In an overdue analysis of his Saint Patrick’s day bout against veteran Freddy Hernandez, a relevant question in boxing is where junior middleweight Julian Williams (15-0-1) belongs among junior middleweights. After an impressive 3rd round knockout on Golden Boy Live over Freddy Hernandez, “J Rock,” spoke his mind essentially saying he was at a disadvantage from a promotional standpoint, partially because he didn’t have a twin brother. This was a direct shot at twins Jermell & Jermall Charlo, both rising stars who are contending for titles. While Williams looked sharp on Saint Patricks Day, several questions glare.
First, what if he was in the ring against Canelo Alvarez? Aside from Floyd Mayweather who is truly a welterweight, Alvarez is considered the best junior middleweight on the planet right now. This is a view that is hard to argue after seeing Alvarez will his way against Alfred Angulo earlier this month. However, Alvarez has not faced the likes of Erislandy Lara, a name that also brings us back to Williams. Lara, an extremely talented Cuban who trains & lives in Houston, is arguably the number one contender to Alvarez. While Lara continues his climb, so do the Charlo brothers. So what about Williams?
In a simple conversation, you can see how quickly Williams name gets lost in the discussion. While he is certainly a threat to many junior middleweights, one might wish to see Williams handle the likes of Austin Trout or Ishe Smith (who is currently squared up for a May 2nd bout against Lara), first. Boxing can do without over hyped young stars, something that William is certainly not at this point. However, after defeating Hernandez, we can’t be ready to christen Williams as a serious contender. The talent is unquestionably there and fans should look forward to what he will bring to the sport, but let the young man be tested.