By Jeff Aranow: Unbeaten junior middleweight Julian Williams (23-0-1, 14 KOs) had his way with the light hitting #6 IBF Marcello Matana (16-2, 5 KOs) last Saturday night in stopping him in the 7th round in an IBF 154lb title eliminator bout at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA. The 5’11” Williams hurt Matana with a left to the head.
Williams then followed up with a mini-storm of punches that led to referee Gary Rosato stepping in to stop the fight at 2:54 of round seven. The win makes the 25-year-old Williams the IBF mandatory challenger to IBF champion Jermall Charlo. Williams wasn’t in the mood to wait for his shot at the IBF title, as he immediately took the opportunity to call Charlo out, saying “Jermall has been watching my performances. Him and his brother know exactly who I am. He needs to fight or vacate now. He needs to step up, but he’s already laying his groundwork and making excuses.”
There’s no question that Williams will eventually get a title shot against Jermall, but he might have to do some waiting before he gets that crack at the belt.
The Williams-Matana fight will televised on Showtime Boxing last time. It gave the fans a chance to see a very good fighter in Williams facing a not so good fighter in the 5’8” Matana. You can’t blame Showtime for televising the fight, because it was an IBF eliminator bout.
You can blame the IBF for giving Matana such a high ranking, because he looked really bad in the fight. He didn’t use pressure correctly to get to Williams, and he fought at the wrong distance the entire fight. As short as Matana was, he should have been looking to make it an inside fight rather than staying outside all night long and coming up short when he would try and throw a punch.
Williams has the power and the skills to potentially beat Jermall Charlo to win his IBF title when that fight takes place. Right now, I would call that a 50-50 fight.