Unified and undefeated IBF and WBA 154-pound “Swift” Jarrett Hurd will defend his titles against High Competition Julian “J Rock ” Williams Reside in Prime Time at Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes action on Saturday, May 11 in EagleBank Arena at Fairfax, Virginia.
Plus, unbeaten super lightweight contender Mario “El Azteca” Barrios conflicts Argentina’s Juan “The pit bull ” Jose Velasco at a 10-round fight and middleweight contender Matt Korobov clashes using Immanuwel Aleem at a 10-round bout as a portion of televised actions beginning in 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Tickets for the event go on sale Thursday, March 28 in 1-2 p.m. ET and will be purchased through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com).
“He’ll have a rigid test from Julian Williams, that as his sole conquer has racked up win after win to show that he continues to be squarely from the elite group of the division. This is setting up to be a great primary event for viewers in primetime to enjoy on FOX and FOX Deportes. With ‘Swift’ making his original lien name defense, the crowd at EagleBank Arena is guaranteed to deliver a raucous atmosphere. ”
Hurd vs. Williams is arguably one of the better games which can be earned in the super welterweight division as two of their division’s young, hungry fighters square off to the parade toward an undisputed world title.
Hurd (23-0, 16 KOs) has recently picked up two titles with heart-pounding victories in one of the toughest divisions in boxing. He began his run when he stopped Tony Harrison for a ninth-round knock-out to catch the IBF title in 2017 on FOX. He defended the title with another victory if he became the first man to discontinue prior world champion Austin Trout. The 28-year-old picked the WBA title with by falling Erislandy Lara and earning a split decision within the consensus 2018 Battle of the season last April.
A native of Accokeek, Maryland, Hurd will soon be fighting in front of his hometown fans if he takes on Williams and will be returning to fight from the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area for first time as a 2014 win in Constitution Hall at D.C.. He most recently delivered a knockout victory over Jason Welborn within his final fight on December 1.
“I couldn’t be much more happy to be more fighting at home for the first time as a champion,” said Hurdsaid “My hometown has been requesting me to create the championship back home and now I can. Julian Williams is a difficult opponent and I don’t see him as a steppingstone. He’s crafty, technical and fundamentally sound. I want to go outside and receive yourself a decisive win and show that I’m on another degree than everyone at the division. ”
Williams (26-1-1, 16 KOs) never backs down from the challenge and he has fought his way back into contention for his next world title shot. He has ripped off four consecutive victories as losing to Jermall Charlo at a world championship game in 20-16. Included in that series were impressive victories over the world champion Ishe Smith and competition Nathaniel Gallimore.
“Jarrett Hurd is an excellent, strong fighter which ’s hot right now,” Williams stated. “This really is actually a hometown fight because of him, but Philly isn’t that far from Virginia. I’m looking forward to putting in an exciting fight for all the fans on FOX, and also above all winning those titles and showing the world that I am the greatest from the 154-pound division. ”
Barrios (23-0, 15 KOs) has become an excellent super-lightweight competition after starting out in 130 pounds. The 5-foot-10 fighter out of San Antonio, Texas, has taken his power with him up the ladder as demonstrated by stopping his last seven competitors, including victories over Naim Nelson and Jose Luis Rodriguez around FS1. He enters the fight with Velasco after having a knockout victory over Richard Zamora within his final fight on February 9.
Velasco (201, 12 KOs) picked up the nickname “The pit bull ” early in his career due to his aggressive personality. It’s served the 31-year-old resident of Buenos Aires, Argentina well throughout a career in which heor even rsquo;s just tasted conquer once. He suffered the first loss in his career in his final fight when he had been ceased by Regis Prograis on July 14. He’ll be looking to rebound against the other rising unbeaten fighter in Barrios.
The 36-year-old Korobov (28-2, 14 KOs) lost a hardfought choice to Jermall Charlo live on FOX at a middleweight championship game on December 22. He had been a late replacement and also gave Charlo a harder struggle than many experts expected. Although he came short, the Russian-born fighter, that currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, served notice to the remainder of the division that he is still a threat to top 160-pounders.
Aleem (28-1-1, 22 KOs) may have been outside from the ring for almost a year after he measures against Korobov. The 25-year-old has been coming from a sixth-round knockout victory over Juan De Angel in his final fight on May 1-9. Korobov poses a major challenge for Aleem of Richmond, Virginia, that suffered the first loss in his career when he had been ceased by Hugo Centeno, Jr. at August 2017 on FS1, following a career-best win over afterward unbeaten Ievgen Khytrov.