Fight Night – Williams vs Cuello and Flores vs Cusolito
Tuesday September 22, 2015– The first two Premier Boxing Champions Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays cards have featured impressive performances by a pair of boxing’s rising stars. Another title contender looks to continue that streak in a 154-pound clash from the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
One quick glance at Julian Williams’ résumé is enough to confirm the 25-year-old Philadelphia native is one skilled fighter: Since making his pro debut in May 2010, Williams has gone 20-0-1 with 12 knockouts.
But here’s what those numbers fail to show: In his last seven bouts going back to 2013, Williams hasn’t so much as lost a round on a single judge’s scorecard. That includes a pair of victories this year—a 10-round unanimous decision over Joey Hernandez in April and a sixth-round technical knockout of Arman Ovsepyan in June.
Now “J Rock” takes a step up in class when he squares off against Luciano Cuello (35-3-0, 17 KOs) in a scheduled 10-rounder. Cuello has won three fights in a row and nine of his last 10, the only blemish being a narrow loss on points to Willie Nelson in June 2013.
While Williams has been very active lately—this being his third fight in 5½ months—Cuello has been out of the ring since November. Will the extra rest give the 31-year-old Madrid resident a decided advantage as he attempts to hand Williams his first defeat? Or will rest give way to rust, allowing Williams to keep his perfect record intact and continue his ascent in a highly competitive division?
You don’t make it through your first 21 fights with an unblemished record and not impress a few people along the way. Among Julian Williams’ biggest admirers? None other than Naazim Richardson, Philadelphia’s dean of boxing trainers.
“J Rock is the truth,” said Richardson, who trains Bernard Hopkins and works out of the James Shuler Memorial gym. “He has talent, a ferocious determination and the intangibles to be a champion.
“Not just speed and power, but he’s a real student of the game who takes it very seriously. He approaches the game like he’s a professional. It’s his job, and he’s always on top of it. He’s one of the top prospects—not just in the [154-pound] division, but in the sport.”
A 25-year-old boxer-puncher, Williams (20-0-1, 12 KOs) will pursue his sixth stoppage in eight fights when he faces Luciano Cuello (35-3, 17 KOs) on September 22.
Williams last fought June 13, when he earned a sixth-round TKO victory over Arman Ovsepyan in Birmingham, Alabama.
As for the 31-year-old Cuello, he’s riding a three-fight winning streak and could be Williams’ most difficult challenge to date. Then again, Cuello’s three losses occurred in his most high-profile matches: He was stopped in the sixth round by Canelo Alvarez and lost unanimous decisions to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Willie Nelson.
Moises Flores and Luis Emanuel Cusolito have quite a bit in common, from their ages (Flores is 28; Cusolito 27) to their Hispanic heritage (Flores is Mexican; Cusolito from Argentina) to their fighting styles (both are orthodox).
Here’s one more similarity: The two 122-pounders are used to winning boxing matches in powerful fashion. Flores (23-0, 16 KOs) and Cusolito (21-1-0, 19 KOs) enter their scheduled 12-round clash having combined for 44 victories in 45 fights, with 35 of those wins ending early.
One of Flores’ rare non-stoppages occurred in his most recent bout in April, a 12-round split-decision victory over Oscar Escandon. It was easily the toughest fight of his career, and also the first time he’d gone more than seven rounds.
Cusolito is coming off a second-round TKO of Sergio Carlos Santillan in March. It was the fourth time in his last five outings that Cusolito—who will be making his U.S. debut against Flores—finished an opponent inside of two rounds.
Given their combined 35 knockouts in 45 fights, chances are Argentina’s Luis Emanuel Cusolito and Mexico’s Moises Flores won’t make it to the final bell when they square off September 22 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
Cusolito (21-1, 19 KOs) will be after his eighth consecutive win—and his seventh by knockout—when he enters the ring for this scheduled 12-round Premier Boxing Champions bout (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, Fox Sports 1).
Flores (23-0, 16 KOs) comes in off a 12-round split-decision victory over Oscar Escandon in a 122-pound title fight in April in Carson, California. It was just the second time in his last 16 fights that the undefeated 28-year-old had been taken the distance.
Cusolito, 27, will be making his American debut, with all but one of his fights taking place in his home country. Cusolito can only hope fighting on foreign soil doesn’t mess with his mojo, as he’s recorded a TKO in five consecutive bouts—all in his homeland—four of which didn’t even make it to the end of the second round.
In fact, with the exception of Flores’ victory over Escandon in April, neither boxer has fought more than seven rounds in their entire careers.
(All Content Courtesy of PBC)
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