Williams, best known for beating the legendary
Mike Tyson in 2004, has been written off many
times before in his career, latest after losing
his British title to Dereck Chisora last year, but
also has an amazing history of bouncing back to
prove he still has something to offer.
As far back as 2003 critics called him a shot
fighter after a loss to Sinan Samil Sam in
Germany, but less than eighteen months later he
stopped Tyson in four rounds. In 2005 he beat
Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton, but when he lost
rematches to both in 2006 there were again cries
for his retirement.
But Williams proved people wrong in 2007 when he
took the British title from Scott Gammer, and
followed up with victories over Konstantin Airich
and John McDermott in 2008. An unexpected loss to
future European champion Albert Sosnowski then
seemed to signal the end, but six months later he
successfully defended the British title in a
rematch with McDermott.
After the loss to Chisora, even Williams himself
said it was over,
but after a ten month break he returned last month
in a low-key fight in Germany and stopped
journeyman Frank Kary Roth in two rounds.
last week he fought again, and looked terrific and
in excellent shape when he stopped former UBO
International champion Laszlo Toth (9-2) in the
“I’ve been fighting since the age of eight, and I
love the sport too much to walk away”, Williams
told the Times before the Toth fight. “All
I want to do is box. I have no desire to become a
trainer or a promoter. I’m a realist, not a fool.
I know what skills I’ve got left and what level I
can still box at.”