best fights for the people on this new platform, DAZN.”

“I have worked hard to be in the main events like this. I think for me this is just the start. I want to make history. I was happy to be the co-main event of Canelo vs. GGG 2, and now that I’m headlining this event, I am more motivated.”

“Takeshi Inoue is a strong fighter. He comes forward. He doesn’t mind taking a punch in order to land one. We have to be careful with that and come very prepared. We have to be careful with his right hand as well. We’re going to come very well prepared on Jan. 26.”

“After this fight, it looks like I will have a WBO mandatory bout against Dennis Hogan. But I would still like to unify the titles at 154 pounds with the other champions. We will resolve anything that is put in front of us.”

“The plan is to move up to 160 pounds in about a year. We’re fine making weight now. I have no problems, but I feel I can move up and fight in other divisions. My body is such that I could even go up to 168 pounds.”

Munguia on the other fighters in his division:

“I thought the fight was a draw [regarding Jermell Charlo vs. Tony Harrison]. Charlo should have attacked more and not wait as much. That’s my opinion of the fight. Tony Harrison is a good fighter. He’s tough and has good skills. If he is put in front of us-or anyone for that matter-we will have to work.”

“[Jarrett] Hurd is a very big 154-pounder. I think he’s bigger than me. If a fight with him is presented to me, why not? We can unify the tittles or meet at 160 pounds.”

“I don’t know what to say about the political situation because we are on different platforms. We will see if a fight against them can happen. Perhaps not this year, but maybe we can meet them at 160 pounds.

“I’ve heard the things they’ve said about me. Maybe they don’t respect me or think I’m too young. They’ve said a lot. I will make them respect me on the day they step in the ring with me.”

Munguia vs. Hurd would be amazing, but politics might just prevent it from happening, and Munguia is right, maybe he and Hurd can meet up at 160. Both guys are big 154-pounder. No one knows what the futures, but Munguia vs. Hurd will hopefully happen soon.

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Harrison on Charlo-Hurd: ‘I honestly think Charlo would win’

Everything was setting up for a big unification fight between unified junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd and former WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo, but then Tony Harrison happened. Harrison would beat Charlo by unanimous decision back in December, and now Charlo-Hurd must wait.

Interestingly enough, according to Harrison, If Charlo-Hurd were to happen, he thinks Charlo would get the nod.

“I honestly think Charlo would win,” Harrison recently told Paul Gant. “Because those shots that Jermell missed on me, I think ninety-nine percent of the shots he missed on me, ninety-nine percent would land on him. He’s not the weakest puncher in the world. So, I think Jarrett Hurd is very skillful in defense in an awkward kind of way, but I think he gets touched a little too much. I think if Jermell kind of touch him with some of them shots, and putting shots together like he showed (against)Charles Hatley or Austin Trout. He starts putting them shots together I think he does damage to Hurd.”

Hurd does take a lot of shots, but he can absorb the punishment and keep on trucking. Hurd has shown the ability to break a fighter down, which he did against Harrison and Erislandy Lara. Charlo-Hurd would be an exciting fight, and I was looking forward to seeing it in 2019. However, it will have to wait, at least for now.

Listen to the complete interview below. Harrison comes in at 04:32:

 

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Spence: ‘If Harrison and Hurd fight, I’ll fight the winner of them two'(VIDEO)

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. has a big matchup in March against WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia in a fight that will feature two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport of boxing, and if he gets past Garcia, Spence might have even bigger goals.

Spence and Jermell Charlo share the same trainer, Derrick James, and after Charlo was upset by Tony Harrison last Saturday night in Brooklyn, Spence was asked if he would be interested in fighting Harrison to avenge Charlo’s lost.

‘If Harrison and Hurd fight, I’ll fight the winner of them two,” Spence said.

Whether that happens, who knows. We will probably see Charlo-Harrison 2 before we see anything because according to Charlo, there was a rematch clause in the contract.

Spence has big fish to fry at 147, but he is a big welterweight who might want to move up at some point in time. So, anything is possible.

Listen to what Spence had to say below

 

Hurd on next fight: ‘It’s going to be a great name'(VIDEO)

Unified champion Jarrett Hurd handled his business on the Wilder-Fury undercard when he stopped Jason Welborn in the fourth round. After the fight, WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo stepped into the ring to call out Hurd, but that fight won’t happen unless Charlo beats Tony Harrison on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

However, before any fight with Charlo, Hurd would like to fight in his backyard. The Accokeek, Maryland native is looking to fight near his hometown.

“We not sure exactly who the opponent gonna be, but it’s going to be a great name,” Hurd told goforitradio.com. “They gave some names where you guys are going to be happy with the matchup.”

One of the names could be Julian Williams, who according to Fox Sports Boxing insider Mike Coppinger, could be fighting Hurd or Jermell Charlo sometime in the spring. Williams is mandatory challenger for both Hurd and Charlo. If it is Williams, that won’t be an easy fight for Hurd. Williams is tough out for anybody at 154.

But the fight that everybody wants to see is a unification fight with Charlo, so hopefully, both fighters can win their respective fights, and we can see the most significant fight at 154 sometime in 2019.

Listen below as Hurd talks his victory over Welborn, his shoulder, and what’s next for him:

 

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Jarrett Hurd expects to return in December; Julian Williams in 2019?(VIDEO)

After defeating Erislandy Lara in April to unify the IBF and WBA titles at 154, Jarrett Hurd has been out of commission after having surgery back in June to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder. According to Hurd, the injury happened while he was in training camp for the Lara fight.

Currently, Hurd (22-0, 15 KOs) is rehabbing the shoulder. If all goes well, he expects to be back in action by the end of the year.

“We’re trying to fight in December,” Hurd recently told Pau Gant. “We’re not sure exactly the date; he said the first week in December. You know we got Deontay Wilder’s card coming up. We hearing about Floyd(Mayweather) coming back in fighting, so the first week of December, I don’t know what I’m going to fight on, but I may have my own card, who knows, but December for sure.”

According to the 28-year-old Hurd, the December fight would be a tuneup, and then he wants bigger and better things in 2019.

Hurd reportedly could be on the Wilder-Fury undercard on December 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, or as he said, maybe he will headline his own card. We shall see.

Listen below as Hurd talks his plans for 2018 and 2019, and the possibility of fighting Julian Williams and Jermell Charlo next year:

 

 

Jarrett Hurd does not expect to see Mayweather-Pacquiao 2(VIDEO)

Last month, Floyd Mayweather had the boxing world buzzing when he posted a video on Instagram announcing that he would return to the sport in December to fight Manny Pacquiao. Shortly after that Instagram video, TMZ Sports reported that Mayweather was looking to fight a tuneup in Japan, and then fight Pacquiao in 2019.

This would be a rematch of their fight from 2015 when Mayweather beat Pacquiao by unanimous decision.

However, not everybody thinks Mayweather-Pacquiao 2 will happen, including unified junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd.

“Mayweather likes to talk, man,” Hurd told Paul Gant. “Mayweather said he was going to get in the cage(MMA). Do you see him in the cage? Mayweather kind of like to stay in the mix. If I do see it, I would be surprised.”

Back in March, Mayweather, 41, did say he was looking to train for a possible appearance in the Octagon, but that talk has since cooled.

I think Mayweather will return, and I think he can make a lot more money. I just hope he’s coming back for the love of boxing, and not because he needs the money.

Listen below: