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By Dan Ambrose: Jeison Rosario put on an uppercut clinic on Saturday night in ripping the IBF/WBA light middleweight titles away from champion Julian Williams in beating him by a fifth round technical knockout.


Rosario, 24, hit Williams (27-2-1, 16 KOs) with a right hand that shook him to his boots in the 5th, and leaving him defenseless against a blizzard of followup shots from the Dominican challenger in their fight at the Liacouras Center, in Philadelphia.

“When I lost my last fight I said I wasn’t going to lose again until I am world champion,” Rosario said. “And I’ve done it.”

Williams went down, and got back up. Rosario (20-1-1, 14 KOs) hit Williams with a right hand uppercut that caused him to fall into the ropes. Referee Benjy Esteves  decided at that point he wasn’t going to let the match continue

Williams was cut from a jab over his left eye in round 2, and he seemed to be bothered with it. It bled a lot, and he looked in distress. However, Rosario’s pressure and power shots had a lot to do with that though, as he attacked constantly and put a lot of pressure on Williams.

The loss for Williams ends his short title reign as the IBF/WBA junior middleweight champion after just 8 months. Williams beat Jarrett Hurd by a 12 round unanimous decision last May. During the build up with the 30:1 underdog Rosario, Williams seemed relaxed and very confident.

The way he acted, he didn’t see the fringe contender Rosario as a threat to him. That’s sort of understandable though, because Rosario had lost to Nathaniel Gallimore, and he’d been held to a draw by Mark Anthony Hernandez.

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“It blurred my vision a little bit,” Williams said after the fight in discussing how his cut impacted his performance. “But that wasn’t the reason why. He was the better fighter tonight. I’m sorry I couldn’t get the win but I’ll be back. .We’ll see if we can get it real soon,” said Williams about a rematch.

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It shouldn’t be hard to put a rematch together. Rosario’s promoter told Fighthype that they’ll give Williams a rematch.

Going into the 5th, the fight appeared to be even at 2-2. Despite being cut, Williams fought well enough to have it knotted up with Rosario. Williams landed a hard right hand to the head of Rosario during the fifth.

Moments later, Rosario connected with a right hand that hurt Williams. He was badly hurt to the point where he backed up against the ropes, and was nailed by a flurry of shots from Rosario. Williams got up, but was hit with an uppercut from Rosario that almost took his head off.

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“I feel great. The sacrifice in camp was worth it. I thank Williams. I’m very happy,” said Rosario to Fightype after the fight. “I’m very happy with the results. I didn’t realize it in the ring. And I realized it 15 weeks ago when I took the fight,” said Rosario when asked when he realized he would win. I didn’t study his fight with Charlo, because he could have improved the mistakes he made in that fight,” said Rosario.  

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