It’s a big night in his hometown of Philadelphia for Unified Junior Middleweight champion Julian “J-Rock” Williams. And, he looks for an impressive showing potentially set up one or possibly, two big rematches down the road.
First, J-Rock will be in the ring for the first time in 8 months. That’s, when he upset previously-unbeaten Jarrett Hurd for the IBF and WBA 154 lb. title in May of 2019 in a tremendous toe-to-toe 12-round battle.
Williams scored in early knockdown of Hurd, then out slugged Hurd (above) over a 12 round unanimous decision defeat in his hometown of Fairfax, Virginia.
Now, Saturday night on the campus of Temple University, it’s Williams is turn to fight in front of the home fans on over-the-air network United States TV with the PBC on Fox series.
And , while he’s going against little-known but talented Dominican opponent Jeison Rosario (19-1-1), there is a lot more riding beyond this fight.
Williams will obviously have the option to rematch Hurd with a much bigger payday later in 2020. And, he may also set his sights on WBC middleweight champion, Jermall Charlo.
Charlo knocked out J-Rock (handing him his only pro defeat) in the fifth round of their December 2016 bout for the IBF version of the 154-pound title. However, since then, Charlo has now moved up in weight. He currently holds the WBC middleweight belt having defended it successfully three times ,including recently, in December with a TKO win over Dennis Hogan.
Meantime, J-Rock has now won five straight times since the Charlo loss and does have 16 Knockouts in his 27 wins. And, it remains to be seen if he will be spectacular at the Licouras Center Saturday night in front of a partisan crowd.
If he is spectacular lots of lucrative fights will be in his future while holding two of the major organization Jr. Middleweight belts.