On the undercard for Saturday night’s heavyweight clash between WBC belt-holder Deontay Wilder and Eric Molina, rising light middleweight contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams will return to action against Armen Ovespyan.
Williams hails from Philadelphia, one of the greatest boxing cities on the planet, and is a product of that elite milleau. He started boxing at age 12 and assembled a very nice amateur career, competing at the national level. His current record is 19-0-1 with 11 KOs. The Ring has him rated in the top 10 in his division.
Williams is a very solid, all-around fighter. He’s an outstanding technical boxer who can slug enough to take care of business when necessary. For a 25-year-old fighter, he’s compiled a decent resume, recording wins over Joachim Alcine, Orlando Lora and Freddy Hernandez, among others. He looked outstanding early against fellow undefeated blue chipper Hugo Centeno before the fight was stopped on a cut and ruled a no-contest. Williams’ team has definitely not been shy about putting him in tough, which indicates that they know they are working with a special talent.
At 14-4 with 11 KOs, Ovespyan is not an ideal opponent for Williams at this point. But the 154-pound weight class is extremely talented at the top, with a lot of young talent, so top fighters are not always going to be available.
In a press release sent out earlier this week, Williams noted: “I wanted a bigger fight but if the other top guys are not available, I can’t just sit around and be inactive. I’m still improving. I still have to work on my craft. I still have to make money. So sitting around is not an option for me.”
Still, with all the quality fighters at 154 pounds, it’s inevitable that Williams will be in some big-time fights in the future. I’d love to see him in a rematch with Centeno or against either of the Charlo twins, Jermell or
Jermall. Demetrius Andrade should be an option, as well.
Meanwhile, Ovespyan is an experienced fighter from Russia who should give Williams some decent work this weekend. For serious fans, it will be worth checking out.