The feisty Philadelphian sprung an emotional upset of the previously unbeaten Jarrett Hurd to capture the WBA and IBF junior middleweight titles on Saturday
Julian Williams sprung a shocking upset of the previously unbeaten Jarrett Hurd to capture the WBA and IBF junior middleweight titles on Saturday night at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.
Williams, who went off as a 5-1 underdog in Hurds backyard, floored the champion in the second round on his way to a unanimous decision after 12 rounds of mostly close-quarters action by scores of 116-111 and 115-112 (twice) on the campus of George Mason University.
The wildly entertaining scrap completed a comeback for the 29-year-old from West Philadelphia known as J Rock, who has won five in a row since suffering a fifth-round knockout loss to Jermall Charlo in his only other world title shot in December 2016.
Afterward a teary-eyed Williams, who was homeless at 13 and watched his mother battle drug addiction, was so overcome by emotion that he had trouble conducting the in-ring interview.
They told me I was done, that I had no chin, Williams said. Jarretts such a great fighter and he pushed me. I got so motivated because everybody was doubting me. I turned my Twitter off, I turned my Instagram off. I blocked out all the good stuff, I blocked out all the bad stuff. The boxing world, they make it seem like fighters take a loss and they cant come back, and I just knew that wasnt the case. Stop condemning fighters after they take a loss.