Fighter of the Week: Jeison Rosario

Nine months ago Julian “J-Rock” Williams walked into Jarrett “Swift” Hurd’s backyard, as a prohibitive underdog, and thoroughly dominated and beat up the massive favorite to capture the champs WBA and IBF 154-pound belts. In doing so he was able to resurrect his career after suffering a bad stoppage loss. Last night the same exact thing J-Rock was able to do to Hurd in his home town was done to him in his backyard. Williams was thoroughly dominated over four-plus rounds in his homecoming defense against, lightly regarded, Jeison Rosario of the Dominican Republic. As the man known as “Banana” who was as big as a 20-1 underdog, and looked at as a soft touch, scored a shocking fifth-round knockout of the unified champ from Philadelphia to capture out “Fighter of the Week” award as well as his first two world titles.

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The night started off as expected, Williams, the massive betting favorite, took the first round with excellent movement, jabbing and scoring with the right hand, looking like the much better and classier boxer. Fellow Philly fighter, Danny Garcia in an interview following the first round said “So far, so good”. That all changed in the second round. Rosario caused a huge welt and cut on the left eye of the champ noticing the dripping blood was bothering Williams, Rosario seized the moment roughing the champ up on the inside and scoring with several right hands on the damaged eye. After a fairly even round three the Dominican challenger picked up the pace scoring with a crisp counter right other followed a theme with a left to the body. He would continue hurting the champ with ferocious body shots softening him up for something later on in the fight. The thing would come just a round later. Rosario scored a thudding left stunning his opponents. Rosario seized the moment unleashing a barrage of power shots along the ropes when Williams trying to hold on fell to the mat. Referee Benjy Esteves ruled it a slip, but William’s legs were like jello as he gets to his feet, and the Dominican native was all over it as the Banana smashed his hurt opponent with a right uppercut that sent Williams bouncing off the ropes and nearly down as the ref stepped in and waved off the fight at 1:37 of the fifth round to give Rosario the shocking upset victory.

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Just a couple of weeks into 2020 and we already have a major candidate for upset of the year. Given that upset, Rosario, who now owns half the major hardware in the 154-pound division, is in the driver’s seat to secure a mega-fight with a massive payday. Fortunately, for him, he also signed with PBC, who controls the majority of the 154-pound division and is going to have a litany of excellent options in the loaded 154-pound division. A rematch with Williams is going to be in high demand as would a unification fight with WBC champ Jermell Charlo. Both of these fights would be inhouse PBC match ups as would scraps with former champs “Swift” Jarrett Hurd and Erislandy Lara. These would all be big money fights and easily makeable.

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