‘J Rock’ Julian Williams has certainly not been shy about making his feelings known in pursuit of a world title shot. And now he has the chance to back-up the talk as he risks his unbeaten record against Jermall Charlo in Los Angeles this Saturday.
Jermall Charlo Julian Williams Preview
In the Jermall Charlo Julian Williams fight this weekend Williams is the mandatory for Charlo’s IBF Super Welterweight title, which he makes the third defence of since winning it in definitive fashion last September.
Jermall 24-0(18KO’s) – the harder hitting of the Charlo twins – proved himself to be one of the elite 154lbs fighters when he boxed to near perfection against Austin Trout in his acid test this May.
Prior, Charlo had stopped both Cornelius Bundrage (TKO 3) and Wilky Campfort (TKO 4) in his first two title fights.
Against Williams 22-0-1(14KO’s), the champion may once again need to call upon those boxing skills at the higher level to come through what is expected to be a 50/50 defence.
Williams has walked through most opponents in his path, and is not short on confidence in his own punching power.
Williams was not matched easily on the way up, and soon found himself in with the likes of Dashon Johnson (TKO 3), Joachim Alcine (UD 8), Orlando Lora (TKO 3), Freddy Hernandez (TKO 3) and Michael Medina (KO 8).
That run also included contests with fellow unbeaten prospects, Hugo Centeno Jr (NC 3) and Eliezer Gonzalez (UD 8).
Highlights of Charlo’s training camp via PBC YouTube (hat tip and credit):
So, those early wars have taught Williams all he needs to know going into his first world title fight. It is hard to argue that ‘J Rock’s’ handlers could have gotten him any more prepared than he is right now.
Jermall Charlo Julian Williams Prediction
There is very little to separate the two statistically. Both are heavy handed, but are intelligent boxers with styles alike.
But those final 4 or 5 rounds in with an established world class fighter like Trout will be invaluable against another prospect for Charlo.
He can draw from that experience, and use it to mix it up over 12 rounds better than Williams can.
It is hard to see Williams having it his own way for long enough periods to really stamp his authority on this fight.
The feeling is that both fighters have a very high ceiling in this sport, and it will be a great travesty if they do not meet again when both hit the prime years of their respective careers.
While I believe that Williams may just have the higher potential, right now this is Charlo’s time to continue his streak, winning a close decision.