|The Spotlight Is On: Dannie Williams Takes the Stage on Friday Night Fights
By Lou Catalano, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 12, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
is a beautiful thing for a boxing fan. You can catch some historic
fights, or catch a recent fight you may have missed. Sometimes, you
can catch a prospect at work before many people know his name. Such
is the case with “Dangerous” Dannie Williams, the 26 year old
lightweight bomber from St. Louis. There isn’t much out there from
him, but if you look you’ll find a one punch decapitation of poor
Mike Maley. After this Friday night, you won’t need to search the
web to find Williams.
the co-feature on ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights in the first
televised fight of his career, in his hometown, in front of his
friends and family.
who is 18-1, takes on Antonio Cervantes in a ten round fight, just
over one month since his last fight, a unanimous decision win against
Oscar Cuero. Williams has built up a reputation as a hard hitting
boxer/puncher with a cinder block for a right hand, and he’ll
finally be able to put it all on display in front of a national
audience. I spoke to him this week about the upcoming fight and his
excited; this is the fight I’ve been waiting on,” Williams said.
“I’m looking forward to putting on a good show on ESPN, so that
HBO and Showtime can get a good look at me too.”
Williams is nervous at all, he certainly isn’t showing it. He has a
relaxed demeanor that carries over into the ring with him. He looks
like he’s right where he belongs when he’s between the ropes, and
he doesn’t seem to be the least bit concerned about his first time
in the spotlight.
not nervous about the fight. I’m not really feeling any added
pressure, I’m just going to stay focused and keep doing what I’ve
been doing in the ring. Cervantes is a hard-nosed Mexican who comes
to fight, so I’ll be ready.”
his last fight, Williams defeated the aforementioned Oscar Cuero,
giving him his first ten round victory of his young career. He won by
a wide margin, although he did get hit quite often, especially after
his hair ended up in his face for much of the later rounds. It wasn’t
as bad as what happened to Paulie Malignaggi, whose drag-queen
inspired frock nearly cost him the fight against Lovemore N’dou a
few years back, but it bothered him enough that he’s taken steps to
avoid another hair issue.
won’t be an issue this time around. No more distractions, they can
cut it off if it comes down to it.”
Williams has been an extremely busy
fighter, in fact this will be his fourth fight this year. I asked him
what was up next for him after Friday.
goal is to have two more fights before the year is out. I want to
crack the top five next year and fight for a world title. Guerrero,
Rios, I want to take on the best guys at 135 and handle my business
there, and then we’ll see.”
certainly has the power to hang with anyone in the division, but his
goal is to get a few 10-12 round fights under him to improve his
stamina before taking on the elite. He didn’t need to be concerned
with stamina earlier this year, when he fought Manuel Leyva in
Youngstown. Leyva had just come off a close unanimous decision loss
to the once great Joel Casamayor, and was thought of as a step up in
competition for Dannie. He spoke before that fight of being patient
and not looking for the homerun shot right away.
didn’t make it out of the first round.
made the first round knockout even more impressive was the fact that
the referee for the fight was Steve Smoger, who generally waits for
autopsy results before starting the ten count.
night, Dannie Williams will enter the ring for the first time with
the TV spotlight directly on him. How he looks could determine the
next phase of his career. A sensational performance should get him
back onto a network quickly. It’s easy to envision Williams being
on the big stage someday soon. Power punchers will forever be a hot
commodity, and Williams certainly fits the profile. He’s another
American fighter who’s overcome hardships to ascend to contender
status, and boxing can never have too many tales of fighters like him
rising to the top. Dannie Williams is perfectly content to let his
fists get him there. .
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