in a Teacup-The Williams Sprott Debate Continues
heavyweights Michael Sprott and Danny Williams must be getting sick of the site
of one another. On the 24th
the Rivals met for the third time in the mandated rematch of the December bout
that Williams won by controversial KO 5 after sucker-punching Sprott when the
Reading man had turned to complain after a series of savage low blows had been
ignored by the referee.
the controversy, Williams had previously stopped his man in 7 back in 2002 so
foul or no foul it seemed that he would always have the artillery to do a number
on the Reading fighter. Williams
had boasted before this latest encounter about an early stoppage to conclude his
hatrick over Sprott. It was not to
be; the expected fireworks seldom materialized in as Williams clowned and Sprott
paused and posed way too much.
fight came to life in rounds seven and eight as Sprott, supposedly the lighter
puncher of the two, rocked his man with lefts and rights. Just when it seemed he
finally had the drop on his tormentor he switched off down the stretch allowing
the busier though ineffective Williams to take some sort of control behind his
jab. After a disappointing
12-rounder Sprott was given a controversial 114-113 verdict.
The Williams camp cried robbery, but in truth, Danny only has himself to
blame. Despite of the high hopes that were once held for the Brixton bomber he
seems to have found his level, as does Sprott.
the Williams camp apparently due to lodge a complaint about the scoring there
will probably be a fourth fight between the two, but on the evidence of the
third tussle it seems these are two heavyweights who have just got to know each
other too well. William’s British and Commonwealth titles had been on the
with the heavyweights, ex-K1 star Matt Skelton took his undefeated record to
12-0 while defending his English Heavyweight Title on Saturday night with a
convincing and one-sided points beating of ex-British Champion Julius Francis at
the York Hall in Bethnal Green. It
was the first real test for Skelton, who had stopped his previous 11 without
really breaking a sweat, and he passed with flying colors winning nearly every
round for a 98-92 scorecard. Julius,
very much at the journeyman stage in his career should retire.
I took no pleasure in watching the ex-champ taking so many punches from a
fresher opponent who while only two years younger at 37 (yes 37) was probably a
decade younger in terms of wear and tear.
looks to have something of a future at British level.
the same Bill 22-year old Danny Hunt made the first defense of the English (not
to be confused with British) lightweight title with a 97-94 points win over the
decent veteran Anthony Maynard in a high energy punch out.
Hunt, the 22 year old dubbed the ‘The Essex Boy’ had a slight edge in
accuracy and that proved the difference in an always-interesting battle.
loser Maynard may have no place to go at 32, as he himself admitted beforehand,
but he can take heart from an excellent performance against a rated prospect.
Maynard seemed to be gaining momentum when a slip was incorrectly ruled a
knockdown by referee Ian John-Lewis in round four.
Despite Maynard’s best efforts the fight slipped from him just a touch
from that point on leaving Hunt with a very slight edge and with it the win.
previous Saturday (Jan 31st) saw Richard Williams regain his old commonwealth
light middleweight title with a useful stoppage-win over the strong but
inexperienced Ayittey Powers. Nice
guy Williams was rebuilding following defeat for his IBO trinket to Sergio
Martinez last year.
Richard didn’t seem 100% back to his best and was hit with a few awkward
right-hands from Powers he showed a few flashes of his un-doubtable talent and a
ruthless body attack to break down the Ghanaian in efficient fashion.
Williams made big waves a few years back with a string of impressive
victories over fringe world class opposition but at 32 it seems tough to imagine
him going too far at world level. His
promoter Barry Hearn, for my money the standout promoter in the UK right now,
thinks otherwise and is looking to match Williams with top-flight opposition
the same bill, Ted Bami, who like Williams is rebuilding following his harrowing
loss to Sam Malinga last year, scored an always tough six round points victory
over the dangerous Hungarian József Matolcsi.
Two knockdowns for Bami proved the difference as each man battled hard to
gain the ascendancy in a rough affair with sharp punching from both men.
Bami it was a good result over a naturally bigger man and will help his
confidence no-end after the one-punch crunching he received from the
aforementioned Malinga last year.
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