Danny Williams Gets Shot At British Heavyweight title

13.07.06 - By Pat Lanier: British heavyweight Danny Williams, 32, will get an opportunity to fight British heavyweight champion, Scott Gammer (16-0, 9 KOP's), after the British Boxing Board of Control reportedly directed Gammer to defend against Williams (36-5, 29 KO's). Gammer, 29, recently defeated Mark Krence, stopping him in the 9th round on June 16th, to win the vacant heavyweight title. Gammer, a fighter from Wales, has good power and excellent boxing skills, with an active work rate.. And, despite his rather limited experience, he would be a formidable opponent for Williams, who has turned into somewhat of a slow and plodding type of fighter in recent fights.

It remains to be seen, however, whether or not Williams will choose to take the bout against Gammer. Williams, even in losing to Skelton, is a popular fighter and could likely fight elsewhere and make decent money. Williams lost his heavyweight Commonworth title on July 8, when he was soundly beaten by Max Skelton by 12-round decision. Although still powerful, Williams looks to have come into the bout weighing too much at 288 lbs, and he seemed to be laboring under the added weight.

However, the fight was competitive despite Williamsí limited punch output, and perhaps with a little more work in the earlier rounds, Williams might have been able to make it close at the end of the bout.

Certainly, the loss to Skelton isnít fatal for Williams, since with his punching power, heís always a threat to any fighter heís in there with. However, the loss to Skelton should give Williams a hint about his weight, for it would appear that he needs to work harder at coming into his bouts at a much lower weight, perhaps as low as 240-250, if he wants to be more effective.

Article posted on 14.07.2006

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