The calendar has changed to 2020, so it’s time for the amazing boxing action to continue. Each month we will pick an event to take a closer look at, specifically a card fans will enjoy. For January we will take a look at the upcoming PBC card featuring the WBA, and IBF Super-Light Middleweight title bout between Julian Williams (27-1-1) and challenger Jeison Rosario (19-1-1.) Also on the card is an interim WBA Super-Featherweight title matchup with Chris Colbert (13-0) meeting up with Jezzrel Corrales (23-3.)
The Champion’s First Defense
After a potential 2019 Fight of the Year matchup where Julian Williams defeated Jarrett Hurd in May, Williams is set for his first defense of his new-found gold. The 29 year old orthodox boxer, Williams, currently owns 16 of his 27 victories via TKO/KO. He is currently Ring Magazine’s number one junior middleweight in the world. Born in Philadelphia, Williams will return to fight in his hometown for the first time since 2011. Williams had a lot to say about the upcoming bout at a press conference held December 03, 2019.
December 03, 2019 Press Conference
“It took a lot for us to get the title. We had some bumps in the road. But me and my team, we just kept battling and fighting through. We finally got our breakthrough fight and got the titles, and we wanted to bring the titles right back to Philadelphia,” Williams stated. ” It’s amazing to have this opportunity to come back home and perform in front of my home crowd.”
“Rosario is a really good fighter and I’m not just saying that. They’ve been matching him tough and he’s been coming through fights he wasn’t supposed to win. I’m expecting a really tough fight and for him to be in shape. He’s got 36 minutes to change his life forever,” Williams said. “I was in his exact same position very recently. It would be extremely arrogant for me to think I can’t lose.”
The Chance of a Lifetime
The Dominican orthodox boxer, Jeison Rosario brings a dangerous knockout ability to the ring with 13 of his 19 wins coming by KO/TKO. Since suffering his lone career loss in November 2017, Rosario is on an eight fight non-losing streak. At the December 3rd press conference Rosario commented on how the loss helped turn his career around.
“My loss was really a blessing. If I had never lost, I would have never trained the way that I am now and I wouldn’t be the fighter that I am today. I’m just getting beter and I’ll be at my absolute best on fight night. On January 18, it’s going to be like a ‘Rocky’ movie. We’re going to scrap it out from start to finish. I’m going to end up as the new Rocky un Philadelphia that night.” Rosario went 2-0 in 2019 scoring a huge split decision over Jorge Cota in April earning him the right to battle Williams.
Co-Main Event Title Fight
Undefeated rising star Chris “Prime Time” Colbert (13-0) will step into the ring looking for his first major world title as he is set to take on the Panama southpaw Jezzrel Corrales (23-3.) Corrales is a former world champion and will prove to be a formidable test for the rising star Colbert. In order for Colbert to take the next step, this victory over Corrales and picking up a WBA title along the way would be huge. These bouts will air on cable television so it’s all the more appealing. Catch these bouts on Saturday January 18, 2020, on Fox or the Fox Sports app.