Danny Williams (boxer)


Danny Williams (boxer)
Danny Williams
Statistics
Real name Daniel Williams
Nickname(s) Brixton Bomber
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)
Reach 79 in (201 cm)
Nationality England English
Born 13 July 1973 (1973-07-13) (age 38)
Brixton, London, England
Stance [Orthodox]
Boxing record
Total fights 55
Wins 44
Wins by KO 33
Losses 10(6KO)
Draws 0
No contests 1
Medal record
Competitor for  England
Men’s Boxing
European Amateur Championships
Bronze 1993 Bursa Heavyweight
Commonwealth Games
Bronze 1994 Victoria Super Heavyweight

Daniel "Danny" Williams (born 13 July 1973, London, England) is an English professional heavyweight boxer.

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Amateur

As an amateur boxing out of the famous Lynn AC boxing gym in SE London, Williams learned his trade quickly, often sparring with the likes of clubmates Henry Akinwande and Derek Angol. In 1991 Williams won the PLA tournament and won a gold medal in Sardinia multination tournament and a gold medal in a Greek multinations tournament. In a Finland multinations in 1992 he won a bronze medal.

Williams won a bronze medal at the European Championships 1993 at heavyweight in the 91 kg/201 lbs limit and bronze at super heavyweight at the 1994 Commonwealth Games.[1] Williams also won a gold medal at the 1994 Liverpool multinations tournament. His amateur record was 29-6.

Professional

Williams turned pro in 1995 knocking out Vance Ideans in two rounds. He fought routinely on Frank Warren undercards and compiled a 15-0 (12 knockouts) record. He is currently managed by London promoter Michael Helliet and is trained by Jim McDonagh.[2]

He took his first big step up in April 1999 to challenge Julius Francis for his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles. A hot favourite, Williams was outboxed and lost a points decision to the 34 year old veteran.

Francis would later vacate the Commonwealth title for a big money fight with Mike Tyson, and Williams won the title with a closely contested split decision over respected British contender (and former amateur clubmate) Harry Senior.

British and Commonwealth champion

In 2000 Williams put together four knockouts before fighting Mark Potter for the Commonwealth title and the vacant British title. In a dramatic fight, Williams suffered a grotesque dislocated right arm, yet very bravely fought on with one arm and knocked Potter out with a left uppercut.[3]

After an eight month layoff for surgery and recovery, Williams returned to bomb out Kali Meehan in 32 seconds,[4] then avenged his defeat to Francis, stopping the 36 year old on an eye injury in the 4th round.[5] Afterwards he was signed by Don King and ended 2001 knocking out US journeyman Shaun Robinson in two rounds on an undercard in America.[6] His tenure under King would prove to be uneventful, and he did not renew his contract at the end of 2002, a year that saw Williams retain his British and Commonwealth titles with a knockout of late sub Michael Sprott[7] and a points win over Keith Long. As this was Williams' third defence of the British title, he won the Lonsdale belt outright,[8] before dropping out of a fight in America with hard hitting South African southpaw Corrie Sanders, because it coincided with Ramadan.[citation needed]

In February 2003 Williams travelled to Germany to fight the Turk Sinan Samil Sam for his European heavyweight title. A hot favourite, Williams was surprisingly dropped three times and stopped in six rounds.[9] In the UK, his local rivals Audley Harrison and Herbie Hide derided him in the press.

In January 2004 Williams re-signed with Frank Warren. After two comeback knockout wins, in July he went to Louisville, Kentucky to fight former World champion Mike Tyson. Tyson suffered ligament damage to his knee during the fight and was counted out sitting with his back to the ropes after a torrent of punches from Williams in the fourth round. Tyson made no attempt to get to his feet while looking up at the referee.

In December he finally challenged for the world heavyweight title, but Vitali Klitschko proved too much, as Williams was stopped in the 8th round.[10]

After the world title challenge

In December Williams regained his old Commonwealth belt by beating undefeated, Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison.

Williams retained the Commonwealth title with a win over undefeated Matt Skelton in March 2006.

In December 2006 when Skelton dropped out of a fight with Audley Harrison, Williams stepped in at a weeks notice, although by his own admission he had been training for eight weeks for a fight with British champion Scott Gammer. Williams lost by tko in the 3rd round, suffering a broken nose.

