By Dave Spencer at ringside
Philadelphia super-middleweight Julian ‘J-Rock’ Williams (16-0-1 10KO) landed a crunching right hand followed up quickly with two more connects and scored a KO victory at 1:59 of the 8th round over a out-gunned Michael Medina (26-5-2 20KO). The action was pretty much all Williams who was landing with more and more authority as this one progressed. Medina entered the contest being stopped within the first two rounds in two of his last four fights and was much too hittable, particularly starting in the fourth when the Philly fighter started finding a home for his right hand. Much of the bout could have been held in a phone booth as Medina from Los Angeles had ample opportunity to answer back and did so, but it was Williams winning the exchanges.
Montreal welterweight Junior Ulysse managed to impress in sophomore effort, moving to 2-0 with a first round TKO distraction of Carlos Olivera (6-7 4KO) of Argentina. It took all of 1:38 for the 25-year-old to score a pair of knockdowns and then have the referee jump in and stop the third that was imminent. Ulysse has looked impressive so far in both his knockout wins.
Light-heavyweight Elieder Alvarez (15-0 8KO) got the evening underway with a less than scintillating unanimous decision over Alexander Johnson (15-2 6KO). Johnson seemed reluctant to engage and Alvarez was only too happy to oblige, content to cruise to a 97-92 score on all three scorecards. Even the fifth round knockdown lacked intensity as the top-ranked (#2WBO #3WBA #11WBC) Alvarez connected with a right hand that had Johnson back=peddling across the ring until he ran out of real-estate and went down to one knee. With 30 seconds left, both fighters, still fresh presumably, finally decided to engage but it was about 9-1/2 rounds too late to salvage any entertainment value.