NEWARK, N.J. -- Five years ago, Colombian Joel Julio was a fast-rising welterweight with a 27-0 record that included 26 knockouts. But after losing a title eliminator by decision to Carlos Quintana, Julio's career took an ill-advised detour to the 154-pound light middleweight division, where he floundered.
In recent years, it seemed Julio was a shooting star about to flame out after losing three of his past five fights, including a stoppage by James Kirkland and a knockout loss to Alfredo Angulo 13 months ago. "After five years of thinking it through," Main Events promoter Kathy Duva said this week. "Joel has come to the conclusion he should come back down to welterweight."
Not a moment too soon. At 26, there's still time for Julio (36-4, 31 KOs) to revive his career, and the first step comes Friday night against Anges Adjaho (17-5, 9 KOs) in what Duva described as a "club show" in the AmeriHealth Pavillion at the Prudential Center.