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Jarrett Hurd working on “hometown fight” with Julian Williams

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Hurd intends to move to middleweight next year

Jarrett Hurd v Jason Welborn Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

IBF/WBA “Super” super welterweight champion Jarrett Hurd’s plans for further unification are on standby after Tony Harrison’s controversial upset of Jermell Charlo. While that sorts itself out, Hurd confirmed to Tha Boxing Voice that he’s looking to fight number-one IBF contender Julian Williams in Washington D.C.

He also stated that he intends to move up to 160 pounds in 2020 and perhaps ultimately wind up at 168.

Williams (26-1-1, 16 KO) had a solid head of steam behind him going into his 2016 bout with Jermall Charlo, but suffered a pair of knockdowns on his way to a fifth-round stoppage loss. “J-Rock” is 4-0 since that defeat, stoppages of Joshua Conley and Francisco Javier Castro sandwiching decisions over Ishe Smith and Nathaniel Gallimore.

Hurd (23-0, 16 KO), who actually knocked Harrison out for the belt back in 2017, unified in March with a terrific split decision victory over Erislandy Lara. He returned eight months later to knock out Jason Welborn with a body shot on the Wilder-Fury undercard.