Williams on Charlo-Rosario: ‘It’s A 50-50 Fight’
A true entity that can judge the skills of top-caliber boxers is one who has competed against them. Former WBA, IBF, and IBO Light-Middleweight Champion Julian Williams has only experienced two losses in his career. One of those losses comes from a fighter he has faced, the other the brother of one who he wanted to compete against.
Speaking on the PBC Podcast, Williams (27-2-1, 1NC) discussed the idea of Jermell Charlo and Jeison Rosario facing off against one another. Jermell (33-1), the WBC Light-Middleweight Champion, is brothers with Jermall Charlo (30-0), the WBC Middleweight Champion. The latter beat Williams in 2016 to retain his then IBF Junior-Middleweight Title. Rosario’s (20-1-1) last fight was against Williams, beating him for the WBA, IBF, and IBO belts.
“I think it’s a good fight,” Williams stated, via Boxing Scene. “It’s a 50-50 fight. You know what I mean? Charlo’s not unbeatable and neither is Rosario. It’s a good fight to make.
“I think it’s close; It depends on who shows up that night. You know what I mean? Who has the better game plan. It depends on a lot of different things. But I think it’s a 50-50 fight.”
Williams was hoping to face Jermell Charlo at some point. After his loss to Jermall, Williams went on a five-fight win streak. During that time, he beat Jarrett Hurd for the aforementioned titles. Rosario then beat him via TKO to cancel those plans.
Rosario has since stated he wants a unification bout with Jermell, stating on the PBC Podcast:
“I’m familiar with Jermell Charlo. He wants my titles, I want his title. I want to be able to unify the junior middleweight division,” Rosario stated, via Bad Left Hook. “My objective, if I had my choice, is Jermell Charlo. He is the best in the division and I want to prove that I am truly the best at 154.”
Jermell is on a two-fight win streak, recently beating Tony Harrison to reclaim the WBC title. While boxing is on hold, the two can fight down the line. Williams will be on the sidelines, waiting for his chance to strike, if possible.