On the line are the WBA and IBF 154-pound titles of “J-Rock” I, who is making a Philadelphia homecoming for the first time since 2011.
This will be the 29 year-old Williams’ first defense of the titles he won in May last year in what was a fight of the year contender, when he caused a stunning upset to beat the previously undefeated unified champion Jarrett Hurd in the then champion’s backyard outside Washington D.C.
The only blemish in Williams’ career to date was when he was knocked out by Jermall Charlo in December 2016, since when he has won five straight fights.
The hard-hitting Rosario is on an eight-fight winning streak himself coming into this bout. The 24-year-old Dominican also has just one loss on his record, a TKO defeat in April 2017 by Nathaniel Gallimore. As a point of reference, Williams has previously beaten Gallimore.
Julian Williams vs Jeison Rosario Betting Lines & Prediction
There’s plenty of mutual respect between these two fighters but, although Jeison Rosario has a slightly higher KO rate than Julian Williams, the champion looks to have the edge in terms of experience against top tier opponents. With regards to predictions, Williams looks the best boxing bet to successfully defend his belts.
Williams is a firm favourite in the Fight Result betting lines at odds of -2058 (1.05) with Sports Interaction. The draw is available at +2500 (26.00) with Betway and Rosario is at +900 (10.00) with 888Sport.
For the tip, we’ll go to the Method of Victory market and take Williams to win by KO TKO or Disqualification at -188 (1.53) with Betway Sports.