Danny Williams

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Name: Danny Williams
Alias: 'Brixton Bomber'
Birth Name: Daniel Peter Williams
Hometown: Brixton, London, United Kingdom
Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 191cm
Reach: 201cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Trainers: Jim McDonnell, David Pereira, Ian Allcock Danny Williams is a former 2 x British and Commonwealth heavyweight title holder. He holds notable wins over Kali Meehan, Julius Francis, Michael Sprott, Audley Harrison, Matt Skelton and Mike Tyson.

Amateur Career

Danny Williams started boxing out of the famous Lynn AC boxing gym in SE London on the insistence of his father. Williams at first didn’t show much interest in boxing and would wet his t-shirt to make it look like he had been training hard when his dad came to pick him up from the gym. Once he started to take boxing seriously, Williams learned his trade quickly, often sparring with the likes of club mates Henry Akinwande and Derek Angol. In 1991 Williams won the PLA tournament and won a gold medal in Sardinia multi-nation tournament and a gold medal in a Greek multi-nations tournament. In a Finland multi-nations 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 [1] and bronze at super heavyweight at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. [2] Williams also won a gold medal at the 1994 Liverpool multi-nations tournament. His amateur record was 29-6. [3]

Professional Career

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 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. Williams admits that the occasion got to him.

Francis would later vacate the Commonwealth title for a big money fight with Mike Tyson. 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.

After an eight month lay off for key hole surgery and recovery, Williams returned to bomb out Kali Meehan in 32 seconds with the right hand, proving it was in perfect working order and that the surgery had been a success. Williams would then avenge his defeat to Julius Francis, stopping the 36 year old on an eye injury in the 4th round. Afterwards he was signed by Don King and ended 2001 knocking out US journeyman Shaun Robinson in two rounds on the undercard of Evander Holyfield vs John Ruiz 2 in the states. 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 and a points win over Keith Long. As this was Williams' third defence of the British title, he won the Lonsdale belt outright, before dropping out of a fight in America with hard hitting South African southpaw Corrie Sanders, because it coincided with Ramadan.

European Title shot

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. In the UK, his local rivals Audley Harrison and Herbie Hide derided him in the press. After it was revealed that Williams was ill with shingles and didn't feel at his best going in.

Williams returned with a fourth round stoppage of Australian Bob Mirovic to retain his Commonwealth title, then knocked out Michael Sprott in five rounds to defend his British & Commonwealth titles.

To begin 2004, Williams re-signed with Frank Warren then lost his British and Commonwealth in a third meeting with Michael Sprott via a highly disputed points decision.

Tyson vs Williams

After two comeback knockout wins, Williams boxed former World champion Mike Tyson in Freedom Hall State Fairground, Louisville, Kentucky in July 2004. After staggering Williams numerous times in the first round, Tyson suffered ligament damage to his knee towards the end of the round. Williams battled back in to the fight, pushing him back and showing no fear. As Tyson began to tire in the fourth round, Williams threw a torrent of over 20 punches, forcing Tyson to go down. Tyson was counted out sitting with his back to the ropes.

WBC Title shot

In December he finally challenged for a World heavyweight title, but Vitali Klitschko proved too much, as Williams was stopped in the 8th round on his feet after having been floored 4 times throughout the fight.

Return to domestic level

In December Williams regained his old Commonwealth belt by beating undefeated 19-0 Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison by split decision. Williams retained the Commonwealth title with a close points win over undefeated 19-0 Matt Skelton in March 2006. The winner of this bout was supposed to get a shot at WBA world champion John Ruiz according to their promoter Frank Warren. Having now beaten the top two heavyweights in Britain Williams expected his promised second shot at the world title, but instead got journeyman Adnan Serin who he defeated by a third round retirement. He was then made to rematch Skelton. Williams lost his Commonwealth title by unanimous decision in the rematch after coming in at over 20 stone. Williams admits he found it very difficult getting motivated to fight at domestic level again, especially fighting men he had already beaten. After the bout, Skelton stated that he'd been fighting with a fractured right hand, while Williams stated he had hurt his back a few weeks before the fight.

In December 2006 when Skelton dropped out of a fight with Audley Harrison, Williams stepped in at a weeks notice. He 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 unbeaten 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 program given to him by Joe Dunbar who had worked with Lennox Lewis. Williams later admitted that the scales were most likely off though he was in much better shape than he had been for the Skelton and Harrison rematches. Coming in to the Gammer fight, Williams had said if he lost he would likely retire and even if he won but looked bad he would still retire.

