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Jeison Rosario stops Julian Williams in 5th round to win super welterweight titles

Jeison Rosario stops Julian Williams in 5th round to win super welterweight titles

By Agence France-Presse

Dominican challenger Jeison Rosario won the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation super welterweight titles Saturday, stopping hometown hero Julian Williams in the fifth round.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 18: Jeison Rosario poses with his belts after winning against Julian Williams fight for the super welterweight world WBO, IBO and WBA titles at The Liacouras Center at Temple University on January 18, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jeison Rosario defeated defending champion Julian Williams by a fifth round stoppage. Corey Perrine/Getty Images/AFP

Jeison Rosario poses with his belts after winning against Julian Williams fight for the super welterweight world WBO, IBO and WBA titles at The Liacouras Center at Temple University on January 18, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Corey Perrine / Getty Images / AFP)

Rosario landed a staggering right hand and followed with a flurry of punches before Williams fell to the canvas. He rose only to be hammered by a right uppercut and left hook before referee Benjy Esteves stopped the fight 97 seconds into round five.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 18: Jeison Rosario becomes emotional before giving an interview after defeating Julian Williams fight for the super welterweight world WBO, IBO and WBA titles at The Liacouras Center at Temple University on January 18, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jeison Rosario defeated defending champion Julian Williams by a fifth round stoppage. Corey Perrine/Getty Images/AFP

Jeison Rosario becomes emotional before giving an interview after defeating Julian Williams fight for the super welterweight world WBO, IBO and WBA titles at The Liacouras Center at Temple University on January 18, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.? (Corey Perrine / Getty Images / AFP)

Rosario was tearful as he was handed the championship belts.

“I’ve got to keep crying because I’m so emotional in this moment,” he said.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 18: Jeison Rosario (L) knocks down Julian Williams fight for the super welterweight world WBO, IBO and WBA titles at The Liacouras Center at Temple University on January 18, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jeison Rosario defeated defending champion Julian Williams by a fifth round stoppage. Corey Perrine/Getty Images/AFP

Jeison Rosario, left, knocks down Julian Williams fight for the super welterweight world WBO, IBO and WBA titles at The Liacouras Center at Temple University on January 18, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Corey Perrine / Getty Images / AFP)

The showdown at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was the?first defense for Williams (27-2 with one drawn) of the 154-pound (69.9kg) crowns he took from American Jarrett Hurd by unanimous decision last May.

Rosario, in his first world title bout, improved to 20-1-1 with his 14th victory inside the distance. It was his sixth win in a row and he improved to 8-0 with a draw since his lone loss in 2017.

“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.”

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 18: Julian Williams (L) and Jeison Rosario fight for the super welterweight world WBO, IBO and WBA titles during the fourth round at The Liacouras Center at Temple University on January 18, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jeison Rosario defeated defending champion Julian Williams by a fifth round stoppage. Corey Perrine/Getty Images/AFP

Julian Williams, left, and Jeison Rosario fight for the super welterweight world WBO, IBO and WBA titles during the fourth round at The Liacouras Center at Temple University on January 18, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Corey Perrine / Getty Images / AFP)

Rosario, 24,?opened a cut over the left eye of Williams, 29, with a left jab early in the second round, the gash nagging the champion throughout the fight as toe-to-toe exchanges of hard punches continued.

“It blurred my vision a little bit,” Williams said of the cut. “But that wasn’t the reason why. He was the better fighter tonight.”

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 18: Jeison Rosario reacts to winning against Julian Williams fight for the super welterweight world WBO, IBO and WBA titles at The Liacouras Center at Temple University on January 18, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jeison Rosario defeated defending champion Julian Williams by a fifth round stoppage. Corey Perrine/Getty Images/AFP

Jeison Rosario reacts to winning against Julian Williams fight for the super welterweight world WBO, IBO and WBA titles at The Liacouras Center at Temple University on January 18, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Corey Perrine / Getty Images / AFP)

In the fifth, Williams was staggered early in the round, taking a dozen blows against the ropes before falling face first to the canvas.

After Esteves allowed the fight to continue, Williams landed his powerful uppercut and Williams slumped back against the ropes, prompting Esteves to stop the fight.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t get the win but I’ll be back,” Williams told his hometown supporters, noting he had a rematch clause in the fight contract.

“We’ll see if we can get it real soon.”

Tags: IBF, IBF super welterweight, International Boxing Federation, Jeison Rosario, Julian Williams, WBA, WBA super welterweight, World Boxing Association

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