By Tré Berry III🖊️
Well…the welcoming home party did not go according to plan for 🇺🇸Julian “J Rock” Williams (27-2-1, 16KO👊) as he was cut, beaten and battered through 5 rounds by 🇩🇴Jeison Rosario (20-1-1, 14KO👊) to earn the biggest win of his life to become the new WBA/IBF Super-Welterweight Champion of the World, on the road in front of a stunned crowd at the 🏟️Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1/18/2020 | The Fight Recap
J Rock came out fresh and was razor sharp with his counter right cross over the top when Rosario would commit with his jab or hook, often bringing the hand back too low out of defensive positioning to intercept the counters. It didn’t appear early that J Rock let success get to his head after his career-altering victory over 🇺🇸Jarrett “Sw⚡ft” Hurd, coming out for this fight against Santana in shape, instinctive, and active. Rosario managed to open up a cut over Julian Williams eye with a counter-jab, and the cut was a pretty bad one. Rosario gained confidence after seeing the sight of blood, and landed a couple of thudding right hands towards the end of the round, adding a slew of intrigue to the early stages of the fight.
Jeison Rosario of course is not 🇵🇷Felix Trinidad, but the way he was winging his power shots and contorting his body to put everything into the end of his punches was reminiscent of how Felix threw his shots, as Santana was trying to put a hurting on Williams and 💣bomb him out.
Williams got his focus back though in the 3rd round and was careful about re-establishing his jab and evading the incoming power shots. Santana was doing a good job in speeding Williams up, luring him into a slugfest and taking J Rock’s advantages to box from the outside away, creating an angst in the crowd with every exchange as Rosario landed enough crosses and left hooks to matter. Williams of course held his own in those exchanges, but brought forth a little nervous energy from the Williams fans at the Liacouras Center.
LIVING OUT THE DREAM – Rosario being 5’11 and possessing long reach threw Williams game off, being that Williams wanted to box from long distance, and in the 5th round, all hell broke loose against Williams as he was clipped with a major left hook and a right hand. Williams was reduced to wobbly legs, and his cognition was all over the place as Rosario came in and assaulted J Rock with nonstop power punching, knocking him around the ring. Williams in desperation tried to hold on to Santana, staggering all across the ring before he finally went down under his own volition. Active 🗣️Referee Benjy Esteves Jr. coaxed him to get up on his feet, but Williams took his time as if he was taking an 8-count, signifying how hurt he really was. He got up, and tried to punch in between Santana’s punches, but Santana was landing at too high a 📎clip. While Williams was against the ropes, Santana landed a sneak power right uppercut that snapped Julius head all the way up, then followed with a lethal left hook. Williams legs was completely shot, and Esteves stepped in to stop the fight. Ladies and gentleman, we have a brand new Unified WBA & IBF Super-Welterweight Champion, and his name is 🇩🇴Jeison “Banana” Rosario from the Dominican Republic.
A REMIX TO THE DIVISION – How quickly things change, especially in the Super-Welterweight division. Not too long ago, you had 🇺🇸Julian Williams and 🇺🇸Tony Harrison sitting atop the division, yet 🇺🇸Jermall Charlo came back to exact his revenge against Harrison, knocking him out to get his WBC chip back, while Julian Williams had his eyes set (not to say he overlooked his opponent here) on a possible 2020 rematch with 🇺🇸Jarrett Hurd later this year, only to be upended by 🇩🇴Jeison Rosario who forged the early front-runner candidate for 🏆Upset of the year in 2020. The WBO belt in the division is held by Brazilian 🇧🇷Patrick Teixeira, which further signifies the changing tide of the 154 lb division. The division is brimmed with talent, and it continues to deliver surprises to the boxing world, and it will be very interesting to see what it is that Rosario will want to do next, with the WBA and the IBF Titles in hand.
1/13/2020 | Philly Welcomes Home its Champion – Julian Williams Looks to Defend Unified Titles Against Jeison Rosario
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