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BETHELEM, PA — Julian “J Rock” Williams moved a step closer to a desired showdown with Austin Trout stopping Luciano Cuello in just 93 seconds last night.
The undefeated Williams (21-0-1, 13 KOs) stormed out with hard right hands that whipped around Cuello’s high guard. It would end up being the punch that staggered him and lead to Williams raining down several more to force the TKO.
“I may be the fastest super welterweight in the world, and I’m accurate enough to hit guys when I want to,” said Williams. “I knew I was getting to him early and I just stayed vicious. It was a straight right that I landed on him to end things. I saw his left eye bubble up immediately.”
Earlier this month, Austin Trout scored a KO win over former J Rock opponent, Joey Hernandez, telling the cameras “That is how you do it, son.” Williams returned the favor by calling out Trout, who was ringside tonight on commentary.
“I’ve fought undefeated prospects and former champions,” Williams stated. “I’ll fight anybody. I don’t hate (Austin) Trout at all. He’s just higher ranked than me and one of the guys in my way.”
FLORES WEARS DOWN CUSOLITO: The card opened with an absolute war between Moises “Chucky” Flores and Emanual Cusolito. The two combined to throw over 1700 punches. Early on, Cusolito’s better technical skill gave him the advantage as he landed harder and cleaner power shots. By the middle rounds, Flores non-stop pressure and high punch-put began to wear on Cusolito. The late rounds was a contest of wills with Flores ending matters dramatically in the 12th.
In his post-fight interview, Flores expressed his desire to move up in weight to challenger Leo Santa Cruz.
OTHER TV RESULTS: 23-year-old prospect Caleb Plant (10-0) remained undefeated with a unanimous eight-round decision over Jamar Freeman. Plant scored a third round knockdown but struggled to put Freeman away after the latter started to move and rely on counter-punching. If you track this fight down, the most memorable thing will be Plant’s repeated use of the “Nae Nae” dance to showboat.