In March 2007 Williams regained the British title in Wales with a 9th round knockout of Scott Gammer. Williams came in at the lightest he had been since his pro debut 16 stones 4 pounds {4 stones lighter than his previous fight} after training himself for the fight just with a piece of paper that contained a conditioning programme given to him by Joe Dunbar who had worked with Lennox Lewis.

After he had watched the tape of his fight with Gammer, Williams decided he would continue boxing and took a fight with 26-1 22 KOs Ukrainian prospect Oleg Platov. He came in again at 270 lbs. Both fighters were engaged in wild exchanges from the first bell on. The Ukrainian picked up a badly-bleeding cut above the left eye following an accidental headbutt in the second round and he continued to swing wild punches but not without taking some huge shots from Williams. After 2:15 in the fourth and with the cut getting worse, the referee waved the fight off. According to the rules of the IBF, it was declared a no contest. Sauerland managing director Chris Meyer defended the decision. "The rules are clear," he said. "We had an accidental headbutt and the referee, who consulted the doctor several times, ruled he could not continue to protect his health. Speaking exclusively to SecondsOut after the fight a disappointed Williams said: “He (Platov) was looking for a way out and he got it. He knew the rules and worked them. He was starting to tire and knew it was only a matter of time before I knocked him out. ...I found it slow in the early rounds but I when I got going I started to get on top. He knew I was gonna knock him out and he was looking for a way out. I’m not sure whether or not it was a punch or a head clash that cut him in the second round. It took be a little while to get going but I really enjoyed it, it was a great fight while it lasted. But he was looking for a way out. He kept falling to the floor and it was only a matter of time before I knocked him out.”[citation needed]

Airich fight

On 30 May 2008 Williams defeated unbeaten German, Konstantin Airich in a highly controversial fight. Williams had a total of 3 points deducted in rounds 2 and 5[11] creating a feeling afterwards that the referee was blatantly on the side of the German. In addition he was given 2 standing 8 counts by the referee in round 3 despite not actually being knocked down or touching the canvas, and was also counted after slipping in round 4.[12] After managing to fight back and score a knockdown himself in round 5, in the 6th round Williams unleashed a series of extremely punishing blows on his opponent sending him reeling across the ring At this point Airich's promoter Ahmet Oner controversially ran over and rang the timekeeper's bell himself to end the round and save his fighter, even though there was still 1:28 left to go in the round.[13] Despite this confusion the fight continued after the shortened 6th round and after seeing his man absorb more heavy punishment in the next round Oner eventually threw in the towel handing Williams a 7th round TKO victory.

In the aftermath of the fight Williams was extremely critical of the performance of both the referee and fight promoters, and has called for the British Boxing Board of Control to conduct an immediate investigation into the fight.[14][15]

McDermott fights

Williams faced John McDermott at Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham on 18 July 2008. Despite being deducted three points in rounds eleven and twelve, he defeated McDermott in a majority points decision. He was due to face John McDermott in a rematch at York Hall on 8 November 2008, but McDermott withdrew due to a rib injury. Williams also faced a bout with Francois Botha on 30 November 2008 in Egypt.[16] Polish fighter Albert Sosnowski was called in as a late replacement for McDermott. Williams suffered a shock defeat by 8th round TKO and as a result the Botha fight was called off. The McDermott rematch was finally arranged for the 2 May 2009 in a defence of the British Heavyweight Championship belt that Williams held. Williams won the match on split decision.

Prizefighter

Williams took part in the Prizefighter tournament on 2 October 2009. In the run up to the tournament Williams said he would knock out Audley Harrison and show himself as the best British heavyweight. In his first bout on the night, Carl Baker from Sheffield beat Williams on points after knocking him down twice in the opening round.

Chisora fight

Williams defended his British title for a third and final time against Derek Chisora on 15 May 2010. Williams lost by KO in round two. Before the fight he promised this would be his last fight, win or lose, but he has yet to announce his retirement. The fight was originally due to take place against Sam Sexton in February but was put back to May after Sexton injured his hand. Sexton withdrew from the fight again after his mother suffered a brain aneurysm and Chisora stepped in as a replacement.[17]

Comeback

Williams returned to boxing after nearly a year of inactivity with a 2nd Round TKO victory over German Frank Kary Roth in Bielefeld on March 5, 2011. On April 9, he scored his second KO win since his comeback. He won a 1 round KO against Hungarian Laszlo Toth. On June 25 Williams suffered a bad TKO defeat against Manuel Charr. He lost by TKO in round 7.[18] Hen Then won a SD against Alfred Cole on September 3, in Sweden.

