Jermall Charlo looked a lion in every way as he dropped and stopped Julian J Roc Williams on Saturday night in CA and on Showtime, in a battle of unbeaten 154s.
In round five, Charlo, who holds the IBF version of the straps, caught a Williams launch with his right hand, stayed balanced and shot his own thunderous right uppercut.
Down went the Philly challenger who hectored the Texas twin for a year for a crack.
He rose but was compromised. Charlo knew it, pressed and punished the PA man. As JRock tumbled the ref halted the tango, and the winner went off.
He'd been dissed and dismissed, he explained after, and his emotions took over.
A jab from Charlo sent Williams down in the second but he then looked liked he'd gotten his sea legs and was getting into a good defensive groove. Then the lion roared and J Roc paid for his insistent demand of a title shot.
After, Jermall said he was kind of sorry for refusing a Williams olive branch in the ring. He said also making 154 is super hard but he'd stay for a big fight, like versus Canelo.