On Saturday night, unified (IBF/IBO/WBA) champion ‘Swift’ Jarrett Hurd (23-0, 16 KOs) will defend his titles against Julian ‘J Rock’ Williams (26-1-1, 16 KOs).
Hurd is coming off a knockout win over Jason Welborn last December. It was the third defense of his IBF title, and second defense of the IBO/WBA belts he won after facing Erislandy Lara.
Williams has won four straight after losing in his first title shot against Jermall Charlo in 2016.
Good fight. I like the matchup between these two guys. I think the fight will be good because there are different styles. It is a brawler style with Hurd against the boxing style of Williams.
Williams is definitely quicker and has good movement and faster hands. Hurd has the size and reach and height.
Williams has to keep punching and use movement in this fight. Hurd will stalk and attempt to wear Williams down. I think Williams will stick and move and be as active as possible. Hurd will take 3 or 4 punches to get one off. He will look to grind the fight out and wear him down.
This will be a close fight, but in the end I think Hurd’s size will wear Williams down and he will won a decision or get a late stoppage. He’s just too big and seems to get stronger as the fight goes on. Hurd is on a roll right now and it is tough to pick against him in this one.
I think this is going to be a very good fight. To be honest, when I want to give one guy an advantage, I see an offset from the other. Jarrett Hurd is tailormade for Julian Williams. Williams style, skill, athleticism compared to Hurd isn’t close.
However, Hurd’s size and unwavering pressure won him knockout victories in fights against guys like Austin Trout and Tony Harrison who have similar traits to Williams.
I envision a fight that may have an early knockdown which could be the difference on the cards. I also am aware of how ‘DMV’ judging has gone for many years in the past. Williams doesn’t seem concerned at all with Hurd’s hometown advantage. He’s a better man than me.
If Williams fights as well as I believe, the best he might have to settle for is a draw or a controversial loss. Of course, Hurd might fight as well as oddsmakers believe and if so, Williams could be in trouble.
My gut says a close fight with both guys feeling they did enough to win. If that’s the case, the hometown factor gives Hurd a majority or split decision win. At +360 or so in some places, if I was a bettor I’d drop a little something on Williams.
If scoring is on the up-and-up, I like Julian Williams in the upset. I saw something in his eyes at the final presser that tells me he’s mentally prepared.