Editor's letter | Issue | Premium | Jul 09 2019

Save Danny Williams

Danny Williams, the conqueror of Mike Tyson, now desperately needs saving from himself, writes Matt Christie
Danny Williams
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DANNY WILLIAMS continues to fight at the age of 45. The greatest night of his career, when he knocked out Mike Tyson 15 years ago, hangs around his neck like a leash, inviting the unscrupulous to drag the ageing boxer this way and that with the promise of a payday. But the man who once beat Mike Tyson is so far removed from the man who once beat Mike Tyson, it’s a depressing spectacle.

On Friday (July 5), at the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the remnants of Danny Williams were beaten up by Ruslan Myrsatayev, a crude 34-year-old heavyweight with a record of 6-0 (6). After taking a sustained pummelling, Williams, who sat on a stool for the entirety of the pre-fight introductions, dropped to his knees in round three. The referee, Serikzhan Yeshmagambetov, incorrectly ruled a slip and demanded that the veteran rise. Despite Williams sagging into a corner upon doing so, Mrsatayev was allowed to tee off on the veteran’s head and body. Whoever was acting as Williams’ trainer forcibly slapped the Briton’s cheeks several times during the minute breaks rather than calling the whole thing off. The end came in the fourth with Williams in no state to continue after being floored again by a meaty left hook. The bout was commissioned by the Kazakhstan Federation of Professional Boxing and promoted by Darkhan Mukhtarbek.

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