Unbeaten Mykquan Williams Learned
Invaluable Lesson For Future
The true test for a genuine boxing prospect is how he or she
responds to adversity, whether it included a loss, cut,
knockdown or, in the case of "Marvelous" Mykquan Williams, a
disputed decision that tarnished his perfect pro record.
The 21-year-old Williams, now 15-0-1 (7 KOs), was recently
on the short end of a highly disputed eight-round draw with
Tre'Sean Wiggins (11-4-3, 6 KOs), in the "Broadway Boxing"
main event held at Generoso Pope Athletic Complex on the
campus of St. Francis College in Brooklyn.
Nobody claimed the questionable decision was highway
robbery, yet, most non-partisan fans at the show, or those
watching live on UFC FIGHT PASS®, felt Williams rightfully
deserved to have his arms raised in victory. Despite having
a blemish placed on his pro record, he didn't suffer a loss,
and did retain his World Boxing Council (WBC) United States
super lightweight title.
Williams' opponent was a southpaw with a five-inch height
advantage. Once he felt Williams' power, especially in the
liver, Wiggins went into survival mode, clutching and
grabbing every time Williams got close.
Neither Williams nor his head trainer, Paul Cichon, was
pleased when the judges' scores were announced - 77-75 in
favor of Williams, 76-76 twice - for a majority draw.
Never-the-less, both feel that this developmental lesson
will pay dividends down the road.
"The plan was for me to work inside," Williams said after
the fight. "The first and second were feeling out rounds and
then I'd adjust. I didn't feel from the start that he could
hurt me. I wanted to get inside and beat him with body
punches. I did that but I think I played to the crowd a
little too much. I'd change that if I could go back. And I
would have let my hands go more, but I won this fight
because I landed the harder, cleaner more effective shots
throughout the fight. He just wanted to hold.
"I'm disappointed because I was defending my title, but I
didn't lose the fight and I still have my belt. I ll have a
lot to learn and I'll be back in the gym soon to fix errors
I made so that I won't have those issues my next fight."
Cichon felt that Williams won five if not six rounds because
he was the aggressor throughout the match. "I was
surprised," he admitted. "Mykye was the champion and I
thought that he (Wiggins) would have needed to win
convincingly to win rounds. He didn't. Mykye started using
his double jab to get inside and then he killed his
opponent's body. The body shots brought Wiggins' hands down.
Mykye stalked and hurt him a few times.
"Mykye learned a valuable lesson like not letting the crowd
get to him, and never letting up on the gas.Wiggins was
smart. Every time Mykye got close to him, he grabbed him,
especially after he felt Mykye's powerful body shots. It may
have been ugly, but he fought smart."
Team Williams agrees that there's no sense rushing Williams,
after all, he's only 21, but that 2020 should be an active,
career-changing year for the East Hartford (CT) fighter.
"I'm ready to fight at the next level," Williams concluded.
"Time will tell. Styles make fights but I hurt him (Wiggins)
"We'll jump back in the ring in early 2020," Cichon added.
"We're looking to fight opponents with winning records, but
not another six-foot southpaw."
"I was very proud of Mykey," Williams' manager Jackie Kallen
commented. It was a learning experience that will make him
an even greater fighter. He is still undefeated and one of
the top young prospects in the 140-pound division. The next
year will be a pivotal one for him."