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Hurd vs Williams: Pros react to Julian Williams’ upset of Jarrett Hurd

The 154-pound division has a new titleholder, and very few saw it coming.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Julian Williams marched into Jarrett Hurd’s backyard and took the WBA and IBF 154-pound titles tonight in a PBC on FOX main event, outfighting the favored titleholder and earning a clear decision win over 12 rounds.

It was a terrific, hard-hitting fight, with Williams not only proving the superior boxer but able to take any attempts at rallying from Hurd, known as a slow starter who breaks opponents down. He wasn’t able to do that tonight, and all the credit for that goes to Julian Williams and his team.

It’s the sort of win that really shakes up a division and the careers of the men who were in the ring, and it will hopefully get a lot of attention post-fight, because it was a fight and a victory that deserve the attention.

Here’s what some boxing pros had to say on Twitter at the end of and then after the fight.

Let’s start with a big one:

And the rest:

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