In a fight that most writers believed would be a tough test for unified champion Jarrett ‘Swift’ Hurd, Julien ‘J-Rock Williams surpassed himself with the sort of display that will not be forgotten quickly by true boxing fans.
From the first bell Williams let Hurd know that he was here to take the titles and was willing to walk through fire to do so. Hurd for his part met the challenger mostly at close quarters and it was the fans that had really won by the sound of the last bell.
Credit must go to both men, their conditioning was superb, and rarely do you see this kind of nonstop action where both fighters held their shape throughout no matter how gruelling the exchanges became. The standard of boxing remained high throughout the 12 rounds.
Williams will probably want to avenge his 5th round loss to former WBC champion Jermell Charlo now that he is a multi-belt holder, but Charlo will first need to win his title back in his rematch with his controversial conqueror Tony Harrison when they meet on June 23rd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, Hurd’s trainer Ernesto Rodriguez has made it clear that he wants an immediate rematch with Williams saying “It wasn’t the pressure of being home for Jarrett. J-Rock was the better fighter. We want the rematch. Our preparation will be better.”
And Hurd reiterated the same sentiment “There’s definitely a rematch clause in our contract, and I’m going to go for it. I’m going to come back better than I was tonight.”
Hurd also stated that he would be happy to go to Philadelphia for the rematch seeing as J-Rock had come to the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia for this fight.
I for one would love to see both rematches happen with the winners facing each other to determine the unified WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO 154lb champion.
As WBO Jaime Munguia is promoted by Golden Boy it’s unlikely we will see him in any unification matches with the Premiere Boxing Champions promoted Williams, Hurd, Harrison and Charlo but we can only but hope.
No matter what happens with Charlo vs Harrison II, let’s hope we get to see the second instal