On Saturday, May 11th Jarrett "Swift" Hurd will defend his WBA, IBF and IBO super-welterweight titles against Julian "J-Rock" Williams at The EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.
Hurd has earned the right to be called the best Super-welterweight in the world. With arch-rival Jermell Charlo losing a controversial decision and his WBC title to Tony Harrison in December 2018, Hurd has become the man to beat in the division. Hurd won the IBF title by scoring a 9th round Tko of Harrison back in February 2017.
In many observers eyes, Hurd became the top 154lber when he took the WBA title from Cuban Erislandy Lara in their unification bout in April 2018.
Julian Williams is a solid contender for Hurd. While his record doesn't contain wins over the top men in the division, he does have wins over good fighters such as former world champion Ishe Smith and Nathaniel Gallimore.
In Williams only Loss, he challenged then IBF champion Jermall Charlo (brother of former WBC champ Jermell) but was stopped in 5 rounds. Williams landed some dangerous right hands that Hurd will have to watch out for. J-Rock was knocked down in the 2nd round from a powerful jab but got up and showed guts to stay in with Charlo.
Another shot that Williams had success with against Charlo was a left hook coming out of a dip, this could also work well for the challenger. Williams is a dangerous fighter.
Hurd is not a fast starter, so it could be that Williams will jump on the champion early and test his chin before he gets into his stride. Williams will almost certainly have his moments. He will probably be the better technical fighter of the two, but it is Hurds engine and toughness that I think will see him through to victory.