by Kris Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org)
“I think Roy [Jones Jr] is going to get seriously hurt. He is a natural middleweight,” Danny Williams told The Sun.
Danny Williams, the former “Tyson Conqueror” (now 47) only retired at the weekend following his awful loss to Sergei Kharitonov who was making his pro debut in Russia.
In the fight where Williams looked an old man, especially the way in which his body looked, even opponent Kharitonov appeared to be holding his punches back and even motioning the referee to stop the bout (he did).
The only hope is that Williams stays retired from pro boxing….or any form of pugilism.
The high point in Williams’ career was the knockout of Mike Tyson in 2004 (Tyson fought one more time as a pro, the following year against Kevin McBride)
Earlier in the year when Mike Tyson first announced that he was coming back to fight exhibitions, Williams was one of the first to offer himself as the sacrificial lamb to the 54 year old’s seemingly rejuvenated form (in the gym).
“It’s definitely a fight I want. I’m very interested in facing Mike Tyson again,” Williams said..
I have a feeling that his retirement from pro boxing is going to open the door for another crack at Tyson in an exhibition, should Tyson prevail over Jones Jr. The idea of going in with someone that had beaten him with the possibility of revenge is I imagine quite appealing especially with William’s form and lack of punch resistance. I cannot see just the one fight [against Jones Jr] after all the hype along with all the training over a long period, there will be more.
There are many seniors who have put their hand up for a well paid exhibition fight and Williams I believe will go down this route for sure.
How Both Tyson and Jones Jr will fair come November 28th is a big question mark. How will one of the best heavyweights of all time at 54 fair having been out of the ring for fourteen years (and not even performing well then). Jones Jr, a natural middleweight, how will he fair when at the second ‘stage’ of his career he was being knocked out by most he faced and at a lower weight! He was one of the best pound for pound fighters ever but only fought once at heavyweight, against John Ruiz in 2003…..and now he is 51.
Maybe, I like many others are reading too much into it. What could be the main factor is will it be how an exhibition should be (like Tyson vs Corrie Sanders in 2006) or will it be a brutal fight most are hoping for. I think somewhere in-between.
Only November 28th has the answers…if it does actually take place.