Julian Williams was businesslike in his dismantling of Marcello Matano on Saturday night, but things got more personal after the Philadelphia native earned his first shot at a world title.
Think about your ultimate lifelong goal—the one thing you’ve been working for years to achieve. Now imagine being one step away from it. Of course the imminent accomplishment would be front of mind 24/7. Unless you were Julian Williams.
From the moment they first lace up the gloves, boxers are taught a very simple, very important lesson: If you can take your opponent out, you take him out. Julian Williams was the living embodiment of this lesson in his last fight.
At long last, 154-pound terror Julian Williams finds himself on the precipice of a coveted world title fight
The perfect record. The nine stoppage victories in his past dozen fights. The more than two years that have passed since he last lost a round. Yeah, you pretty much need to look through a microscope—with binoculars—to find so much as a scratch in Julian Williams’ armor.