Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas - Junior middleweight contender Julian Williams (24-1-1, 15 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over former world champion Ishe Smith (29-9, 12 KOs). The scores were 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93 for Williams.
In his last fight back in June, Williams bounced back from his knockout loss to Jermall Charlo, by stopping Joshua Conley in Toledo.
Coming into this fight, Smith won two fights in a row since losing a majority decision to Vanes Martirosyan in September 2015. He was also fighting for the first time since September 2016.
Williams came out working the jab to the head and body. The jab was creating opportunities for Williams to land his combinations. The faster hands of Williams, and his jab, were giving Smith issues.
Williams was letting his hands go in the second round. There was a clash of heads that cut Smith around his left eye and it was bothering him. He was pawing at the eye and that allowed Williams to catch him with several hard shots.
Smith was getting more active in the third, letting his hands go, but Williams was still connected with the bigger punches and the more accurate shots. Williams continued to do the better work in the fourth.
In the fifth, Smith really let his hands go and may have even buzzed Williams with a series of combinations. Williams was starting to come back, connected very well and then Smith landed another hard combination at the end of the round.
Smith was applying a lot of pressure in the sixth, coming forward and looking to make it a tough fight. Williams stopped throwing the jab as much because Smith was countering over it. They were trading some heavy punches in the final thirty seconds.
The seventh was close, with each fighter finding spots of success. Smith was digging hard to the body and Williams was going well to the head. In the final minute of the round, Smith once again rallied with a series of punches that shook Williams up. There was another clash of heads that created a new cut around the left eye of Smith.
Another close round in the eight, with Smith really landing some solid hooks to the body and Williams landing well to the head. Some solid punches by both in the ninth round. Smith was landing some solid combinations, especially to the body. Williams was going to the head and body. A very hard left rattled Smith, but he then came firing back with a lot of punches in the final ten seconds to likely steal the round.
In the tenth and final round, Williams came out pressing the action and pushing Smith back. There was another clash of heads that hurt Smith and break was called by the referee. When the action resumed they were trading some heavy punches and each fighter was having their moments, but Smith seemed to be busier and landing more punches when the bell rang to signal the end of the fight.