Undefeated and unified 154-pound champion “Swift” Jarrett Hurd of Accokeek, Md., will defend his WBA/IBF/IBO championships against contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams of Philadelphia on Saturday, May 11 at George Mason University’s Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Va.
The bout will be televised live on Fox and Fox Deportes.
For Hurd (23-0, 16 KOs), it will be the third defense of his IBF title and the second of the WBA and IBO crowns. In his last outing, he successfully defended his titles with a fourth-round knockout of Jason Welborn on Dec. 1 in Los Angeles.
The fight will be Hurd’s first in the region since November 2014 when he scored a first-round knockout over Terry Cade at Constitution Hall in D.C.
Williams (26-1-1, 16 KOs) is the number-one contender in the IBF rankings and will make his second attempt at a world title. His lone loss came in December 2016 when he was knocked out in the fifth round by Jermall Charlo for the IBF super welterweight title in Los Angeles.
Williams has won four straight bouts since that loss, including a second-round knockout of Francisco Javier Castro on the same Dec. 1 card in Los Angeles.
There will be another D.C.-area boxer on the card as Richmond, Va., middleweight “The Chosen One” Immanuwel Aleem takes on veteran Matt Korobov of St. Petersburg, Fla., by way of Russia in a 10-round bout.
Aleem (18-1-1, 11 KOs) bounced back from his third-round knockout loss to Hugo Centeno in August 2017 by stopping Juan De Angel in the sixth round on May 19 at MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, Md. Korobov (28-2, 14 KOs) looks to regain his winning ways after dropping a 12-round unanimous decision to Jermall Charlo for the interim WBC middleweight title on Dec. 22 in New York City’s Brooklyn borough.
Korobov was a late substitution in that bout and gave a good accounting of himself. His two losses have been in world title bouts, the first coming in December 2014 in a sixth-round TKO to Andy Lee for the WBO middleweight crown in Las Vegas.
This will be the first boxing card held at Eagle Bank Arena since Oct. 17, 2015, when Lamont Peterson defeated Felix Diaz by 12-round majority decision. That was also the card where Prichard Colon was badly injured in a bout against Terrell Williams.
Tickets for the May 11 card go on sale Thursday, March 28 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com.