Julian Williams turned in a masterful performance versus Jarrett Hurd, outboxing and outbrawling him to win a 12-round decision and become the unified World Super Welterweight Champion.
Hurd defends his IBF and WBA Super Welterweight titles in front of his hometown fans at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia; while undefeated Super Lightweight contender Mario Barrios battles Juan Jose Velasco in the co-feature and Middleweight contender Matt Korobov clashes with Immanuwel Aleem.
Welterweight contender and Minneapolis fan-favorite Jamal James faces Mexico's Mahonry Montes August 24 on FS1
Middleweight contenders Willie Monroe Jr. and Immanuwel Aleem square-off in the co-main event, while unbeaten rising prospect Jamontay Clark steps in against once-beaten Jeison Rosario in super welterweight action from the Armory in Minneapolis.
Maryland native puts on a show for his hometown fans as he dominates previously unbeaten challenger at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Sergiy Derevyanchenko wore down Tureano Johnson in a punishing performance before putting him away in the final round to earn his shot at a world title.
It’s fitting that Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Tureano Johnson have been paired together for their upcoming 160-pound title eliminator. Both middleweights have believed for years to be ready for a world title fight, yet are also the type to take whatever challenge is offered in a climate where most others would’ve shied away from being matched so tough without a major trophy at stake.
Here’s what we knew about Immanuwel Aleem and Jonathan Cepeda heading into their 160-pound clash last spring: Both fighters were a combined 32-1-0 with 24 knockouts. Here’s what we learned after eight insanely explosive rounds: Both fighters could throw and absorb a helluva punch.
Immanuwel Aleem dished out all he could over eight rounds, and Jonathan Cepeda kept on taking it.