Julian Williams expected a long, fruitful, and dominant reign at the top of the junior middleweight division after his close but clear victory over Jarrett Hurd on May 11, 2019. However, while the native of Philadelphia envision endless years in the game, his. The championship was interrupted by Jeison Rosario in his next fight.
While trying to right the ship, Williams would come up short again in his most recent appearance, losing to walk-on Vladimir Hernandez. With back-to-back defeats saddled to his record, Williams (27-3-1, 16 KOs) opted to squeeze down his ever-growing frame to the 154-pound weight limit. Instead, the 32-year-old former champion will try to dip his toes in a new category.
“We’re working on something,” Williams told BoxingScene.com. “I’m a water test at 60.”
Since winning the WBA and IBF world titles with Hurd, some of the division’s top fighters have felt a similar run. Like Williams, Rosario will lose his title in his next fight against Jermell Charlo. The superstar would go on to hold his three titles before finally taking the WBO title from Brian Castano earlier this year.
Although Williams has always flirted with the idea of facing Charlo, the current belt holder has a number of mandatory title defenses, the first of which will take place early next year against Tim Tszyu.
In any case, Williams will leave the only division he has competed in since becoming a contender in 2010. As for who Williams will target in his return to the ring, he remains mostly mum on his potential opponent. However, with a long list of middleweight names, including Gennadiy Golovkin and Jermall Charlo, Williams has stated that he is ready to face anyone who will give him the opportunity to regain the glory of the championship.
“Whoever gets the world title. I want the world war.”