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Carlos Adames: “My goal is to win by spectacular knockout”

Carlos Adames. Photo credit: MJS Entertainment

WBC interim middleweight champion Carlos Adames 22-1 (17) will be looking to make a statement when he takes on Julian ‘J-Rock’ Williams 28-3-1 (16) at The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota this Saturday night.

The middleweight division is wide open at the moment with Gennadiy Golovkin relinquishing his WBA and IBF titles recently. Erislandy Lara, 40, has been upgraded to full WBA champion while shouthpaw Zhanibek Alimkhanuly own the WBO belt but is yet to be fully tested.

WBC champion Jermall Charlo looks to be the best of the bunch but he has not fought for two years as he deals with person issues outside of the ring.

A strong showing from 29-year-old Dominican Adames against Williams, 33, will help make a case for bigger fights for him down the road.

“My time will come where I will show the world that I’m the best middleweight,” The Ring number three contender said. “A dominant victory on Saturday night will ensure me a fight with Jermall Charlo to see who the real WBC middleweight champion is. It’s been very difficult to get the big names in the ring with me, but I just have to keep winning.”

Since moving up to middleweight in 2021, Adames has been on a tear. He won a close but decisive majority decision victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko and most recently a third-round KO of Juan Macias Montiel in October. He is now training in Las Vegas has thrived in another training camp under top trainer Bob Santos.

“I had an incredible training camp in Las Vegas with my coach Bob Santos,” said Adames. “We put in a lot of hard work and got some excellent sparring with some very good fighters. My road work was taken to the next level, with a lot of running in high elevation. I’m eating the best foods and feeling great.”

Saturday night will see Adames battle perhaps his most accomplished opponent to date in the former unified 154-pound champion Williams, a Philadelphia-native who defeated Jarrett Hurd in one of 2019’s best fights to capture WBA and IBF titles. Although Williams only made his middleweight debut in November with a unanimous decision over Rolando Mansilla, Adames knows the danger that Williams presents.

“I see Williams as a dangerous opponent,” said Adames. “He’s a former world champion who has a lot of experience and he has nothing to lose at this point in his career. I’m expecting a tough fight, but I feel I’m the better fighter in every aspect. I feel I can break him down and end the fight in the middle to late rounds.”

Since losing a 154-pound interim title fight to Patrick Teixeira on points in 2019, Adames has worked his way up the 160-pound division and will now step into the ring for his first Showtime main event on Saturday night, with the goal of closing the show early and in dominant fashion.

“This is another great opportunity to showcase my talent on the big stage,” said Adames. “Showtime is where the stars are born. I can’t wait to show my people back in the Dominican Republic, and here in the U.S., all the hard work that we put into this camp. This is my first main event on Showtime and I’m going to take full advantage of the situation.

“My goal is to win by spectacular knockout.”