Dannie Williams A Power
In Lightweight Division
Not only isn't World Boxing Council ("WBC") Continental
Americas champion Dannie Williams the best kept secret in
the lightweight division anymore, the southpaw is arguably
the most dangerous 135-pounder in the world, recently
breaking into the top 10 for the first time and shooting for
Co-Promoted by Rumble Time Promotions and DiBella
Entertainment, the 27-year-old Williams has overcome
numerous obstacles in his life en route to becoming a
legitimate contender. No longer just a prospect, he has won
18 of 19 pro fights, 15 by knockout, and recently moved into
the WBC ratings at No. 9.
At the request of his longtime promoter Steve Smith,
Williams moved from the mean streets of St. Louis to
Youngstown (OH). "Boxing has saved me," the 2004 National
Golden Gloves champion explained. "I turned my life around
when I left St. Louis for Youngstown. I have some great
people around me like (head trainer) Jack Loew, (promoters)
Steve Smith, Blake Fischer and Lou DiBella,
(manager/advisor) Sam Shapiro...my whole team. They really
care about me and want to see me succeed."
The only blemish on Williams' otherwise perfect pro record
was a loss by 10-round decision two years ago to Eloy Perez.
Dannie, however, has been dominant in his last three fights,
defeating Manuel Leyva (KO1), Oscar Cuero (DEC10) and
Antonio Cervantes (KO4).
What separates the multi-talented southpaw Williams from
other lightweight contenders is his pure knockout power.
Fans watching his last fight on ESPN Friday Night Fights
versus Cervantes got a first-hand look at Williams'
devastating power punching, realizing that he can crack with
the best in the business. This sensational knockout was the
No. 1 highlight on ESPN Sportscenter countdown.
"Dannie's a fan-friendly fighter who can attract new, young
fans that love to watch the violence in MMA," promoter Smith
remarked. "He just loves to knockout his opponent. Dannie
has real power for a 175-pounder, never mind for a
lightweight, and sometimes it's frightening to watch him
"Dannie Williams will be world champion," Loew confidently
predicted. "He has good hand speed, boxes well and can think
in the ring, but he punches so hard. You have to be able to
slow down your opponent to gain respect. That's the key to
having a little pop. Dannie won a lot of amateur
tournaments, so he had to be a good boxer to do that, but
what makes him so marketable is he's a big puncher. Like
Mike Tyson, fans love to watch a fighter like Dannie with
that brutality of punching. He can hit a home run at any
time and that brings a lot of excitement to boxing. Nobody
who watched his last fight complained that it ended after
four rounds. He deserves a shot because this kid is so
exciting and, I know, Dannie's ready right now to fight
anybody in the top 10."
Williams has some potential big-time name opponents in the
lightweight division such as Brandon Rios, who Williams
defeated in the amateurs, Robert Guerrero, Michael Katsidis
and a host of others. None, however, are tougher tests than
the ones Williams passed fighting his way out St. Louis.
"Boxing fans always like to see a knockout," Williams
commented. I can box and have speed. I train to go the
distance, too, but I always want to knockout my opponent.
I'm coming at you, setting them up - fast hand-speed jabs,
hooks and feints - for a huge shot that, I know, will KO any
135-pound fighter in the world!. I'm in the hurt business
and I'm trying to hurt you. I met with Lou DiBella last
weekend and he said I have what everybody wants to see -
knockout power. You either have it or you don't, do it or
can't, and my power is always there."