Hurd vs Williams 'will live up to the hype': Ed Levine interview

Chris Glover
10/05/2019 7:30pm

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions

The Jarrett Hurd vs Julian Williams showdown this weekend highlights a big weekend for the International Boxing Organisation. Chris Glover speaks to IBO president Ed Levine...

The International Boxing Organisation has been a part of professional boxing for over 20 years and has been an instrumental figure in the careers of many legendary figures of the sport in that period of time. With fighters such as Ricky Hatton, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko, Gennady Golovkin and more future Hall of Famers having held IBO titles for large parts of their careers.

This weekend sees a big weekend for the organisation. IBO titles are regularly contested far and wide, but this weekend an unprecedented amount of fights include a variety of IBO titles including what could turn out to be a fight of the year between the all-action pair of Jarret Hurd and Julian Williams, in which the IBF and WBA 'super' belts are also on the line.

Ed Levine discussed all of the fights this weekend with Boxing Monthly, as well as the logic and reasoning behind the approach the International Boxing Organisation take in the current unique climate that is the boxing business.

The Florida based Levine stated: "The IBO benefits two types of fighters, those on the rise to the top and those at the very top. Jarrett Hurd vs Julian Williams is a top of the line fight. It is the best fighting the best in the same way the IBO belt was contested when Erislandy Lara fought Hurd. It's a tremendous fight and it will define for me who is the number 1 super welterweight out there and I believe the fight will live up to the hype.

"Also on the card in Fairfax, Virginia is the veteran Paulus Ambunda defending the IBO super bantamweight title against American Stephen Fulton. This is really a no-lose fight for both fighters as the winner will hold not just the world title but massive exposure to the boxing public."

Levine continued, opening up about some of the other title fights occurring this weekend, "I really am looking forward to the IBO Intercontinental title fight between Alexandru Marin and Luis Concepcion. Concepcion has been a fantastic servant to the sport of boxing and he is really trying to get back to the elite level. Marin is a fighter on the rise and he knows if he beats a great fighter in Concepcion this will elevate him towards world titles next."

The IBO also works heavily in many African regions, and generally in parts of the globe that don't create massive revenues from boxing. The long term IBO head honcho discussed the reasoning behind why the IBO takes this approach to boxing in different parts of the globe.

Levine said, "We have a great IBO All Africa title fight this weekend in South Africa involving a fighter called Rowan Campbell, who is heavily touted as a future world star. We like to try to do our best to help fighters like Rowan get the step up they need in order to make it on a world scene. It could be said the IBO help to support the implementation of the building blocks to fighters careers based on how good they are, not how much money they draw.”