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Julian Williams vs. Jeison Rosario Betting
Home is where the heart is, so Julian Williams never had a doubt about where he would make his first title defense. The Philadelphia native has traveled across North America to prove that he is one of the best boxers in the world, and he will return to where it all began for his title defense. Williams (27-1-1 with 16 knockouts) will defend his WBA, IBF, and IBO Light Middleweight belts against Jaison Rosario (19-1-1 with 13 knockouts) at Temple University’s Liacouras Center on Saturday, January 18.
This will be the headline fight in a Premier Boxing Champions card that will be televised on FOX with the undercard slated to begin at 8 p.m. ET.
When: Saturday, January 18th, 2020
Where: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Why: WBA, IBF, and IBO Light Middleweight Titles
Julian Williams vs. Jeison Rosario Betting Odds
Julian Williams -2317
Jeison Rosario +938
Williams is the hometown hero for this fight, and he is the current title holder. Rosario is a promising young challenger, but he is just 24 years old, and this is his first major title fight.
To those unfamiliar with betting on boxing, if Williams was installed as a -2317 favorite in this bout, you would have to bet $2317 on Williams to win $100 in profit. Those odds would likely lead to Rosario being a +938 underdog, so a $100 bet on the challenger would return $938 if he were to pull off the upset.
As the fight nears, there will be decision betting too. You will be able to bet on whether the fight is decided by KO, TKO, or decision, and you can bet on which boxer will win the fight in that fashion as well.
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Williams will turn 30 in April, but he already has over 100 fights if you combine his time as an amateur and professional together. He began boxing at the age of 12 and took part in nearly 100 fights at the amateur level before making his professional debut almost 10 years ago. In that match, he sent Antonio Chaves to the canvas in the first round, and he won four of his first five fights by first-round TKO.
The champion suffered his first setback early in his career. He fought Francisco Santana to a draw just one year into his pro career, but he won his next seven bouts to set up a minor title fight with Hugo Centeno in September 2013. Unfortunately, that fight was stopped in the fourth round and declared a no contest as a cut over Centeno’s eye worsened.
It took three years for Williams to earn another title shot. He continued winning and knocked out most of his opponents to set up a title fight against Jermall Charlo for the IBF Light Middleweight strap in December 2016. However, Charlo proved to be too much, knocking him out and dealing him his first professional defeat.
Williams bounced back from that loss to win four straight fights though, setting up a third title bout. The third time proved to be the charm as he defeated Jarrett Hurd by unanimous decision in May. Those two were supposed to box again late in 2019, but a deal fell through, leading to Williams and Rosario coming to terms in November.
Rosario made his professional debut in his native Dominican Republic. He faced no one of consequence for his first seven bouts, but he finally secured something of a win by knocking out Jose Vidal Soto in his eighth fight. That led to Rosario taking on Euri Gonzalez for the Caribbean belt in November 2015, and the challenger proved victorious.
He has taken on more difficult competition since that win, losing by TKO to Nathaniel Gallimore in April 2017 and drawing with Mark Anthony Hernandez almost two years ago. Rosario has won five straight bouts entering this fight, but he only just edged Jorge Cota by split decision back on April 20.
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