Fight fans were shocked to see a report drop on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 (via Keith Idec of Boxing Scene) stating former unified Jr. Middleweight champion, “Swift” Jarrett Hurd, had withdrawn from his highly-anticipated rematch against Julian “J-Rock” Williams.
The first scrap between Hurd and Williams was an exciting brawl that saw the hometown champion, Hurd dropped for the first time in his career and soundly defeated.
Williams handed Hurd his first loss and took his belts in the process. That fight could very well be the Fight of the Year in 2019, but unfortunately for fight fans the two will not be tangling again this year.
While he is disappointed, Williams is not shocked by Hurd’s decision.
“I have no idea at this point if I ever fight him. I don’t know if he moves up, or not,” said Williams. “I’m pretty sure my team will get together and get me a fight I deserve to stay busy. I’m always willing to fight the best available guy. I’m ready and prepared.”
It is unclear why Hurd decided to withdraw from the bout, as no formal statement from the Accokeek, Maryland natives camp has been released.
Perhaps Hurd, who routinely blows up past 180 pounds in between fights, is set to make a run at Middleweight. He’s certainly got the frame and ability to compete with the big dogs at 160, but only time will tell if he’s still interested in trying to avenge his only professional loss against Williams.