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Danny Williams

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  • Nickname: Brixton Bomber
  • Date of Birth: 13th July 1973 (50 years old)
  • Career duration: 28 years 5 months
  • Nationality: England Flag England
  • Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom Flag Brixton, London, United Kingdom
  • Residence: South Norwood, London, United Kingdom Flag South Norwood, London, United Kingdom
  • Division: Heavyweight
  • Height: 192cm
  • Reach: 201cm
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • BoxRec: Danny Williams
  • Debut: 21st October 1995

Biography

Danny Williams, a British professional boxer born on July 13, 1973, has made significant marks in boxing through his resilience and power in the ring. Over his career, which spanned from 1995 to 2018, Williams contended for the WBC and The Ring magazine heavyweight titles in 2004 and held multiple regional heavyweight championships. His achievements include two stints as the Commonwealth heavyweight champion between 1999 and 2006, two periods as the British heavyweight champion between 2000 and 2010, and a challenge for the European title in 2003. Williams secured a place in boxing history with his upset knockout victory against Mike Tyson in 2004.

Williams's roots are in Jamaica, but he spent his early life in Brixton, South London, alongside two older brothers and a younger sister. His amateur boxing career was distinguished by notable successes, including bronze medals at the 1993 European Championships and the 1994 Commonwealth Games, where he represented the UK. These early accomplishments set the stage for Williams's transition to professional boxing, where he would further build his legacy.

Turning professional in 1995, Williams quickly made a name for himself under the management of promoter Michael Helliet and trainer Jim McDonald. A knockout victory marked his professional debut, a sign of the power Williams would become known for. Despite an early setback in a points decision loss to Julius Francis in 1999 for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles, Williams's career was defined by his ability to bounce back and secure victories, including regaining and defending these titles.

Perhaps the most dramatic moment of Williams's career came during his fight against Mark Potter in 2000 when he secured a victory with a one-armed knockout despite suffering a dislocated right arm. Williams's resilience and determination were displayed throughout his career, notably in his 2004 challenge against Vitali Klitschko for the world heavyweight title. Though unsuccessful, Williams's performance against such a formidable opponent improved his reputation as a determined and powerful boxer.

Williams's victory over Mike Tyson in 2004 is a highlight of his career. He leveraged his aggression and combination punching to secure a knockout, overcoming Tyson's early dominance and showcasing his skill and resilience. This victory propelled Williams into a title challenge against Vitali Klitschko, further establishing him as a heavyweight contender.

Beyond the ring, Williams's personal life reflects his dedication and principles. A devout Muslim, Williams's faith played a significant role in his life and career, influencing decisions such as withdrawing from a fight to observe Ramadan. His family life, with two daughters, and his post-boxing pursuits, including a brief venture into unlicensed boxing and claiming a lesser-known heavyweight title, illustrate the breadth of Williams's life beyond his boxing achievements.

Danny Williams's boxing career, marked by memorable victories, championship titles, and a notable upset against Mike Tyson, underscores his resilience and prowess as a heavyweight boxer.