IT was meant to be a homecoming celebration. Julian Williams was returning to his Philadelphia hometown with the WBA and IBF super-welterweight crowns, to fight there for the first time in eight years. Jeison Rosario wasn’t supposed to win. Except he did.
Ultimately Williams could not contain him. Williams picked up a cut in the second round and in the fifth Rosario eventually broke through to end the contest at 1-37 at the Liacouras Center on Saturday (January 18).
Chastened, Williams still expects to trigger his rematch clause and fight Rosario once again. “I wasn’t surprised he was so good,” said Williams. “I told everybody he’s a real fighter. I have to accept it. The cut blurred my vision a little bit but it wasn’t the reason why I lost. He was the better fighter tonight. We’ve got a rematch clause. I’ll see him again soon. I’ll be back.”