Showtime to Replay Danny Williams’ Stunning KO Victory Over ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson on Saturday, Aug. 7, at 9 P.M. ET/PT
Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME Pay Per View – SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will replay Friday’s action packed fight that saw WBU International Champion Danny Williams stunning fourth round knockout victory over former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
The Tyson-Williams bout, which aired on SHOWTIME Pay Per View Friday, will be shown as part of the boxing card of the eagerly anticipated WBO lightweight title fight between undefeated defending champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas (35-0, 31 KOs) and WBO Junior Lightweight Champion Diego Corrales (38-2, 31 KOs) from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Making his first start in 17 months, Tyson (50-5, 2 NC, 44 KOs) came out strong and exchanged shots with Williams for three plus rounds at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. where 17,273 fans witnessed the fight card. Tyson took several overhand shots in the fourth round and the last sending him into the ropes and on the canvas, where referee Dennis Alfred of Louisville, KY stopped the bout at 2:51.. Tyson, whose last outing came on Feb. 22, 2003, when he scored a devastating first-round knockout over world-ranked Clifford “The Black Rhino” Etienne Feb. 22, 2003, on SHOWTIME, rocked Williams in the first round, but couldn’t finish the London, England heavyweight. Tyson entered the ring ranked No. 8 by the WBC and No. 10 by the WBA.
Williams (32-3, 27 KOs), of London, England, scored the biggest win of his career. He won the vacant WBU International heavyweight crown in his last outing by scoring a third-round technical knockout over Augustine N’Gou in Bethnal Green, England, on May 13, 2004. After opening his pro career with 14 consecutive victories, including 12 by KO, Williams won his first pro title, the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental heavyweight championship, by registering a 12-round decision over Antoine Palatis on Oct. 10, 1998, in Bethnal Green.
In other bouts on the telecast produced and distributed by SHOWTIME Pay Per View, unbeaten Laila Ali (18-0, 15 KOs) retained her Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) super middleweight title defense with a ninth-round TKO win over Monica NuÃ±ez (9-2, 5 KOs) and Nelson Dieppa (21-1-2. 12 KOs) successfully defended his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior flyweight title with a majority 12-round decision over previously undefeated Ulises Solis (18-1-1, 13 KOs).
SHOWTIME Pay Per View’s Steve Albert and Al Bernstein called Friday’s action from ringside with Jim Gray serving as roving reporter. The executive producer of the SHOWTIME PAY PER VIEW telecast was Jay Larkin, with David Dinkins Jr. producing and Bob Dunphy directing.
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