Islam

Williams is a devout Muslim and was first drawn to Islam while abroad, "I went to Turkey and heard the Adhan" he explained. "I was a Christian at the time and I got goose bumps and carried on looking into Islam and I just felt this was the way of life for me and this was the way of life for God."[19]

Professional boxing record

44 Wins (33 knockouts, 11 decisions), 10 Losses, 0 Draws[20]
Result Record Opponnent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 44–10
1 NC
United States Alfred Cole SD 6 (6) 2011-09-03 Sweden Karlstad CCC, Karlstad, Sweden
Lose 43–10
1 NC
Syria Manuel Charr TKO 7 (10) 2011-06-25 Germany Lanxess-Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 43–9
1 NC
Hungary Laszlo Toth KO 1 (10)
N/A
2011-04-09 Germany Class, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Win 42–9
1 NC
Germany Frank Kary Roth TKO 2 (6)
1:25
2011-03-05 Germany Sportpalast, Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Lose 41–9
1 NC
England Derek Chisora TKO 2 (12)
1:41
2010-05-15 England Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, London, England Lost BBBofC British Heavyweight Title
Williams down twice in the second round.
Lose 41–8
1 NC
England Carl Baker (boxer) UD 3 (3) 2009-10-02 England ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, England 'Prizefighter' Tournament Heavyweight Quarter-Final.
Williams down twice in the 1st round.
Win 41–7
1 NC
England John McDermott SD 12 (12) 2009-05-02 England Crowtree Leisure Centre, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England Retained BBBofC British Heavyweight Title
Lose 40–7
1 NC
Poland Albert Sosnowski TKO 8 (10)
1:17
2008-11-08 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England Williams down in 8th
Win 40–6
1 NC
England John McDermott MD 12 (12) 2008-07-18 England Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex, England Retained BBBofC British Heavyweight Title
Three points deducted from Williams
(2 points in 11th for low blows and pushing & 1 in the 12th for ejecting his gumshield)
Win 39–6
1 NC
Germany Konstantin Airich TKO 7 (8)
3:00
2008-05-30 Spain Pabellon Lasesarre, Baracaldo, País Vasco, Spain
Win 38–6
1 NC
United States Marcus McGee UD 6 (6) 2008-04-12 United States St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida, United States
NC 37–6
1 NC
Ukraine Oleg Platov NC 4 (12) 2007-12-08 Switzerland St. Jakob Halle, Basel, Switzerland IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title
Win 37–6 Wales Scott Gammer KO 9 (12)
1:58
2007-03-02 Wales Neath Sports Centre, Neath, Wales Retained BBBofC British Heavyweight Title
Lose 36–6 England Audley Harrison TKO 3 (12)
2:32
2006-12-09 England ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, England
Lose 36–5 England Matt Skelton UD 12 (12) 2006-07-08 Wales Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales Lost Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title
Win 36–4 Turkey Adnan Serin RTD 3 (10) 2006-05-20 Republic of Ireland Kings Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 35–4 England Matt Skelton SD 12 (12) 2006-02-25 England ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, England Retained Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title
Win 34–4 England Audley Harrison SD 12 (12) 2005-12-10 England ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, England Won vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title
Win 33–4 Hungary Zoltan Petranyi TKO 3 (8)
1:24
2005-06-04 England M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, England
Lose 32–4 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko TKO 8 (12)
1:26
2004-12-11 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBC World Heavyweight Title
Williams down in the 1st, 3rd, 7th & 8th rds.
Win 32–3 United States Mike Tyson KO 4 (10)
2:51
2004-07-30 United States Freedom Hall State Fairgrounds, Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Win 31–3 Côte d'Ivoire Augustin N'Gou TKO 3 (12) 2004-05-13 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England Won vacant WBU International Heavyweight Title
WBU Heavyweight Title Eliminator
Augustin retires with torn biceps
Win 30–3 Montenegro Ratko Draskovic TKO 1 (8) 2004-04-01 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Lose 29–3 England Michael Sprott PTS 12 (12) 2004-01-24 England Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England Lost BBBofC British Heavyweight Title
Lost Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title
Win 29–2 England Michael Sprott TKO 5 (12) 2003-09-26 England Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, Berkshire, England Retained BBBofC British Heavyweight Title
Retained Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title
Win 28–2 Australia Bob Mirovic TKO 4 (12)
2:33
