NEW YORK (June 16, 2014) – Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion Lonnie Bradley (29-1-1, 21 KOs) and unbeaten junior middleweight prospect Julian “J Rock” Williams (16-0-1, 10 KOs) are this month’s scheduled Ring 8 guest speakers tomorrow night (Tuesday, June 17 starting at 7 p.m.) at historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York.
Born in South Carolina, Bradley fought out of New York City and captured the WBO 160-pound title in 1995, defeating David Mendez by way of a 12th round technical knockout. He made six successful world title defenses during the following two years, winning five and fighting Otis Grant to a draw. Bradley’s world title fight victims were Dario Victor Galindez (TKO1), Randy Smith (TKO2), Lonnie Beasley (DEC12), Somin Brown (DEC12) and John Williams (TKO8).
Managed and trained by Stephan Edwards, Williams is a 24-year-old out of Philadelphia who is rated No. 3 by the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) and No. 10 by the United States Boxing Association (USBA).
In 2013, Williams defeated former world champion Joachim Alcine by eight-round decision, followed by a World Boxing Council (WBC) junior middleweight title fight against 19-0 Hugo Centeno, Jr. that ended in a “no contest” due to an accidental head-butt.
Williams has stopped his last three opponents, Orlando Lora (29-4-2) and Freddy Hernandez (30-6) in three rounds, and Michael Medina (26-4-2) by eighth-round TKO this past May on the Adonis Stevenson-Andzej Fonfara undercard at Belle Centre in Montreal.
“Lonnie Bradley was a great fighter whose career was cut short due to a detached retina,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “He was fun to watch. In 1995, right before he won the world title, he won a 10-round decision over Apolinar Hernandez in Hauppauge (NY) for the New York State middleweight title. We’re delighted to have Lonnie and junior middleweight prospect Julian Williams as this month’s speakers. The junior middleweight division is one of the hottest in boxing and Julian’s one of the top 154-pound prospects. He’s another good prospect from a long line of tough Philly fighters.”
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