Written By Bakari Simpson: Throwback fighter Julian “J-Rock” Williams (23-1-1, 15 KO’s) is back in action this Saturday November 18. Williams will tangle with Ishe Smith aka “Sugar Shay” (29-8, 12 KO’s) at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino. The match, to be televised on Bounce TV presented by PBC, will take place in Smith’s Las Vegas, Nevada backyard.
The Saturday skirmish will be Williams’ second bout since losing by KO to Jermall Charlo (24-0, 19 KO’s). The two engaged in a tense war of words prior to their December 10, 2016 grudge match. As suddenly and viciously as lightning falls the bout came to a stunning halt by way of a crushing uppercut. Jermall forcefully deposited Julian on the canvas with concrete finality. Charlo has since moved up in weight. Perhaps their paths with cross in the future. Until then, Julian has resumed his ambitions to become a world champion in the super welterweight division.
Four months ago in June, Julian returned to the win column. In Toledo, OH J-Rock notched a TKO victory over Joshua Conley. During the prize-fight Williams did not display any negative residual effects from the Charlo debacle. Although Conley was not at the top of the food chain, the win was an important one symbolically as well as mentally. On Saturday, Williams will step up in competition with the long in the tooth Ishe Smith.
Toting an almost 30% loss ratio, Smith has frequently come up short in his biggest matches. Realizing at near 40 years old, with 17 years of professional fighting, major opportunities like this are nearing a close. Bearing this in mind, Sugar Shay is determined to conclude his career with a bang. A solid, convincing win over a young hungry lion-like Williams would be massively impressive. A defeat would formally saddle Smith with a 30% loss ratio and sound the official death knell for his career. At the same time, losing to the veteran Ishe would be outrageously calamitous to Julian’s professional forward progress. In the end, this is a must win bout for both.
Smith is looking for an impressive win anyway he can claim it. Across the ring, Julian will seek to be the first person to stop Ishe Smith. If successful in doing so Williams believes he will be right back where he was before the Charlo setback.
Make sure you tune in to watch these wily fighters battle for their boxing lives!
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