The British Boxing Board of Control released a statement on the recent fight involving an aged heavyweight in Danny Williams opposite former Commonwealth lightweight title holder Lee McAllister.
Controversially, the encounter took place last Saturday night in Aberdeen and was unrecognized by BoxRec as McAllister gave away four stone to face former Mike Tyson conqueror Williams.
In what was a shock to most, Williams was dropped three times in the first half of the contest before McAllister took out ‘The Brixton Bomber’ in the tenth.
Williams was a complete shadow of his former self and hadn’t been sanctioned to fight by the BBBofC since a two-round loss to Dereck Chisora in 2010.
Making their stance perfectly clear, the Board said: “With regard to (Lee Williams v Danny Williams), please note this event was not sanctioned or under the jurisdiction of the British Boxing Board of Control and would not have been approved by the British Boxing Board of Control,” before concluding with; “Neither Lee McAllister or Danny Williams are licensed by the British Boxing Board of Control.”
It’s quite obvious confusion surrounding how the event took place on UK soil has arisen from several media outlets reporting on what was a hotly-debated affair.
At 45, Williams was ten years past his prime and retired immediately following the defeat – having also admitted to mental anguish in the latter part of his career.
In a post-fight interview with the Evening Express, Williams said: “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 actually been scared. 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 with in 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,” he added.