Hurd-Williams May 11 in Washington, DC
Jarrett Hurd will have a hometown crowd on his side during his next title defense, as he defends the WBA and IBF super welterweight titles against Julian Williams on May 11.
A venue is still to be determined, but the bout — which headlines a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card on Fox — is expected to take place in Washington, D.C., not far from Hurd’s hometown of Accokeek, Maryland. It will be the first time Hurd fights in the DMV (Delaware/Maryland/Virginia) area since his 13th professional bout back in November 2014. Hurd did not compete in a televised bout until about a year later, however.
“There’s so much going on here in the DMV, so to know I get to defend my world titles here is a blessing,” Hurd told Boxing Scene. “Boxing in this area hasn’t been this big in a long time. It’s such a good feeling to bring my titles home.”
The undefeated Hurd captured the IBF super welterweight title by defeating Tony Harrison via ninth-round TKO back in February 2017. After a finish of Austin Trout in a defense that October, Hurd captured the WBA title by defeating Erislandy Lara via a close split decision in a title unification bout last April.
Hurd was last seen on the undercard of Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury back on December 1, scoring a fourth-round knockout in a successful defense against Jason Welborn.
Williams enters this bout on a four-fight win streak, and also last competed on the Wilder-Fury undercard, where he scored a second-round knockout of Francisco Javier Castro. This will be his second attempt at a major world title, coming up short against Jermall Charlo in an IBF super welterweight title fight back in December 2016.
Original Story: Boxing Scene