Stephen “Breadman” Edwards-- a former Boxingtalk writer who now trains WBA/IBF junior middleweight champion Julian "JRock" Williams-- talks about Williams' upcoming title defense versus the Dominican Republic's Jeison “Banana” Rosario.
Ivan Montiel: Talk to us about Williams vs Rosario, what can we expect?
Stephen Edwards: It’s a good fight, Rosario is a big puncher, he’s on a winning hot streak, he’s a young guy. Rosario will be very motivated to win the title in his first title shot.
IM: Did you get a chance to see my interview with Rosario?
SE: I read a little bit of it but I try not to pay attention to what fighters have to say leading into a fight.
IM: Fair enough. What about how this fight will play out?
SE: I think it’s going to be a really tough fight. I predict Julian Williams is going to win. I believe Williams is the better all-around fighter. I don’t want to get into how and all that kind of stuff since you know we never know how a fight will play out.
IM: Williams is the main guy in the 154-pound division since he defeated Jarrett Hurd. But Hurd who could be a future opponent for a rematch. We also have WBC champion Tony Harrison taking on the man he beat for his title, Jermell Charlo once again. Your thoughts on Harrison versus Charlo rematch?
SE: I think it’s a very tough fight. I think Charlo is the stronger and more explosive guy. I think Harrison is the more skilled and better boxer. Harrison has the edge mentally especially since he won that first fight. Charlo seems upset [about the loss] and man, it’s hard to fight being angry. Either guy can win it all depends on which guy is on that night. Charlo will be looking to land a big shot all night. If Charlo doesn’t control his emotions I can see Harrison outboxing him. It’s a 50/50 fight.
IM: Now I don’t want to get past your upcoming fight but let’s say everything goes smoothly against Rosario. Is there any chance Williams could be facing the winner between Harrison versus Charlo?
SE: We already signed to fight the winner of that rematch. The only reason it didn’t happen earlier is because Harrison versus Charlo got postponed. Hurd [said he] wanted a rematch with us but he pulled out. It [unification vs. the Harrison-Charlo II winner] is already a done deal.
IM: That’s news to me. Thanks for letting us know. We can’t wait till 2020! Julian Williams is the man for always looking forward to fighting tough competition.
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