Is Rosario v Williams 2 Coming Soon?
Under the hot lights of Philadelphia’s Liacouras Center, super welterweight contender Jeison “Banana” Rosario (20-1-1, 14 KO’s) burst onto the main stream boxing scene in a major way!
It was there he overwhelmed, discombobulated and ultimately stopped former unified champion Julian “J-Rock” Williams (27-2-1, 16 KO’s) in the fifth round.
With the win, Banana walked away with J-Rocks WBA, IBF and IBO super welterweight titles. The bout was Williams’ first title defense after acquiring the straps from Jarrett “Swift” Hurd (23-1, 16 KO’s).
LETS DO IT AGAIN!!
As could only be expected, Williams was quite shocked and crestfallen following his defeat. Despite suffering his second professional loss, both by stoppage, J-Rock remained in an optimistic mood.
Before he even had a chance to leave the ring, Williams declared that there was a rematch clause in place and he had every intention on activating that option.
The same was thought to be the case when J-Rock violently usurped the belts from Hurd. Initially, Swift stated that he would attempt to exact immediate revenge on Williams before suddenly and unexpectedly pulling out.
So, rather than rematch Hurd, Williams went on to fight and succumb to Rosario.
Thus far, however, although it’s all still very fresh, all sides appear to be in alignment with a quick turnaround. Following the prizefight, SecondsOut had a chance to catch up with Rosario, his trainer, Chiro Perez, and promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz. During the quick Q&A, the rematch clause was confirmed, as well as their eagerness to honor it.
“It’s a rematch clause, but I say to the champ Williams that any time he wants that fight, regardless if it’s the first time, second time or third time that they fight, he is the boss.
“He will make that decision and he [Rosario] will give him that rematch. We are not looking for a way out, that is for sure!
“Many champions, when he wins, he want to get a way out. I will not do [that] to a nice person and good boxer that gave the opportunity to my fighter.
“So he deserves the rematch. Any time he wants, he is the boss. He makes the decision! Not him [Rosario], not me and not the trainer!”
A THIRD HOMETOWN TITLE DEFENSE?
Given that the last two holders of this trio of belts lost them in hometown fights, it was only natural to ask if Rosario wanted or feared to stage a fight in his native Dominican Republic.
Lewkowicz rapidly shot down the notion.
Although, the businessman snatched the rug from beneath the idea for financial reasons rather than superstitious ones. Yet, while Lewkowicz firmly stated where the fight wouldn’t be, he did made a solid projection of where he thought a rematch should take place.
“The rematch definitely is a fight for Vegas. In the Dominican Republic, it’s not the kind of money, a way to make this happen, so it will never happen.”
By: Bakari Simpson