Williams defeats Harrison

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

Danny Williams has knocked down Audley Harrison in the 10th round, en route to a split decision victory for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title.

Williams defeats Harrison

London:

Danny Williams has knocked down Audley Harrison in the 10th round, en route to a split decision victory for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title.Williams, whose biggest victory was over a declining Mike Tyson last year, became the first man to beat the 2000 Olympic superheavyweight champion Harrison.Harrison's boasts that he would emulate former world and Olympic champion Lennox Lewis were dented by his first name opponent in 20 fights.Poor showAfter nine rounds of poor quality boxing that had a sellout 15,000 crowd at London's ExCel Arena chanting "what a load of rubbish", Williams dropped Harrison with a right hook to his head.Harrison sat on the canvas before getting up to beat the count.However, Williams failed to follow up the knockdown and Harrison came back with two hits to the chin. But it was too little too late, and two of the three British judges gave the fight to Williams."A loss doesn't ruin my career," Harrison said. "I'll figure out the mistakes and we'll be back, definitely."Show of confidenceWilliams said Harrison didn't appear to have any confidence."He was very scared," Williams said. "He just seemed as if he didn't want to get hit. Although Audley's a tremendous boxer I don't think he has the bottle (courage)."The contest was between two London-born heavyweights trying to make a name in a division struggling to find new stars.Williams, now 34-5, stopped former undisputed world champion Tyson in the fourth round in the United States in July 2004, but lost to WBC champ Vitali Klitschko in Las Vegas last December.Harrison, despite a 19-0 record before this fight, was criticized for the quality of his opponents since turning pro.Four inches shorter than Harrison, Williams still went into the fight at his heaviest ever 122 kg, compared with the 118 kg former Olympic champion, who also was two years older at 34. (AP)



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