Julian "J-Rock" Williams (born April 5, 1990) is an American professional boxer. He held the WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO light middleweight titles from 2019 to 2020. As of November 2020, Williams is ranked as the world’s fourth best active light middleweight by The Ring magazine, third best by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and fourteenth by BoxRec.
|Real name||Julian Williams|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Reach||72+1⁄2 in (184 cm)|
|Born||April 5, 1990|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Wins by KO||16|
Williams started boxing at the age of 12. He had an amateur record of 77-10. He reached number five in the rankings at national level, although never won a national tournament. Williams' trainer, Stephen Edwards, said that Williams' preparation as an amateur boxer was erratic, so began working on a more rigorous training regime as Williams turned pro.
Williams made his professional debut in May 2010, beating Antonio Chaves Fernandez technical knockout (TKO) in the first round. In April 2013, Williams became the second fighter to stop journeyman Dashon Johnson, improving his record to 12–0–1 with a third-round TKO. In his next fight, Williams won a unanimous decision (77-72, 77-72, 77-72) over former world champion Joachim Alcine. Alcine was dropped three times, but he rallied and won the final three rounds, landing significant shots on Williams. The prospect would survive and take the win. Williams next faced fellow prospect Hugo Centeno Jr., but the fight ended in a no contest after an accidental headbutt.
On 10 December 2016, Williams challenged IBF champion Jermall Charlo. Charlo retained his title with a fifth-round stoppage of Williams. Charlo dropped Williams in the second round with a powerful jab. Williams came back and fought a clever fight, making Charlo miss, slipping punches, and landing some good counters. In round five, Charlo landed a right uppercut, dropping Williams hard. Williams got up, however Charlo went for the finish, and got it with a third knockdown after a barrage of punches ending with a left hook. After the referee stopped the fight, Williams went over to congratulate Charlo. Charlo didn't want to embrace and told Williams, “I don’t want your congratulations, I want your apology.” The crowd, noticing the heat between the two corners, started to boo Charlo. In the post fight interview, Charlo stated Williams had disrespected him leading up to the fight.
On 11 May 2019, Williams beat Jarrett Hurd by unanimous decision for the unified light middleweight championship. In an early fight of the year candidate, both fighters went at war, but it was Williams who managed to drop Hurd in the second round, and got the better of him throughout the fight.
In the first time defending his belts, Williams faced Jeison Rosario, who was ranked #5 by the IBF and #9 by the WBA. Williams boxed well in the beginning, but Rosario looked like the bigger man and was holding up well to Williams' attacks. In the fifth round, Rosario dominated Williams, shaking Williams up badly and forcing the referee to stop the fight to get the upset win.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|32 fights||27 wins||3 losses|
|32||Loss||27–3–1 (1)||SD||10||Oct 9, 2021||
T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
|31||Loss||27–2–1 (1)||Jeison Rosario||TKO||5 (12), 1:37||Jan 18, 2020||Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S||Lost WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO light middleweight titles|
|30||Win||27–1–1 (1)||Jarrett Hurd||UD||12||May 11, 2019||EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.||Won WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO light middleweight titles|
|29||Win||26–1–1 (1)||Francisco Castro||KO||2 (8), 2:40||Dec 1, 2018||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|28||Win||25–1–1 (1)||Nathaniel Gallimore||MD||12||Apr 7, 2018||Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|27||Win||24–1–1 (1)||Ishe Smith||UD||10||Nov 18, 2017||Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|26||Win||23–1–1 (1)||Joshua Conley||TKO||7 (10), 0:58||Jun 30, 2017||Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|25||Loss||22–1–1 (1)||Jermall Charlo||KO||5 (12), 2:06||Dec 10, 2016||Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||For IBF light middleweight title|
|24||Win||22–0–1 (1)||Marcello Matano||TKO||7 (12), 2:24||Mar 5, 2016||Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|23||Win||21–0–1 (1)||Luciano Cuello||TKO||1 (10), 1:33||Sep 22, 2015||Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|22||Win||20–0–1 (1)||Arman Ovsepyan||TKO||6 (10), 2:43||Jun 13, 2015||Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.|
|21||Win||19–0–1 (1)||Joey Hernandez||UD||10||Apr 4, 2015||Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Canada|
|20||Win||18–0–1 (1)||Jamar Freeman||TKO||8 (10), 0:29||Dec 20, 2014||Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, U.S.|
|19||Win||17–0–1 (1)||Eliezer Gonzalez||UD||8||Sep 11, 2014||Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|18||Win||16–0–1 (1)||Michael Medina||KO||8 (10), 1:59||May 24, 2014||Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada|
|17||Win||15–0–1 (1)||Freddy Hernández||TKO||3 (10), 0:35||Mar 17, 2014||House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|16||Win||14–0–1 (1)||Orlando Lora||TKO||3 (10), 0:34||Dec 7, 2013||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|15||NC||13–0–1 (1)||Hugo Centeno Jr.||NC||4 (10), 0:59||Sep 12, 2013||MGM Grand Premier Ballroom, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||For vacant WBC International light middleweight title|
|14||Win||13–0–1||Joachim Alcine||UD||8||Jun 22, 2013||Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|13||Win||12–0–1||Dashon Johnson||TKO||3 (6), 1:43||Apr 20, 2013||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|12||Win||11–0–1||Jeremiah Wiggins||TKO||7 (8), 1:05||Jan 26, 2013||Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|11||Win||10–0–1||Jonel Tapia||TKO||7 (8), 2:10||Nov 17, 2012||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|10||Win||9–0–1||Hector Rosario||UD||8||Apr 28, 2012||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|9||Win||8–0–1||Eberto Medina||UD||6||Sep 30, 2011||National Guard Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|8||Win||7–0–1||Raul Rodriguez||UD||6||Jul 22, 2011||Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.|
|7||Draw||6–0–1||Francisco Santana||PTS||6||May 13, 2011||Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Marteze Logan||UD||4||Mar 19, 2011||Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Allan Moore||TKO||1 (4), 0:28||Jan 29, 2011||Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Mario Evangelista||UD||6||Dec 3, 2010||Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Wes Parkhurst||TKO||1 (4), 1:27||Nov 9, 2010||Remington Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Dean Peters Jr.||TKO||1 (4), 0:24||Oct 1, 2010||Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Antonio Chaves||TKO||1 (4), 1:00||May 7, 2010||2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
- "Q&A: Julian Williams". 10 September 2014.
- "Results: Williams survives resilient Alcine". 22 June 2013.
- "Hugo Centeno, Julian Williams Ends in a No-Contest".
- "Charlo vs Williams Results & Highlights | December 10, 2016". PBC Boxing. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
- "Charlo stops Williams, calls out Canelo". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
- "Julian Williams drops Jarrett Hurd in second round, wins unanimous decision". The Ring. 2019-05-11. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
- Esco, Wil (2020-01-18). "Jeison Rosario stuns Julian Williams to become unified champion". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
- @Jrockboxing (15 May 2019). "I'm a young black Muslim and I'm too positive it'll never happen" (Tweet) – via Twitter.