Unified 154-Pound Champion Hurd & Top Contender Williams Near Premier Boxing Champions FOX & FOX Deportes Main Event Matchup from EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia Live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 9, 2019) - Before they square-off this Saturday night, unified 154-pound world champion "Swift" Jarrett Hurd and top contender Julian "J-Rock" Williams faced-off at the National Mall and Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Thursday as they near their Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes main event live from EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
A native of Accokeek, Maryland, Hurd will be making his return to defend his titles in front of a hometown crowd for the first time since becoming a world champion. Saturday marks Hurd's first fight in the region since his 13th pro victory in 2014 that took place at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Philadelphia's Williams will look to spoil Hurd's homecoming and become a world champion in his second title opportunity.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com).
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday afternoon:
"I feel great right now. I'm here in my city. This is where I wanted to bring the fight. Only two more days. I'm ready and I can't wait.
"There are some nerves fighting at home but they're good nerves. The energy I'm going to feel in the arena is going to get me hyped and ready to go.
"I have to treat it like any other fight. When I go out there and do what I know how to do best, I always get the win. Julian Williams is going to come on top of his game, but a graceful Jarrett Hurd is a bad night for anyone.
"My city has been behind me since day one and I made a promise to bring a fight back to them. Here I am. 'Swift Nation' is going to be in the building Saturday night."
"We had a really good camp. It was easily one of the best I ever had. I'm not worried about his fans. I'm just focused on what I have to do in the ring Saturday night.
"Every fight is a stepping-stone for the next chapter. I've just been trying to win and get back to this position. I'm coming to win this however I have to win.
"I can't concern myself with things that are out of my control. I can't control the fans or the atmosphere. I can't worry about it, so I don't worry about it."
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ABOUT HURD VS. WILLIAMS
Hurd vs. Williams pits IBF and WBA 154-pound world champion Jarrett Hurd against top contender Julian Williams in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, May 11 from EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.
Unbeaten super lightweight contender Mario "El Azteca" Barrios battles Argentina's Juan "The Pitbull" Jose Velasco in a 10-round fight and middleweight contender Matt Korobov clashes with Immanuwel Aleem in a 10-round bout as part of televised action beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
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