Mike Tyson conqueror Danny Williams relieved to retire, feared ring death
Beating Mike Tyson in 2004 will always be the pinnacle for Danny Williams, although the former British and Commonwealth champion reached rock bottom on Saturday night.
The 45-year-old was dropped three times by ex-lightweight Lee McAllister on his way to a tenth-round stoppage loss and the 27th (recorded) defeat of his career.
Upon reflection of his shocking reverse, Williams revealed plans to scrap future fights already arranged in favor of hanging up his gloves for good.
“I have wanted to retire for a long time, but this is the end. There have been times when going into a fight, and I am in the changing room and have been scared,” Williams told the Evening Express after the contest in Aberdeen. “Not because I thought I was going to lose, but because I thought I was going to die.
“But I pushed through it and done my job. My reason for continuing to box was because I wanted to see my girls in private school away from the mad people I grew up within South London.
“I had people bringing guns to my house, but my daughters are grown up now.
“They were the reason I was boxing. I got my oldest daughter through private school, and my youngest daughter is 14 now and has one more year.
“This fight will pay for that, so there is no reason to fight anymore. So it is goodbye,” Williams added.
DANNY WILLIAMS TITLE SHOT
Once challenging Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight crown, Williams has fought on way past his prime years, which effectively came between 2000 and 2009.
An impressive one-handed victory over Mark Potter put his name on every UK fans lips in the early 2000’s, whilst his title battles with Michael Sprott, Audley Harrison and John McDermott were always entertaining.
Williams walks away depleted and disillusioned with the sport he once loved, but sadly ‘The Brixton Bomber’ is the not the first – and certainly won’t be the last – to end his boxing career in a similar way.