The crowd were on their feet as the bell sounded after ten gruelling rounds, with the London man emerging victorious
DARRYLL WILLIAMS became the new English super middleweight champion tonight after a thriller of a scrap against Jahmaine Smyle at the Leicester Arena.
Both boxers left everything in the ring and understandably the crowd were on their feet at the end.
Williams secured the victory, and his new belt, courtesy of a split decision, 97-93, 95-96 98-93.
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Going into the final round, BT boxing pundit Steve Bunce had the scores level, such was the competitive nature of the fight.
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So the judges’ scoring was perhaps somewhat surprising.
But in the end it was Williams’ craft and better boxing style that deservedly saw him earn the victory – and mark an incredible turnaround in his life.
Earlier this week Sunsport reported how Williams has turned his life around from being staring down the barrel of a gun to ring fighting machine.
His mate had just been smashed round the head with it near to his south London home and the teenage tearaway was literally staring death in the face.
t was then he realised his life had to change.
“I wasn’t far from my house when I heard shouting and screaming and ran over to try and help my friend – so they turned the gun on me,” he recalls.
“I don’t want to say too much more about it but it was that sort of thing that made me reconsider my life, what way I wanted to go and what I wanted to become.
“It can be very hairy for a teenager around there. I went to school up in Lewisham but I used to hang around with boys from the Dulwich and Peckham areas.
“At that sort of time, that was a major no-no. I took my fair share of beatings and have a few scars from it.
“But I’m still here and I think those sort of things drove me to have the determination to keep pushing through.”
And that determination was shown in abundance, as he saw off Leicester home favourite Smyle tonight to get his hands on the belt.