Meanwhile, in his next fight Audley Harrison would lose by a stunning one punch knockout to former sparring partner Michael Sprott and Skelton would then beat Sprott for a second time. This earned him a 2008 shot at newly crowned champion Ruslan Chagaev which he would lose widely on points. Williams would never fight for a world title again.

Home cooking

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. Platov took a knee in the second and was on the verge of being knocked out. After 2:15 in the fourth, 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 me 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.” The home fighter escaped with a no contest even though the cut hadn't worsened since the second round. It was a clear hometown decision where the promoter stopped their prospect from an almost guaranteed loss.

Airich controversy

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 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. 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 unbelievably ran over and rang the timekeeper's bell to end the round and save his fighter, even though there was still 1:28 left to go in the round. 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 promoter, and called for the British Boxing Board of Control to conduct an immediate investigation into the fight.

Back to Britain

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. 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. Williams battled back to look on the verge of stopping Baker but ran out of time, and in a 3 round fight he was unable to get enough points back to get the verdict.

The end of an era - Williams vs Chisora

Williams defended his British title for a third and final time against Dereck Chisora on 15 May 2010. Williams lost by TKO in round two. Before the fight he promised this would be his last fight, win or lose. 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. Williams announced his retirement immediately afterwards.

Comeback & End of Career - The journeyman years

Williams returned to boxing after nearly a year of inactivity with a 2nd round TKO victory over German journeyman Frank Kary Roth in Bielefeld on 5 March 2011. He was now being licensed to fight by the Baltic League of Professional Boxing, with the British Boxing Board of Control stating they had concerns about Williams's decline in ability to box. On 9 April, he scored his second KO win since his comeback. He won by a 1st round KO against Hungarian Laszlo Toth. On 25th June Williams suffered a TKO defeat against Manuel Charr. The fight was controversially stopped in round 7 after a barrage from Williams was returned by a short flurry from Charr. It appeared that the referee stopped the fight in Charr's favour as soon as it looked like he may be in trouble. He then won a 6 round SD against former Cruiserweight World champion Alfred Cole on 3 September, in Sweden, Cole returning after two years away from the sport.

A fight with unbeaten Alexander Ustinov was set to take place in October 2011, but Williams withdrew due to a viral infection. Williams fought the Norwegian heavyweight boxer Leif Olve Dolonen Larsen in Pabellon Municipal, Silla, Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain on Friday 2 December 2011. Williams was dropped several times by the former NFL footballer and the fight was stopped in the second round. Williams announced his retirement once again shortly afterwards, but a return to boxing was scheduled against 0–3 middleweight Marvin Meyer, leading to various hoax articles claiming that Williams was moving down to middleweight. This fight never happened, and neither did a rematch with Zoltan Petranyi for the Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) European title, which was called off on the day of the fight after Williams was cut when he fell over in the shower. The two fighters entered the ring on fight night to apologise to the crowd for the incident. A second rescheduling of the fight, which had already been postponed from 2011 due to "personal problems" for Williams, was promised but was never rescheduled.

Williams had two unsuccessful title challenges in September 2012, being outpointed in Finland by Janne Katajisto for the obscure Baltic Boxing Union belt and then being stopped in the 4th round against Christian Hammer in a WBO European heavyweight title fight. Williams refused to take a drugs test after the fight, claiming there was no point as he was going to retire, and that he was shot. However, although causing controversy, Williams has never tested positive for PEDS and it is highly doubtful he would start taking them for such a meaningless fight.

Just days after announcing yet another retirement, Williams called out Mark Potter for a rematch of their famous clash in 2000 when Williams knocked out Potter despite having a dislocated shoulder. Potter responded saying he was very keen on the fight. The fight most likely would have been unlicensed as Potter's BBBofC license was taken away after suffering a detached retina, while the BBBofC have already announced their reservations against licensing Williams. Williams later claimed he had been told to call out Potter on camera, and that he was not being serious.

