Exclusive: Darryll Williams praises Ricky Hatton, says he’s ready for the next level

Joe Hewlett 16/08/2017

Darryll Williams extended his record to 16-0 recently as he won a successive fight against fellow Brit in Jahmaine Smyle.

The Londoner won another points victory at the Copper Box over his rival and revealed he’s now ready for the next chapter of his career.

“I was very happy to win the fight again, to be honest I personally thought the first fight was closer than the second one but it depends on what certain styles people like with watching boxing,” Williams exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I personally want to move further forward but it seems I might be kept at this level with it, I’ve been told they’ve got a mandatory for the belt and will have to fight my opponent by December so that will be the next move I think.

“The mandatory is Lennox Clarke, so that’s what may be the next fight but I don’t know if I’m vacating at the minute, right now I’m in the middle of training and am just focused.”

The 27-year-old has joined forces with Ricky Hatton and admitted it has already paid dividends in helping him improve.

Williams was quick to outline the significance of the wealth of experience Hatton possesses in and out of the ring as an ex-world champion fighter and trainer.

“The best thing I’ve done in my career was joining Ricky Hatton, he’s got the knowledge, the intellect in boxing to be able to tell me what to do and to do it, it’s been amazing. I’ve come on a lot and am waiting to put it into practise.

“When he explains things, he really drills it into you and the certain techniques he has taught me takes time to make it beneficial. I’ve had so much less distractions up there, waking up, training, sleeping and then doing it all again,” he said.

However, the ‘Ferocious’ super-middleweight understands he has to remain patient as he continues his rise through the ranks.

“My last fight was too soon I’d say to go out there and have a ten-round fight, I was only out there for six weeks so to do what he told me is not going to come off properly, I need to time to let things sink in,” Williams concluded.

The English champion is set to announce his next fight in the upcoming weeks with hall-of-fame promoter Frank Warren at the helm.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95