Jarrett Hurd vs. Julian Williams, 12 rounds, for Hurd's IBF/WBA junior middleweight title
Jarrett Hurd vs. Julian Williams is an intriguing match-up for Hurd´s WBA Super and IBF super welterweight titles. For Julian Williams, this is his 2nd attempt at becoming Champion of the World and collecting 2 belts at the same time. Hurd has been giving good performances for a few years with his best win coming over Erislandy Lara last year. He has shown that he has a great engine for 12 rounds and that he comes on in the second half of his fights. Hurd is very big and strong for the weight but he has technical flaws that has been apparent in several of his fights where he gets hit cleanly with big shots over and over. To his credit, his chin have held up the punishment so far. In his last fight with Jason wellborn (a 17/1 underdog) he was being worked over good on the inside and the fight was fought on even terms for 4 rounds before Hurd landed the knock-out blow. Julian Williams is being overlooked a little bit in this fight by many fans but not many insiders. They know how dangerous Williams is. Current betting line is Hurd -600 and Williams +450. The reason they have installed Hurd such a big favourite are mainly 2 reasons. The first one is that he is a unified World Champion and he has proven that he can beat high level fighters such as Lara, Trout, Harrison. The second reason is that when Williams got his first shot at the title vs. Charlo in 2016 he was stopped in 5 rounds. The reality of it is that he was doing very good with Jermall Charlo and won his share of the rounds. He was landing hard right hands over and over but Charlo ultimately was the better fighter that night. Williams proved that night that he had very good boxing skills and showed incredible toughness and heart. After the loss Williams has composed himself and worked his way back with several good victories. We believe Julian Williams is ready and prepared this time and there will be a new World Champion. He will find his home with that straight right hand with Hurd and he will dominate this fight. Unlike many other Hurd opponents, Williams has power and we can see a stoppage coming late between 10-12 or a decision win for Julian Williams. The Pick is Julian Williams to win.
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