Julian Williams beat the odds, outfighting Jarrett Hurd over 12 rounds to become a world champion.
So much for the hometown advantage. Julian Williams shocked the world tonight, upsetting Jarrett Hurd to win the WBA and IBF junior middleweight titles in Hurd’s backyard, taking the belts on scores of 115-112, 115-112, and 116-111.
Bad Left Hook scored the fight 117-110 for Williams.
Williams (27-1-1, 16 KO) proved he was not only able to outbox Hurd (23-1, 16 KO), which many expected that he could, but that he could also hang with the bigger, more physically imposing defending titleholder, who came in with the reputation of breaking opponents down even when they had more skill than he did.
Williams dropped Hurd in the second round, and was able to bang it out with Hurd throughout the fight, doing more damage and never seeming in any notable trouble himself.
“Smokin’” Bert Cooper and Harold Lederman.
Respect. Late boxing legends Harold Lederman and “Smokin” Bert Cooper are honored with a ten-bell salute in Fairfax. pic.twitter.com/U0UACu5D3J
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