Heavyweight title: Williams to take on Klitschko

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Danny Williams will fight Vitali Klitschko on Saturday for the WBC version of the world heavyweight championship.

Heavyweight title: Williams to take on Klitschko
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Las Vegas:

Danny Williams was walking into the Mandalay Bay hotel arena for a training session when a lone fan stood up in the stands and started clapping. "The next heavyweight champion of the world," the man yelled as Williams walked by. Improbable as it might have seemed only 11 months ago, it could happen. A journeyman who couldn't even beat Michael Sprott for the British heavyweight title in January, Williams will fight Vitali Klitschko on Saturday for the WBC version of the world heavyweight championship. "It is unbelievable," Williams said. "But I always believed I was the best heavyweight in the world." Comeback opponent Few others did a few months ago, especially those in Mike Tyson's camp. They hand-picked Williams as a comeback opponent for Tyson, confident that the British fighter had little heart and would go down early. Given a chance to make a name for himself, though, Williams shocked everyone by surviving a Tyson onslaught in the first round and coming back to stop the former heavyweight champion in the fourth round. That win got him ranked and gave him a shot at Klitschko, who makes his first title defense against Williams in a scheduled 12-round fight. And, after beating Tyson, Williams believes his chances against Klitschko are just as good. "The key is hunger and desire," Williams said. "I have tremendous hunger. I am a warrior. You saw that in the Mike Tyson fight." (AP)

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