FAIRFAX – “Swift” Jarrett Hurd lost his championship belts to Julian Williams in a unanimous decision at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Va. The fight was not close according to the three judges at ring side. They scored it twice at 116-111 and 115-112.
The scores included a second-round knockdown of Hurd. It was the first time Hurd has hit the canvas in his career.
“I was not hurt, He caught me on the side of the head,” said Hurd.
Before the fight, Hurd admitted to being a slow starter: “I know I start slow and that I can be behind on the scores, but it lets me get a feel for my opponent.”
That is exactly what happened last Saturday in front of a loud crowd of 5,105. Williams came out fast as he landed hard shots to Hurd’s head and body. Williams turned Hurd to the left and the right dozens of times while throwing combinations.
“I’m one of the best fighters in the world,” said Williams, known as “J-Rock.” “I was a 5 to 1 underdog in this fight. I am not supposed to be a 5 to 1 underdog in any fight from 168 on down.”
Hurd (23-1) came into the ring with the Redskins band playing “Hail to the Redskins.” He urged the crowd on as they went nuts when “Swift” was introduced. None of this fazed Williams. Hurd had no excuses.
“He is a lot sharper than I expected,” said Hurd. “I know he had a great inside game, but it was better than I expected. He landed some great shots inside.”
Williams (27-1-1) had fought for a title one other time and showed his emotions as he wore the belts he just won from Hurd. He dropped to his knees and began to cry as his name was announced as the winner.
“I am overwhelmed,” said Williams. “He was not easy to hit. He was crafty and he has heavy hands, although he did not hurt me. I stayed poised, listened to my coach and just worked.”
Fighting at home for the first time as champion may have worked to Hurd’s disadvantage by the county native refuted those statements after the fight.
“The pressure didn’t get to me,” Hurd said. “I just feel that J-Rock was the better man tonight.”
Both fighters landed heavy shots to the head and body all night long but neither seemed to be phased by the huge shots. Both fighters face showed the wear and tear of a mighty struggle. Williams seemed to be quicker on the draw and beat Hurd to the punch most of the fight. Williams used angles better than Hurd who wanted to pose his will as he has done in past fights.
There was talk of a rematch immediately after the fight; normally there is a rematch clause in the contract. The Williams camp said if there is a rematch, Hurd will have to come up Interstate 95, to Williams’ hometown of Philadelphia.
“I definitely want a rematch,” Hurd said. “They can stitch me up right now and we can go do it.”
Local fighters on the Hurd card won their fights. Drayvontay Speed Rawls, from Glenarden won a unanimous decision to improve to 12-1 and Bowie native Greg Outlaw won in a TKO to take his record to 8-0.
Demond Nicholson from Laurel was scheduled to fight but came down with cramps and pulled out of his match.
Another local fighter was in action last Saturday in Arizona. Myke Fox won a unanimous decision with judges scoring it 96-92, twice and 95-93. Fox was coming off his first loss as a pro.
Prince George’s County is now down to one world champion. Gary Russell, Jr will defend his WBC featherweight title on May 18 at Barclays in Brooklyn.