By Tré Berry III🖊️
A home welcoming is in order, as Philadelphia’s current pride 🇺🇸Julian “J Rock” Williams (27-1-1, 16KO👊) will come home to fight in front of his home crowd for the first time as a Unified Super-Welterweight Titlist, looking to defend his WBA and IBF Titles. His first assignment as a Titlist will involve Dominican #9 WBA world contender 🇩🇴Jeison Rosario (19-1-1, 13KO👊), with the 🏟️Liacouras Center playing host to this main event.
1/13/2020 | Jeison Rosario Breakdown
Jeison Rosario has done well for himself after suffering his lone loss at the hands of 🇯🇲Nathaniel Gallimore with TKO. Gallimore of course is the lone common opponent of note between both Rosario and Williams, as Williams defeated him via MD in mid-2018. Rosario has since delivered 🇺🇸Jamontay Clark his first loss, as well as racking up a solid victory over decent opposition in 🇲🇽Jorge Cota. Rosario will now have his major shot at World Title contention, and he has 2 Titles that he has his eyes set on, and those are the ones that Williams will essentially enter the ring with on Saturday, January 18th.
1/13/2020 | Julian Williams Breakdown
The year 2019 has been the breakout year that Julian Williams had been actively working toward throughout his 10 years in the sport, and ultimately since achieving contender status and attention from the public back around 2015 when people started to pick up on his potential. He had consistent outings that lead people to believe that one day he could possibly be a Champion, of elite status in a Super-Welterweight division that was burgeoning at the time with young athletic talent. He had a difficult time getting the fights he wanted, so he continued to fight mid-level opposition to booster his contender standing, and it worked, as he received a Title shot from 🇺🇸Jermall “Hitman” Charlo, who by many was regarded as thee standout at 154 lbs, so this fight was a major test for both to see where each would stand. Unfortunately for Williams, Charlo would shine, dominating J Rock through 5 rounds in overwhelming fashion and knocking Williams out to defend his IBF strap.
CHARLO BEATING WILLIAMS TO THE PUNCH
Williams felt down in the dumps not just at the loss, but in how he lost, and he didn’t take too kindly to some of the criticism and ridicule that had gotten under his skin, so he took about 7 months off to re-calibrate his mind. He came back and scored wins over former Titlist 🇺🇸Ishe Smith and the aforementioned 🇯🇲Nathaniel Gallimore to soon get a shot at Unified World Titlist 🇺🇸Jarrett “Sw⚡ft” Hurd, who was riding high after defeating Cuban standout 🇨🇺Erislandy Lara, and being looked at as the top boxer in the division with Jermall Charlo’s move up to Middleweight. Williams finally put all the pieces of his arsenal together and delivered his greatest performance as a pro, and stalked the stalker in Hurd, beating him at his own game, overcoming his inner demons, and outpointing Hurd to snatch both of his Titles from his possession.
WILLIAMS LANDING AN UPPERCUT ON HURD
Now Williams will see what it is like stepping in his shoes, and being in the hot-seat, as the sought after Champion who is in possession of 2 of the 4 Title belts. We will see if he has mentally made the transition of having a Championship approach and mindset to his craft to plant the 🚩flag of statement in owning up to its responsibilities as Champion.
Saturday, January 18th, 2020
Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Super-Welterweight Championship Contest
WBA Super-Welterweight Title
IBF Super-Welterweight Title