Last August, Dannie Williams was fighting outside in the parking lot of the Covelli Centre. In that bout against a journeyman named Oscar Cuero, Williams struggled. He fought a good fight, but his hair kept getting into his face, blinding him from oncoming punches. By the sixth round, his trainer, Jack Loew, grabbed a roll of white athletic tape and turned his fighter into Gene Simmons. Williams went on to win the fight.
As you can see by the picture, the hair is gone. One must wonder if that was by Williams’ choice or if Loew slid the barber an extra twenty to lower the blade a bit. Either way, Williams (21-1, 17 KO’s) faces his toughest challenge to date in Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KO’s) on Friday night in Connecticut at the Foxwoods MGM. The fight will be nationally televised on ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights.
Williams, since the Cuero fight, has had a couple of tune-ups and stayed very active to set up this payday. Now fighting out of the DiBella camp, a win could spell even bigger things like HBO in June.
“He brings some skills to the table, but he also brings the NABF title to the table”, said Williams. ”This is also a WBA eliminator, so something big can happen for the winner.”
“From here on out, every fight is the biggest fight of my career. To beat Lundy, I want to score a knockout. I will test his heart, if he can stand there and take the pressure, then this main event fight might go longer than I want it to, but I see a knockout, and it comes free with the basic cable.”
Williams is starting to get some national recognition. Call it stronger promoting, better exposure, and defeating quality opponents the last few times out. He has earned this chance and is anxious to be impressive and look like the more dominant fighter.
“I am real humble”, said Williams. ”However, after March 30, the fan base is gonna get real big. Everything is going great and I am focused. I got a nutritionist now, I am eating three times a day, just not eating the same stuff anymore, and I feel a difference, I feel much stronger.”
“It’s on… I promise you wont want to miss it!”