Julian Williams Philadelphia Media Workout Quotes
Unified 154-pound champion and Philadelphia native Julian
"J-Rock" Williams showed off his skills and previewed his
upcoming hometown title defense at a media workout
Wednesday, as he prepares to face hard-hitting Jeison
Rosario Saturday, January 18 in the FOX PBC Fight Night main
event and on FOX Deportes from Temple University's Liacouras
After winning the title in one of 2019's best fights against
then unbeaten Jarrett Hurd, Williams will fight in his
hometown for the first time since 2011 when he competes on
January 18. Here is what Williams and his trainer, Stephen
Edwards, had to say Wednesday from James Shuler's Memorial
Boxing Gym in Philadelphia:
On training and fighting in his hometown...
"I try to just block myself from the world... Especially
with a hometown fight, people are pulling you 50 different
ways, tickets, asking me stupid questions. It's crazy, so I
just try to block myself from the world.
"It's not about enjoying, it's about winning. I don't care
about enjoying. You're not supposed to enjoy camp. It's
supposed to be a grind."
On what he expects out of Rosario...
"Rosario brings ambition to the table. I think he's an
ambitious kid. I don't think it's a difficult fight (for
me), to be quite honest. I just think it's a matter of being
focused and on top of my game, and I think I'll take care of
him. I don't think it's difficult, though. He's a decent
fighter. We're not going to make him out to be Ray Robinson.
"He has put together a good string of wins, and he's tough
and he's coming to win. So that's more important than
anything. He has the ambition to win, so you can't
On growing up in Philadelphia...
"Seeing all the stuff that I saw growing up (in West
Philadelphia) made me hungry, made me want to get out and
make a better life for myself. All you have to do is walk
outside and go down Lancaster Ave. If that's not motivating
for you then nothing will."
On his celebrity now that he's a world champion...
"I've got a little more notoriety now. To be honest, I
stopped thinking about it because I want to stay focused on
the task at hand. The task at hand is being pound-for-pound
best in the world. I'm not satisfied with just being the
best super welterweight in the world. I'm just not satisfied
with being unified champion of the world. Why sell myself
short when I have the drive and the ability to be the
pound-for-pound best fighter in the world? I'd be selling
myself short. I'd be leaving millions of dollars on the
On the history that he made for himself and Philadelphia
when he defeated Hurd...
"I'm one of three men (from Philadelphia) who can say
they're a unified champion of the world."
STEPHEN EDWARDS, Williams' Trainer
On Rosario's abilities...
"At this level, everybody can fight. (Rosario) is a
good-looking fighter. He can punch. He's just a good
fighter. He's got a lot of the same characteristics as Hurd
and Charlo. He's big and strong. It's a good fight."
On why this opponent for this fight...
"We thought we were going to be fighting Hurd (again), so we
got a guy that's kind of like Hurd because we didn't know if
Hurd was pulling out of the fight."
On being Julian's manager and helping advise him on real
"If (Julian) buys a house I'll tell him if that's a good
property, or sometimes he messes up, but the cool thing is
that he's got the money to make up for all the mistakes