Julian ‘J Rock’ Williams Defeats Jarrett Hurd, Wins World Super Welterweight Title
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Fairfax, VA (May 12th, 2019)– Ringside commentator Joe Goosen called Julian ‘J Rock’ Williams victory a great upset. “Williams was that sharp, that good.” Williams, crying tears of joy, remembered he missed his daughter’s birthday, would welcome a rematch with Hurd in his native Philadelphia, was grateful to promoter Al Haymon, and still crying, Williams noted he had finally won a world title during Ramadan, the Islamic Holy month of daytime fasting.
In the ‘Fight of the Year’ so far, the main event on a nine-bout card at EagleBank Arena, in Fairfax Arena, Virginia, televised by Fox Sports and Premier Boxing Champions, on Saturday night, May 11, 2019, Julian Williams scored a flash knockdown on Jarrett Hurd in the second round, and went on to win a unanimous decision and the International Boxing Federation, International Boxing Organization, and World Boxing Association Super World Super World Super Welterweight championships. “J Rock was a better man tonight. He put me down for the first time in my career. J-Rock was just the better man tonight I’ll be back baby! I’ll be back,” said Hurd.
Williams, 27-1-1 with 16 knockouts, landed more punches, while Hurd threw more punches. Hurd landed more body punches, but started slow. Williams won round one, two and four, and more significantly, went up on the punch count. Williams was in superior peak condition, and fought an inside war, scoring with uppercuts and straight overhand shots to the head of Hurd. Hurd, 23-1 with 16 knockouts, Accokeek, Maryland, countered at times. The anticipation was Hurd would pick up the pace in the second half of the fight.
Hurd never showed the second wind which had been anticipated. Hurd got hit in the head enough times by Williams going into the last three rounds, that his trainer Ernesto Rodriguez warned Hurd in the corner between rounds he might stop the fight if Hurd kept getting hit. Hurd did do better over the last three rounds-but it was still rough going. Real Combat Media scored the bout 118-112 for Williams. Two rounds were close, the fifth and the eleven, which ringside commentator Larry Hazard instead unofficially gave to Hurd. A rematch clause makes Hurd-Williams II likely later in 2019, after the other World Boxing Council World Super Welterweight title rematch between champion Tony Harrison of Detroit, Michigan, and former champion Jermell Charlo (who beat Williams) of Houston, Texas, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 23, 2019.
Result: Julian Williams Win 12 Jarrett Hurd, Super Welterweights
Williams wins International Boxing Federation World Super Welterweight title
Williams Wins International Boxing Organization World Super Welterweight title
Williams wins World Boxing Association Super World Super Welterweight title
Hurd was down for a flash knockdown in the second round.
Scoring: 116-111, 115-112, 115-112. Referee: Bill Clancy
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Alexandru Marin Win 10 Luis Concepcion, Flyweights
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Matvey Korobov Major Draw 10 Emmanuel Aleem, Middleweights
Controversy! Originally announced as a win for Korobov. However, it was later claimed a 96-95 scorecard was in error, and was actually 95-95. What? In reality, Korobov won the first seven rounds. To belatedly call this bout a draw is absurd. Get out of here! The late ‘correction’ was not announced during the telecast. Two of the judges should audition for the three blind mice. Real Combat Media scored the bout 97-93 correctly for Korobov.
Aleem did win rounds nine and ten. Scoring: 97-93 Korobov. 95-95, 95-95 Majority Draw.
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