Saturday, May 11th from Fairfax, Virginia
Jarrett Hurd/Julian Williams
Julian Williams put on a spectacular performance in a big upset with previously undefeated IBF and WBA junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd.
Williams (27-1-1, 16 KO’s) took the fight straight to Hurd from the opening bell. The two fighters exchanged many shots in close quarters. In the second round Williams was all over Hurd and had him against the ropes and landed a right cross followed by a left uppercut and a left hook that dropped the champ. Williams landed more shots after Hurd got up but luckily for Hurd the round ended.
Although there were no more knockdowns, nothing really changed. Hurd (23-1, 16 KO’s) fought bravely and sustained a cut over both eyes. Hurd landed multiple right hands in the ninth which slowed Williams briefly but he came back later in the round and hammered Hurd once again.
The Judges had it 116-111, 115-112, and 115-112 for Williams. There is a rematch clause in the fight contract between the two boxers and Hurd indicated that he would exercise it.
Saturday, May 11th from Tucson, Arizona
Miguel Berchelt/Francisco Vargas
Miguel Berchelt defended his WBC junior lightweight belt in a rematch with Francisco Vargas defeating him after six rounds.
In 2017 the two fighters engaged in a huge battle that Berchelt ended up winning with an eleventh round TKO. In the rematch we got another war but this time Berchelt ended it in six.
Berchelt (36-1, 32 KO’s) was the more active fighter in the first three rounds and was landing heavier shots than Vargas. Vargas (25-2-2, 18 KO’s) gamely came back in the fourth but by the fifth it appeared that Berchelt would grind him down.
After the sixth round, Vargas went back to his corner with his face showing heavy damage. Trainer Joel Diaz threw in the towel and the night was over for the great warrior.
Emanuel Navarrete/Isaac Dogboe.
Emanuel Navarrete defeated Isaac Dogboe in their rematch to retain his WBO junior featherweight title with a TKO in the twelfth round.
Navarrete (27-1, 22 KO’s) hammered away on Dogboe the entire fight and wobbled him in rounds two and three. Dogboe (20-2, 14 KO’s) was staggering around the ring in the sixth from a series of shots from Naverrete that had him falling into the ropes and it was ruled a knockdown.
After round nine Dogboe’s corner told their fighter that they might throw in the towel. Dogboe responded with a little more urgency in the next couple round. He was ultimately knocked down in the 12th round from a huge right hand from Navarrete and the corner threw in the towel ending the bout.
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