British light-welterweight title mandatory challenger Steve Williams believes that he will be next in line to fight new Londsdale belt holder Darren Hamilton following the Bristol fighter’s surprise victory over Ashley Theophane.
The 28 year-old, who has one defeat in thirteen contests, pulled out of a fight with Theophane due to a chest infection and watched on at Aintree Equestrian Centre as Hamilton dethroned the US-based Brit in a twelve round battle.
“I was sat ringside for the fight and it was hard for me to watch. I had trained so hard and everything was going great up until the illness,” Williams told World Boxing News.
“Even though Theophane is no longer the champion I am sure it’s still a fight that can be made for the future. He is a good fighter no doubt, but all this talk of being world class seems a bit silly now as he looked very average that night.
“We all can have off days so maybe that was just a bad day at the office but let’s not take anything away from Darren Hamilton who boxed a great fight.”
Williams is ready to return in the summer and hopes to be Hamilton’s first defence of the British title, even though Adil Anwar won an eliminator against Dave Ryan on the same night in Liverpool.
“I’m still the mandatory for the title. I’ve been told I’ll be fighting Hamilton next and I am just waiting for confirmation and a date,” Williams explained.
“Adil Anwar did win his eliminator, but there’s also Curtis Woodhouse v Dale Miles, so maybe the two winners will fight each other to find out who’s next in line.”
Theophane had some choice words for Williams in the run up to their scheduled contest and Williams is also keen to face the Hatton Promotions’ fighter to dispute claims by ‘Treasure’ that they were leagues apart.
“I’m obviously very disappointed that I didn’t get to fight Theophane, but I had a great camp with lots of good sparring and I’m looking forward to starting it all over again.
“Hopefully a date for Hamilton will be announced soon and then I’ll offer Theophane a shot at my title,” he added.