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Big underdog Jeison Rosario shocks Julian Williams, wins junior middleweight titles

Rosario spoils Williams homecoming

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Rosario vs. Williams photo Stephanie Trapp
Rosario vs. Williams photo Stephanie Trapp

Jeison Rosario stunned everyone at Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA stopping a shocked Julian Williams in round five to capture the IBF,WBO and IBO junior midleweight titles.

 

In round one, Williams, who won his titles by defeating Jarrett Hurd six months ago, stuck out his jab and landed a three solid rights. Rosario fought back, but missed most of his shots.

 

Williams stayed busy in round two. He worked the body and head. Rosario fired a right that missed, but landed an uppercut. The completion of the fight changed after a Rosario jab opened up a cut on the eyelid of Williams left eye. Seeing the blood, huge underdog the taller Rosario landed a solid right that stopped Williams in his tracks.

 

Rosario threw some home run shots in round three. He went to the body. Williams connected with a solid combination. Rosario landed a counter right. Williams did the same.

 

In round four, Rosario,24, was targeting Williams damaged eye. Williams,29, landed a few counters. Williams pushed Rosario into the ropes and unloaded a number of shots in round five.

 

Rosario rolled with the blows and let some bombs go. A right-hand staggered Williams. Rosario went for the kill. He landed landed a uppercut and jolting left hook that knocked Williams sideways and almost down. Referee Benjy Estevez jumped in and waved off the bout.

 

The time was 1:37 seconds into round five.

 

“I can’t stop crying, said Rosario. “I’m emotional. I knew I was going to win it. I thank Philadelphia and J-Rock.”

 

“I was surprised,” Williams said. “The cut blurred my vision, but he was the better fighter tonight.”

 

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