"I think he failed his test and the Texas State Athletic Commission wouldn't let him fight. So my team, Team Haymon and my coach Breadman, they exhausted all of the resources to try and hurry and find an opponent, but things didn't work out in my favor. Everything happens for a reason ... What I'm hearing now is I may be fighting in Puerto Rico on March 15th on the Danny Garcia card, but like I said, things change in boxing. It might be sooner, it might be later, but I'm just gonna stay in shape like I always do; stay ready so I don't have to get ready," stated fast-rising undefeated jr. middleweight Julian Williams, who talked about the cancellation of his fight scheduled for tonight's Golden Boy Live card, his future plans, and more. Check it out!
PC: You were scheduled to fight Alex Bunema Monday night. He failed his medical exam or something. How did you get this news and what are you hearing?
JW: I think he failed his test and the Texas State Athletic Commission wouldn't let him fight. So my team, Team Haymon and my coach Breadman, they exhausted all of the resources to try and hurry and find an opponent, but things didn't work out in my favor. Everything happens for a reason. I'll just go back to the gym and stay in shape and hopefully I'll be hearing something coming up in a couple of days.
PC: It's always tough when you go through a full camp like that to not be able to fight.
JW: Yeah! I'm almost like a young veteran because this happened to me before. One time, I flew out to California to fight and the same exact thing happened. Of course it's aggravating, but this is the sport of boxing, you know. But yeah, I had a long training camp and the weather in Philly is terrible, snowing every day, but it's a part of the game.
PC: You always keep a positive outlook on things, man. Where do you go from here?
JW: What I'm hearing now is I may be fighting in Puerto Rico on March 15th on the Danny Garcia card, but like I said, things change in boxing. It might be sooner, it might be later, but I'm just gonna stay in shape like I always do; stay ready so I don't have to get ready.
PC: What was the game plan going into the fight with Bunema, who was your most experienced opponent to date?
JW: I wanted to go to his body and slow him down; flatten those tires, you know. I was gonna try to take him out. I thought I had a really good chance of stopping him. I know he was a sturdy guy. He was stopped four times, but he was stopped by championship caliber fighters; actually, world champions. He was stopped by Jermain Taylor, Sergio Martinez, Kassim Ouma, and then somebody stopped him early. So whenever I fight a guy like that who has been in with those kind of guys, I want to do better, you know what I mean?
PC: You always do your homework on guys and find out who did what to them and how.
JW: I try to do better than what they done. I know he's a little bit older now, but he is still a competitive fighter and only the elite has stopped him.
PC: I know a lot of your supporters and fans were looking forward to you fighting. Anything you want to say to them?
JW: Oh yeah, they were looking forward to it, but to them, I will be fighting real soon within a couple of weeks, you know. I got a great team around me. They gonna think of something. Just stay tuned and I will keep you posted; everything is going to be alright. I will be fighting soon.
PC: You had a number set in the amount of times you wanted to get in there this year. Is this a setback or, being that you plan on fighting in a couple of weeks or so, you still feel you can reach that goal?
JW: Yeah, for sure, I will definitely hit my goal. I want a title shot by the end of the year. I think if I can get in 3 or 4 good ones with some good names with some good experience, I think it can happen.
PC: I appreciate your time and I look forward to seeing you get back in the ring soon. Stay positive and keep me posted.
JW: Alright, thanks Percy. Thanks for calling.
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