Anyone who wants a shot at the new WBA and IBF Super Welterweight champion Julian “J-Rock” Williams, is going to have to play by his rules.
The first one is easy: Don’t call the promoter Al Haymon, Call the drug testing lab, VADA.
VADA is the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association which is an independent organization founded to offer and promote effective anti-doping.
J-Rock went on his Twitter yesterday and proclaimed as such.
In a tweet Sunday night, he mentioned:
“Just a friendly reminder for my future opponents I will be requesting at least 90 DAYS RANDOM BLOOD TESTING BY @Vada_Testing ? won’t be cycling off on me ??♂️ now we’re gonna find out who’s really the best in the 154lbs div.”
Just a friendly reminder for my future opponents I will be requesting at least 90 DAYS RANDOM BLOOD TESTING BY @Vada_Testing 😊 won’t be cycling off on me 🙅🏽♂️ now we’re gonna find out who’s really the best in the 154lbs div
— Jrock (@Jrockboxing) May 19, 2019
This sentiment was echoed by his trainer Stephen “Breadman” Edwards. He first mentioned this in a conversation on the “Talkbox Boxing Podcast” after the fight but also mentioned it in a tweet late Sunday night as well.
In his tweet he stated: “Any junior middleweights want to fight Julian Williams
@Jrockboxing don’t call Al 1st, call @Vada_Testing 1st then hit up the big guy. 3+ months of testing or NO bump. We don’t care who you are.”
— Stephen Edwards (@BreadmanBoxing) May 19, 2019
The importance of testing comes fresh off the failure of Jarrell Miller’s test for performance-enhancing drugs three times before they revoked his license and was unable to compete against heavyweight Anthony Joshua in his upcoming fight that made waves in the boxing community.
Edwards did mention while on with the podcast that in preparation for this fight against then-champion Jarrett Hurd, that the only condition that they requested was the testing 3 months before the fight which Team Hurd had agreed to before their showdown on May 11 which Williams won by unanimous decision.
In terms of who Williams gets to face next is currently in his hands. He currently has two options.
One option would be a unification bout between the rematch winner of WBC super welterweight Champion Tony Harrison and Jermell Charlo
The other option is a rematch with Hurd as he does have a rematch clause that was set up as part of the fight conditions.
Whoever will be Williams first opponent for his title defense is, they will certainly be drug-free.