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11 May 2009
Danny Williams successfully defended his British Heavyweight Title at the weekend, and has reiterated that he wants to take on Ulster's Martin Rogan next.
In what he labelled as a must win fight the Peckham man outpointed John McDermott in a rematch of Williams’ controversial victory against the same man last July.
On this occasion the win could not be disputed as two judges gave the contest to Williams by five points, while McDermott was bizarrely awarded a two point win by the third judge.
On my scorecard the victory margin would have been two points to Williams, who clearly did the better work in a messy fight where a number of rounds were hard to split as the two big men lumbered through the contest.
It was not vintage Williams as he admitted himself. He said: "Considering what I have been through in the last few months, what with losing to Albert Sosnowski, I did OK but I was not there 100 per cent mentally.
"But John did not come out and fight and when I out boxed him he just held and hit, and tried to spoil the contest."
McDermott showed great resilience on the evening, as once again he came in looking fleshy. Despite Williams targeting his midriff the Basildon man withstood the punishment dished out to him.
Williams added: "That is it with boxing, if you look at someone like Tony Tubbs he was always large but he was fast and agile. So you can't just look at people sometimes and say they are no good. John is a good fighter but he fought a negative fight."
With the defence behind him Williams is now looking for Rogan as his next opponent, as he finds himself ranked
behind the Irishman despite being British Title holder.
In just twelve contests 38-year-old Rogan has secured the Commonwealth Title, and is ranked in the world’s top twenty heavyweights following impressive wins over Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton.
"He is 100 per cent in my sights. He has a fight on May 15 against Sam Sexton and I have already spoken to his people. But nothing will be decided until after that contest, so we will have to see how he does."
Despite being three years the junior of his next prospective opponent Williams will continue with his win or bust attitude should the contest come off.
Williams said: "My future will be based upon how I get on against Martin Rogan; he is now in the top twenty in the world so my whole future will be based on how I get on with him.
"There was enough from Saturday’s performance to make me believe I want to carry on, and there is a lot more to come from me than that."
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