Boxing: Williams pitches for rematch
Monday 02 August 2004
Danny Williams will put his world title ambitions on hold to seek a lucrative rematch with Mike Tyson.
The 31-year-old from Brixton wants to claim a version of the world crown once held by his vanquished opponent, but first plans to pursue the potentially more financially rewarding option of persuading Tyson to climb back into the ring.
"I think people may doubt my victory so I would like to give Mike another beating," he said. "I'd like to fight him one more time to show it wasn't a fluke and I can still perform a lot better than this. I'd love for the fight to be in London and it would be nice to give the British fans something by beating him up even worse next time."
Williams expects his purse to be left $175,000 (£98,500) light for Friday's fight after a last-minute dispute with the local promoter. He was placated with a paper bag containing $80,000 in cash straight from the box office and was urged by his promoter Frank Warren to forget the shortfall and to chase the win which would secure his financial future.
Williams' victory made the headlines around the world and his co-trainer, Dwight Yard, made sure that his moment of triumph turned into a family affair.
Unknown to the boxer, Yard flew Williams' partner Zoe, Brown, their two children and his mother, Beverley, out for the fight. Williams said: "I was totally shocked when I saw my family was here but I didn't need the extra inspiration. It was already there, I knew I was going to win."
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