Today, on April 5, the former united champion of the first middle weight (up to 69.9 kg), American Julian Williams (27-2-1, 16 KO) turned 31 years old.
Williams made his professional debut in November 2010. Three years later, the fighter entered the first serious test in the face of undefeated compatriot Hugo Centeno Jr. (19-0-0, 10 KO)*, however, the fight was declared invalid due to a head collision.
In December 2016, Williams challenged then-IBF champion compatriot Jermbutllu Charlo (24-0-0, 18 KO) and lost by knockout in the 5th round, temporarily falling out of the public eye.
Julian returned to the big ring in May 2019, becoming a contender for the WBA / IBF title holder (Charlo had already left the division at that time), fellow countryman Jarrett Hurd (23-0-0, 16 KO). Despite the pre-match layouts, Williams gave a fight to the favorite, knocking him down during the meeting and snatching the victory with a close referee decision.
In his first title defense, Williams, who at that time was already experiencing problems with injuries, met with a strong young Dominican Jason Rosario (19-1-1, 13 KO) and sensationally lost to him by TKO.
At the moment, the fighter is preparing for a new campaign for the championship.
* all records at the time of the fight with Williams