2003-04-26 England Fountain Leisure Centre, Brentford, London, England Retained Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title
Lose 27–2 Turkey Sinan Samil Sam TKO 6 (12)
2:56
2003-02-08 Germany Estrel Convention Center, Neukoelln, Berlin, Germany EBU (European) Heavyweight Title
Williams down three times.
Win 27–1 England Keith Long PTS 12 (12) 2002-09-17 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England Retained Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title.
Williams wins Lonsdale belt outright.
Win 26–1 England Michael Sprott TKO 7 (12) 2002-02-12 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England Retained Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title.
Win 25–1 United States Shawn Robinson TKO 2 (8)
2:21
2001-12-15 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States Robinson down in the 1st round & down twice in the 2nd round.
Win 24–1 England Julius Francis TKO 4 (12)
2:15
2001-07-28 England Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England Retained Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title.
Win 23–1 Australia Kali Meehan TKO 1 (12)
0:32
2001-06-09 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England Retained Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title
Win 22–1 England Mark Potter TKO 6 (12)
2:41
2000-10-21 England Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England Won vacant BBBofC British Heavyweight Title
Retained Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title
Williams dislocated his right shoulder early in the fight before coming back to stop Potter with his left.
Win 21–1 United States Quinn Navarre TKO 6 (8) 2000-09-23 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win 20–1 England Craig Bowen-Price KO 1 (8)
2:13
2000-06-24 Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
Win 19–1 England Michael Murray KO 6 (10) 2000-05-06 Germany Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
Win 18–1 South Africa Anton Nel KO 5 (8)
2:29
2000-02-19 England Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex, England
Win 17–1 England Harry Senior PTS 12 (12) 1999-12-18 England Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London, England
Win 16–1 Hungary Ferenc Deak KO 1 (8) 1999-10-02 Belgium Namur, Namur, Belgium
Lose 15–1 England Julius Francis PTS 12 (12) 1999-04-03 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England BBBofC British Heavyweight Title
Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title
Francis wins the Lonsdale Belt outright
Win 15–0 France Antoine Palatis UD 12 (12) 1998-10-10 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England vacant WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title
Title had been vacated by Vitaly Klitschko to fight for the EBU title
Win 14–0 Argentina Juan Antonio Diaz KO 3 (8) 1998-05-16 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win 13–0 England Shane Woollas TKO 2 (8) 1998-02-21 Republic of Ireland Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 12–0 United States Derek Amos TKO 4 (8) 1997-12-19 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win 11–0 United States Bruce Douglas TKO 2 (8) 1997-11-15 England Whitchurch Leisure Centre, Bristol, Avon, England
Win 10–0 England Roger McKenzie TKO 2 (8) 1997-07-19 England The Arena, Wembley, London, England
Win 9–0 England Albert Call TKO 4 (6) 1997-05-03 England Nynex Arena, Manchester, England
Win 8–0 England Shane Woollas KO 2 (6) 1997-02-08 England New London Arena, Millwall, London, England
Win 7–0 England Michael Murray TKO 1 (4) 1996-11-09 England Nynex Arena, Manchester, England
Win 6–0 England Andy Lambert TKO 2 (4) 1996-08-31 Republic of Ireland The Point, Dublin, Ireland
Win 5–0 England John Pierre PTS 4 (4) 1996-07-13 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win 4–0 United States James Wilder PTS 4 (4) 1996-03-09 Republic of Ireland Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Ireland
Win 3–0 England Alvin Miller TKO 1 (4) 1996-02-13 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win 2–0 England Joey Paladino TKO 1 (4) 1995-12-09 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win 1–0 England Vance Idiens KO 2 (4) 1995-10-21 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England

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Vacant
Title last held by
Julius Francis
Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion
December 18 1999 - January 24 2004
Succeeded by
Michael Sprott
Vacant
Title last held by
Mike Holden
British Heavyweight Champion
October 21 2000 - January 24 2004
Vacant
Title last held by
Matt Skelton
Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion
December 10 2005 - July 8 2006
Succeeded by
Matt Skelton
Preceded by
Scott Gammer
British Heavyweight Champion
March 22 2007 - May 15 2010
Succeeded by
Derek Chisora

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