Showing good power and a wide array of punches, unbeaten 154 pound contender Julian Williams (21-0-1, 13 KOs) dispatched #10 WBC Luciano Cuello (35-4, 17 KOs) in the 1st round of a fight that was never competitive from the get go on Tuesday evening on Premier Boxing Champions [PBC] on Fox Sports 1 at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
With no reason to respect the weaker and slower punches from the smaller 31-year-old Cuello, Williams attacked him all-out from the opening bell. Around midpoint of the round, Williams connected on two big consecutive right hands that had Cuello hurt.
Cuello then backed up to the ropes and covered up rather than grabbing a hold of Williams. At this point Williams jumped on Cuello, landing a blizzard of punches that resulted in the referee Gary Rosato. The fight was stopped at 1:33 of the round with Cuello still on his feet but looking badly hurt.
It’s difficult to know how good the 25-year-old Williams is from this one fight. We know that he was able to unload on Cuello and show good hand speed, power and a lot of different punching angles. However, we don’t know that Williams will be able to do the same thing against the cream of the junior middleweight division against fighters like Jermall Charlo, Demetrius Andrade, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Austin Trout and Cornelius Bundrage. Williams says he’s ready to fight Charlo and Trout. I do agree that he would probably be too strong for Trout, but definitely not too strong for a talented fighter like Charlo.
Williams was beaten by Errol Spence in the amateurs. He showed some flaws in his game before he turned pro. Some of the flaws are still there such as his lack of punching power, defensive skills and a lack of finesse.
In the undercard, WBA interim 122 pound champion Moises Flores (24-0, 17 KOs) set a fast pace of nonstop punches to wear down his opponent WBA #8 Luis “La Ardilla” Cusulito (21-2, 19 KOs) to score a 12th round knockout in a total war. Both fighters took turns nailing each other with big shots all throughout the fight.
In the 12th, Flores landed a series of big shots that caused the referee Benji Esteves to stop the fight. Cusulito wasn’t happy about the stoppage, as he felt that he could have kept fighting and made it out of the round. It’s debatable. What we do know is that Cusulito would have needed a knockout to win, so it’s for the best that the referee stopped the fight.
Still unbeaten 168 pound prospect Caleb Plant (10-0, 8 KOs) defeated Jamar Freeman (13-5-2, 7 KOs) by an eight round unanimous decision win. The fight was scored 80-71, 80-71 and 79-72 by the three judges. Free was dropped in the 3rd after getting smashed by a thunderous right hand. Plant would later buzz Freeman again in both the 5th and 6th rounds. Freeman fought smart in the 7th and 8th rounds, and seemed to settle down a little despite being overmatched.