Otherwise known as J-Rock, Julian Williams is an American professional boxer. Ranked by The Ring Magazine as one of the world’s best active light middleweight boxers, Williams has held three titles from 2019 to 2020. These were the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super, the International Boxing Federation (IBF), and the International Boxing Organization (IBO) light middleweight titles.
Before deciding to take up boxing as a profession, Williams was into basketball. At age 12, he changes his interest after meeting a boxer in one of his runs. His curiosity led Williams to visit the gym. According to J-Rock, as soon as he stepped in the ring, he knew he was going to be a champion. Since then, he started training and competing in amateur tournaments.
In 2005, Williams was just 15 years old when he won the Silver Golden Gloves Regional title. The following year, he won the Junior Olympic Regionals. Although he did not make it to the national level, he continues to persevere and began training with Stephan Edwards.
Julian Williams’s professional boxing career debut was winning three straight first-round technical knockouts (TKO) against his contenders. With his coach Stephan, he honed his ring skills and began climbing his pound division.
In 2013, J-Rock’s highlight in his career was winning against Joachim Alcine, a 154-pound champion. Williams continued to rise the ranks. However, in 2016 he was defeated by Jermall Charlo, who defended his IBF World Super Welterweight title. But, despite the loss, he was able to bounce back and continued his boxing career, earning the title as the new unified 154-pound champion.