DaVarryl Williamson KO’s late sub Kendrick Releford

19.01.04 - In what can only be described as a huge emotional win, DaVarryl ‘Touch of Sleep’ Williamson (19-2, 17) stopped the durable and surprisingly talented Kendrick Releford (8-4-1) in the ninth round of their Jan. 17th bout. Williamson came into the fight looking to prove a point after the hiccup against Joe Mesi. Although Williamson got off to a slow start, he quickly began picking his opponent apart, battering him around the ring for most of the middle rounds, at 2:35 of the ninth round, a pair of overhand rights sent Releford to the canvas, and though he rose to his knees, he was seen shaking his head, and the referee had seen enough.

“Man, it’s a great emotional win, and a huge monkey off my back” said Williamson when questioned about the win. “I give credit to Kendrick, he came to fight, he is a tough, tough young man and he has skills and talents that are not reflected in his record. He made me work for everything in there tonight, and for that I am thankful.”

Up next for Williamson is a hard earned, and long time coming vacation with his wife, and then it is immediately back into the gym for a showdown with Elicier Castillo (26-3-2, 14 KO) for Castillo’s North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Heavyweight Title and a Top 15 spot in the World Boxing Council (WBC) rankings.

With the win Williamson improves to 19-2, 17 by way of knockout, but more importantly Williamson distances himself from the hiccup against Joe Mesi, and can now prepare for a significant showdown on March 20, 2004.

Article posted on 19.01.2004

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