|Danny Williams – ‘The Brixton Bomber’
|Danny Williams and Sam Sexton were suppose to fight in February, but with Sexton injuring his hand in a freak accident, this anticipated British heavyweight match-up was cancelled.
The fight is now back on, and with both boxers at different spectrum’s of there careers, it is a fight that will answer questions for both.
– Is Sexton the new kid on the British block, capable of talking over the veteran Williams’ mantle?
Or will Williams shock everyone again, and leave a fine career on his shield?
Danny Williams, 36, the British heavyweight title holder, will put it all on the line against Commonwealth champion Sam Sexton at Upton Park on May 15, in what will be his last fight win, lose or draw.
The Brixton Bomber with a career record of 41 wins from 50 fights, will best be remembered for his fourth-round knockout of Mike Tyson in 2004, that night at Freedom Hall State Fairground, in Louisville, Kentucky, will go down as the Brixton mans finest hour.
In December Williams admitted to be being a “shot fighter” but has since found his appetite in the toughest game of all, in this his final curtain call.
“Regardless of what happens against Sexton, I’m retiring. This is my last fight and that makes me more hungry and dangerous,” he said.
“I’ve got nothing to lose. I’m now taking some supplements – secret and miracle supplements – and they’ve made me a new man, trust me.
“I’ve got my mojo back now. Sam should have fought me in February because he’d have had more chance then.
“Now I’m going to give it to him. I came into boxing as a winner and I don’t want to go out as a loser.
“I’ll put everything into this fight. But then that’s it , I couldn’t be tempted back. Twenty-eight years in the sport is enough.”
Not winning a world title will always be a regret of Danny’s, but life out of the ring is now his concern, and has already got plans in-place to be a professional body guard.
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“I’m going to be a professional bodyguard for showbiz personalities,” he said.
“After this fight I’m going to do a two-week course to shoot guns and stuff like that.
“I’m not satisfied with what I’ve achieved – I’d have liked to have won the world title.
“The highlights of my career were Mike Tyson and beating Mark Potter (Williams fought on after dislocating his right arm early in the fight).
“My ambition was always to be a fighter of courage, like one of my heroes Rocky Marciano.”
Williams was scheduled to meet Sexton in February but the Commonwealth champion was forced to withdraw after cutting his thumb during a cooking accident at home.
Williams then pulled out of a British title defence against late replacement Derek Chisora on the same bill citing a heavy cold, though some reports offered an alternative explanation.
“It was a load of rubbish when people said my head wasn’t right,” said Williams.
“I was offered a fight with Audley Harrison on April 9 for the European title.
“I was debating whether I should go for that or whether I should fight Sexton.
“I went for this fight because I only had three weeks’ notice to fight Audley. That wasn’t enough time to prepare.
“The last time I boxed Audley I only had five days notice and I lost, but people only remember that I lost and not that I had five days’ notice.”
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Sexton, 31, seized and defended the Commonwealth title with two early wins against tough Northern Irishman Martin Rogan in Belfast.
“Danny says he’s got his mojo back, but it will have to be some mojo to beat me,” said Sexton, who has just one defeat in 14 fights.
Sexton is not having any of it and believes an impressive win over Williams could put him in line for a crack at four-time world heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield.
The Real Deal, 47, won the lightly regarded WBF title at the weekend by stopping Frans Botha in Las Vegas, and would be a big name on the Norwich mans record.
But first Sexton Say’s he has got all his attentions on sending another big name into retirement first in Danny Williams, and then maybe he can set his sites on the future Hall of Famer Holyfield.
“Everyone in the States knows him as the man who beat Mike Tyson and fought Vitali Klitschko, so when I’ve knocked him out they’ll know all about me as well.
“Williams has been a great champion but it’s time for the next generation to come through.
“He has said he’s going to pack it in after this fight, but I’ll send him into retirement off the back of a loss — not a victory.”
Sexton, who holds the Commonwealth title, added: “I’d take a fight with Holyfield in a heartbeat. When I was growing up, he was one of my heroes.
“To have the chance to share the ring with him would be the opportunity of a lifetime.
“He showed at the weekend that he’s still dangerous and he’s still got a punch. But I’d be too fast, too fit and too fresh for him.
“If his management want to keep him on course for a world title shot, then they best steer clear of me.
“To be honest, if I fought him the next step for him afterwards would be retirement.
“I just don’t see what he’s got to beat me and I’ll knock him out as well.”
By Chris Maylett British Boxers
British Boxing News
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