One of boxing’s more talented young fighters will return to action later this month when undefeated junior middleweight Julian Williams (20-0-1, 12 KOs) headlines a mid-week PBC broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Tuesday, September 22. The Philadelphia native will be appearing at the nearby Sands Bethlehem Events Center, facing Argentine veteran Luciano Cuello (35-3, 17 KOs).
At this point in his career, it would be great to see Williams face a top-10 fighter in the division, like a Jermell Charlo or Austin Trout. But the reality is, only so many of those kind of fights can get made during a year. Williams is right to stay busy, fighting for the third time this year and seventh time in less than two years.
Cuello is also the toughest test of his career to date. Cuello has a ton of experience and his only losses came by unanimous decision to Willie Nelson in June 2013 (now a top-10 rated junior middleweight), by TKO to Saul Alvarez in July 2010 and to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in March 2009. I have not seen the fight with Chavez Jr., but it was scored very closely and knowing some of the generous decisions the legend’s son got early in his career, it makes me curious over whether or not Cuello might have deserved that one.
Cuello is a solid, credible opponent for a fighter like Williams. He’s got the experience to possibly test the youngster. If Williams cruises past him, it will be an impressive performance. If Williams somehow flounders in this one, it merely demonstrates that he wasn’t ready for the kind of big fight we wanted to see him in after all.
If things go smoothly for Williams in this fight, he’ll still have time for another fight before the end of the year, or else early in 2016. There’s so much skill in that weight class that we should expect to see some terrific fights there in the next few years.