“ My actions will speak louder than my words. ”
win vs Ishe Smith
Nov 18, 2017 / The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Neveda
Williams didn't get the stoppage he sought, but scored a hard-earned UD win over former 154-pound champ Ishe Smith in his hometown.
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The scorecards might not have reflected how truly tough Julian Williams' unanimous decision win over former 154-pound champion Ishe Smith was Saturday night, but the top-ranked contender from Philadelphia had no trouble admitting he was in a dog fight on the center of the Las Vegas strip.
Former 154-pound champion Ishe Smith looking to prove he has a final title run left in him, while young contender Julian "J-Rock" Williams aiming to prove first loss of his career was a fluke as he continues his own pursuit of a world title this Saturday night on Bounce TV.
This week on PBC Jabs, top 154-lb contender Julian Williams checks in for a round of Rapid Fire and we preview our November 17th, 18th and 21st fight cards!
Win vs Joshua Conley 22-1-1
Jun 30, 2017 • Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Joshua Conley by TKO in Round 7 of 10
LOSS vs Jermall Charlo
Dec 10, 2016 • Galen Center, Los Angeles
Jermall Charlo WINS against Julian Williams by KO in Round 5 of 12
Win vs Marcello Matano
Mar 05, 2016 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Julian Williams WINS against Marcello Matano by TKO in Round 7 of 12
Win vs Luciano Cuello
Sep 22, 2015 • Sands Casino, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Julian Williams WINS against Luciano Cuello by TKO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Arman Ovsepyan 14-4-0
Jun 13, 2015 • Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Arman Ovsepyan by TKO in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Joey Hernandez 24-2-1
Apr 04, 2015 • Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Julian Williams WINS against Joey Hernandez by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Jamar Freeman 13-3-2
Dec 20, 2014 • Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Jamar Freeman by TKO in Round 8 of 10
Win vs Eliezer Gonzalez 14-0-0
Sep 11, 2014 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Eliezer Gonzalez by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Michael Medina 26-4-2
May 24, 2014 • Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Julian Williams WINS against Michael Medina by KO in Round 8 of 10
Win vs Freddy Hernandez 30-6-0
Mar 17, 2014 • House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Freddy Hernandez by KO in Round 3 of 10
Win vs Orlando Lora 29-4-2
Dec 07, 2013 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Orlando Lora by TKO in Round 3 of 10
No Contest vs Hugo Centeno Jr 19-0-0
Sep 12, 2013 • MGM Grand, MGM Conference Center, Premier Ballroom, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Julian Williams Hugo Centeno Jr by NC in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Joachim Alcine 33-4-1
Jun 22, 2013 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Joachim Alcine by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Dashon Johnson 14-10-3
Apr 20, 2013 • Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Dashon Johnson by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Jeremiah Wiggins 10-1-1
Jan 26, 2013 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Jeremiah Wiggins by TKO in Round 7 of 8
Win vs Jonel Tapia 8-2-1
Nov 17, 2012 • Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Jonel Tapia by TKO in Round 7 of 8
Win vs Hector Rosario 7-1-2
Apr 28, 2012 • Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Hector Rosario by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Eberto Medina 5-6-1
Sep 30, 2011 • National Guard Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Eberto Medina by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Raul Rodriguez 2-5-1
Jul 22, 2011 • Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Raul Rodriguez by UD in Round 6 of 6
Draw vs Francisco Santana 12-2-0
May 13, 2011 • Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA
Julian Williams DRAWS with Francisco Santana by PTS in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Marteze Logan 26-44-2
Mar 19, 2011 • Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Marteze Logan by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Allan Moore 2-9-0
Jan 29, 2011 • Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Allan Moore by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Mario Evangelista 3-7-0
Dec 03, 2010 • Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Mario Evangelista by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Wes Parkhurst 0-1-0
Nov 09, 2010 • Remington Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Wes Parkhurst by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Dean Peters Jr 1-2-0
Oct 01, 2010 • Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Dean Peters Jr by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Antonio Chaves Fernandez 0-4-0
May 07, 2010 • South Philly Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Julian Williams WINS against Antonio Chaves Fernandez by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Philadelphia has a rich boxing history, with the City of Brotherly Love producing dozens of world champions in the sport. Julian “J-Rock” Williams could become the next Philly fighter to join that list. Since making his pro debut in 2010, Williams has quickly proven himself as a serious threat in the 154-pound division, and is nearing his shot at a world title.
Another Philly fighter is born
Williams initially was into basketball as a kid, but he began boxing at the age of 12 after talking to a fighter who he saw running every day. That meeting led Williams to visit the gym, where he soon began training and competing in amateur bouts.
“I stepped in the ring and I knew I was going to be a champion. Right there, I knew I wanted to box,” Williams told MaxBoxing.com in 2014. “I can’t explain it. It was just a feeling when I got in the ring that this is what I wanted to do and I’ve been boxing ever since.”
He won the 2005 Silver Golden Gloves Regional title at 15 years old, then the Junior Olympic Regionals the following year, but he couldn’t break through on the national level. Williams began working in 2007 with trainer Stephen “Breadman” Edwards, who encouraged the fighter to get serious about his training and diet.
Competing at 152 pounds, Williams lost to Errol Spence Jr. in the 2009 U.S. National Championships, and then to Miroslav Lokes at the 2009 National Golden Gloves. He then decided to turn professional, ending his amateur career with a record of 77-10.
A knockout from the start
Williams opened his pro career with three straight first-round TKOs, beginning with Antonio Chavez Fernandez in May 2010.
Under the guidance of Edwards, Williams honed his ring skills as began his climb within the 154-pound division. After going 4-0-1 in five fights in 2011, Williams was less active in 2012, winning a unanimous decision over Hector Rosario in April before gaining a seventh-round TKO of Jonel Tapia in November.
Williams increased his profile in 2013 with bouts against five veteran opponents with a combined record of 105-18-7. After earning third-round stoppages of both Jeremiah Wiggins and Dashon Johnson early in the year, Williams then won an eight-round unanimous decision over former 154-pound world champion Joachim Alcine in Brooklyn, New York, in June.
Williams’ year was not without heartbreak, though, as his mother died in August, one month before he took on unbeaten Hugo Centeno Jr. in Las Vegas. The fight ended in a no contest when an early accidental clash of heads resulted in Centeno being cut and the bout being stopped.
Williams got back into the ring in December, when he stopped veteran Orlando Lora in the third round to improve to 14-0-1.
Big steps toward title contention
Williams continued his tear through the division in 2014. In March, he dropped former world title contender Freddy Hernandez with a counter right to the head in the opening minute of their bout in Boston before finishing him off with a left cross to the head in the third round.
He then scored an eighth-round KO of tough-nosed veteran Michael Medina in Montreal in May with a pinpoint series of punches.
In a battle of undefeated prospects in September 2014, Williams pitched a shutout on all three judges’ scorecards over eight rounds in Las Vegas to defeat Eliezer Gonzalez, who was 14-0 entering the fight.
Williams wrapped up 2014 with an eighth-round TKO of Jamar Freeman in Shelton, Washington, in December.
He stepped up his pursuit of a world title in April 2015, when he won a 10-round unanimous decision over seasoned southpaw Joey Hernandez in Quebec City. He then earned a sixth-round TKO over Arman Ovsepyan in Birmingham, Alabama, in June 2015 to run his record to 20-0-1.