Once again, Williams' retirement proved to be short-lived as he fought Denis Bakhtov in Podolsk, Russia on 8 December 2012, losing a close but unanimous decision over 10 rounds. 13 days later his career hit a new low as he was outpointed by 12–19–1 journeyman Werner Kreiskott over 8 rounds. The contest was unsanctioned due to Williams' refusal to take a drugs test after the Hammer fight preventing him from being sanctioned in Germany. In March 2013 he boxed an exhibition vs cruiserweight Mairis Briedis in Riga, Latvia and went over in two rounds as agreed beforehand. This fight was of course unsanctioned though somehow has been counted as a genuine loss on his record. Danny fought American Kelvin Price on the 18th of May 2013 losing a controversial 10 round decision in Russia. Next he fought English hard man Dominic Negus in an unlicensed bout in London, England as a farewell to his British fans, stopping Negus in the 4th round. Next up was 9-0 Marcin Rekowski who stopped Williams in the 4th, followed by a close ten round decision loss to former WBC champion Oleg Maskaev. In December 2013 Williams would fight in Abu Dhabi where he stopped Mazur Ali in 6 rounds. 11 days later Williams would lose a 6 round split decision to 8-45-6 Tomas Mrazek in Prague. 2 months later he got stopped for the first time in his career in the 1st round by 27-1 Polish heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk (who was coming off a ko loss to Alexander Povetkin). After 2 knockdowns the referee rightly stopped the fight. 3 months later Williams returned to the win column with a 1st round ko of his own vs Martin Stensky in Czech Republic. Remaining in the Czech Republic, just 7 days later Danny would lose a 4 round decision to 3-4 journeyman Frantisek Kynkal then 3 months later he lost a 4 rounder to debutant Pavel Doroshilov in Russia. In October 2014, Swedish prospect Adrian Granat would stop Williams in the second by TKO in Germany and in December 7-0 Romanian Zsolt Bogdan beat him on a controversial 10 round decision in Budapest.

Starting off 2015, Williams scored 3 wins over Radek Varak (pts 4), Edgars Kalnars (pts 4) (not counted on boxrec) and Pavel Siska (pts 4). In late 2015 Williams boxed an exhibition for charity vs Luan Krasniqi and went over in 4 rounds as agreed beforehand. His only fight of 2016 he lost on cuts to Andreas Sidon in 5 rounds. In 2017 Williams again beat Pavel Siska (pts 4) and then lost a 5 round decision in an unlicensed bout to Hari Miles. In 2018 he again returned to the ring and recorded his 50th win by 1st round stoppage in March vs Rudolf Balaz then he stopped Martin Stensky for the second time in a round in April. Danny scored a third successive 1st round stoppage in May against Jozsef Kormany. His last appearance of the year was an unlicensed bout vs former lightweight Lee McAllister. Williams’ corner threw in the towel in round 10. Danny Williams retired again afterwards only to return for a licensed bout in February 2019 against 42 year old, 24-0 Boban Filipovic. Filipovic signalled to his corner to stop the fight in the 3rd due to exhaustion. In April 2019 he was scheduled to fight a rematch with Balkan heavyweight Ratko Draskovic but Draskovic pulled out at the last minute. He then boxed 5-0 Ruslan Myrsatayev and was knocked out for the count of ten for the first time in his career losing by KO in 4. He was then stopped for the second time in his career in the first round vs 6-1-2 Latvian Kristaps Zutis. Williams followed that up two months later with a first round KO win over 0-8 Mehmed Crnalic. In September 2020 Williams lost by 2nd round TKO to 40 year old former MMA fighter Sergey Kharitonov in his pro boxing debut. He had another bout on the 8th December 2021 losing a 4 round decision against the 11-0 (11 KO's) Serdar Avci in Kiev, Ukraine who held an amateur win over the only man to defeat Vasyl Lomachenko as an amateur, Albert Selimov. Avci was also the promoter of the event and the bout was originally scheduled for 8 rounds but was mysteriously cut short when Avci was struggling with the pace and Williams was taking over. Of course he won the decision. Williams next fought 14-0 (13 ko’s) Syrian Djuar El Scheich on and retired in the 3rd round due to an eye injury.

Williams’ current boxrec record is 54-31-0-1 (41 KO’s). His record with unsanctioned/unlicensed bouts included is 56-33-0-1 (42 KO’s) as he is currently 1-2 (1 KO) in unlicensed bouts and 1-0 in unsanctioned bouts. His points win vs Edgars Kalnars and ko win vs Dominic Negus along with the losses to Harry Miles and Lee McAllister not being included on his boxrec tally. The only bout that shouldn’t be on his record is his exhibition with cruiserweight Mairis Briedis.

Williams works in security and is looking to get more roles in the film industry and occasionally takes fights for extra money.

Championships

  • 2x British Heavyweight Champion (Outright Winner)
  • 2x Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion
  • WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
  • WBU International Heavyweight Champion
  • Global Boxing Federation Heavyweight Champion
  • 8-3 (5 KO) in British Title fights.
  • 10-3 (6 KO) in Commonwealth Tile fights.

Titles Held

  • Global Boxing Federation Heavyweight Title (2018)
  • WBU International Heavyweight Title (2004)
  • BBBofC British Heavyweight Title (2000-2004, 2007-10)
  • Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title (1999-2004, 2005-06)
  • WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title (1998)