Advertisement: IBO Boxing
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com
Advertisement

Julian Williams: I'm Motivated By Glory, Titles And Money

By Jake Donovan

For years while on the way up, Julian “J-Rock” Williams carried something of a boogeyman aura into his fights. The super welterweight contender from Philadelphia still finds it difficult to find willing in-ring participants, gladly accepting any fight that comes his way.

It led to a slow-moving process from prospect to contender, and even more so while finally waiting on what would become an overdue title shot. His Dec. ’16 clash with then-unbeaten 154-pound titlist Jermall Charlo didn’t go quite as expected, as Williams was competitive early before getting caught and eventually stopped in five rounds.

The loss didn’t knock him too far down the divisional rankings, but it didn’t change the viewpoint of his divisional peers being in a hurry to meet him in the ring.

“I don't know if I got forgotten, but I don't see too many guys coming to pick me,” Williams (26-1-1, 16KOs) noted of his post-title fight run, in which he’s won his last four starts. “Nobody's beating down my door. So, I think maybe a little bit underrated, yes.

“Have I been forgotten? I'm not going to say forgotten, like some of these sports writers or experts might say. I wasn't going to let that happen. I know how boxing works. Losses happen. Knockouts happen. Just because you take a loss that doesn't mean you can't come back and be a great fighter.”

julian-williams (3)_8

Williams will have that very chance in his next fight versus unbeaten, unified 154-pound titlist Jarrett Hurd (23-0, 16KOs).

The bout will take place May 11, live in primetime on Fox from EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Va., less than 30 minutes from Hurd’s hometown of Accokeek, Md. The event will mark the first appearance for Hurd in the greater Washington D.C. area since his days as a rising prospect, returning home not only as a local hero but as a rising star within the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) circuit.

Hurd has been prominently featured in several segments of Fox Sports’ Inside PBC Boxing series and continues to be groomed for a three-belt unification bout with the winner of the forthcoming rematch between Tony Harrison and Jermell Charlo.

Williams’ inclusion in promotional events leading up to fight night has been limited to sharing the spotlight with Hurd. It’s a fate he accepts, fully expecting the industry to come correct should he prevail on the road.

Just don’t expect him to lose sleep over any of it. 

“I'm motivated by the glory, the titles, and the money; that's it,” Williams insists, not paying any mind to the extra attention being afforded to his opponent or the dismissal of his own chances in this matchup. “Everybody has an opinion, so I don't really care or dig too far into people's views on the fight.

“I can't get into that because if I do, I'll be on social media until 3 in the morning every night. I have to take those things in stride. And after I win the fight on May 11th, then everybody's going to run back and say "he's a great fighter." I just want to cash my check and see my kids. That's it.”

 Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by The D3vil on 05-02-2019

Well duh, what else would you be fighting for?

Comment by Zodogg on 05-02-2019

Charlo got robbed plain and simple. He chased that bum all night and still threw more and landed more specifically the hard and clean shots

Comment by Bronx2245 on 05-02-2019

[QUOTE=KTFOKING;19709128]Yep, this is a really really good match up. Still think we end up getting Hurd vs Charlo when it is all said and done, but wouldn't be surprised if it is Williams vs Harrison instead. Should be a damn…

Comment by KTFOKING on 05-02-2019

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19709117]In my Bart Scott voice: "Can't Wait!"[/QUOTE] Yep, this is a really really good match up. Still think we end up getting Hurd vs Charlo when it is all said and done, but wouldn't be surprised if it is Williams…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 05-02-2019

In my Bart Scott voice: "Can't Wait!"

ADD COMMENT VIEW COMMENTS (6)
Advertisement
Top Headlines
McCaskill Reflects Meeting Braekhus, Showdown Comes To Fruition Stevenson: If Frampton Beats Herring - I'll Whoop His Ass For Jamel! Joshua Franco Presented With WBA Belt By Oscar De La Hoya Miguel Cotto Pushes Back Event in San Juan To October 17 James-Dulorme FOX Fight Peaked At 1,224,000 Viewers; Averaged 1,076,000 Navarrete-Magdaleno Purse Bid Won By Top Rank; Eyed For Oct. 17 or 24 In Las Vegas Josh Taylor-Apinun Khongsong Being Lined Up For September in London Warren: Fury is Not Fighting Whyte, He Wants Joshua - Whyte Can Fight Dubois! Brian Mendoza vs. Cornflake LaManna Set For August 29, FS1 Ryan Garcia-Luke Campbell Deal Reached "In Principle", WBC Purse Bid Delayed Adam Deines vs. Nadjib Mohammedi on August 22 Tyson-Jones To Have Belt & Scoring: Badou Jack, Viddal Riley Added To Card Whyte-Povetkin: Jack Cullen vs. Zak Chelli Added To Card Otto Wallin: I Feel Good About This Matchup With Kauffman Benavidez: Fight With Berlanga Can Be Great Rivalry Down The Line Warren: Fury Doesn't Want To Wait For Wilder Till 2021 - Let's Fight Joshua Next Carl Frampton Motivated To Exceed Career Standing of Barry McGuigan Jessica McCaskill Would Love Second Crack at Katie Taylor John Docherty Aims To Impress Big Against Anthony Fox Froch Wonders if Mike Tyson Might Lose The Plot in Jones Fight Peter Fury: In His Next Fight, People Will See That Hughie Has Arrived! All-Star Boxing Partners With NYC Laboratories For Telemundo Summer Season Recalling Steward's Brilliance an Appropriate Way To Celebrate Milestone Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs. Mario Cazares in Play For September 25 Regis Prograis, DiBella Entertainment In Process Of Finalizing Separation Agreement Rob Brant-Vitaliy Kopylenko ESPN+ Co-Feature For Alvarez-Smith Show 8/22 Peter Nelson Expected To Leave HBO Sports in Coming Weeks Jerwin Ancajas Wants To Unify, Open To Facing Joshua Franco Omar Rosario, 6x National Champion, To Make Pro Debut On August 21 Telemundo Bill Carl Frampton, Darren Traynor - Face To Face at Final Presser Duke Ragan Inks Promotional Pact With Top Rank Fedor Chudinov Pushing For Mandatory WBA Shot at 168-Pounds Michael Conlan: Takoucht Fight is a Good Test For Me Arum: Fury-Wilder Will Happen, Even in 2021 - Then Joshua or Whyte Angulo: I Was Ready For Benavidez Before, Much More Prepared Now DiBella: Serrano-Taylor Revivable, But I Doubt Within Next 18 Months Or So Darren Traynor Secured As New Opponent For Carl Frampton Porter: If Spence Isn't The Same As When We Fought, Garcia Very Well Could Win Berchelt: Valdez Will Need To Make Changes if He Wants To Face Me! McCaskill: Fully Confident Of Beating Braekhus; If Not Now, When?
Advertisement
Advertisement
Latest Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement