07.07.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Heavyweight DaVarryl Williamson (24-4, 20 KOs) stopped Maurice Wheeler (10-10-1, 1 KOs) in the 3rd round on Friday night at the Florida State Fair grounds Hall, in Tampa, Florida. Williamson, the # 4th ranked heavyweight in the WBA, knocked the Southpaw Wheeler out with a big right hand shot in the 3rd. It had been a little over a year since Williamson had fought.
Article posted on 07.07.2007
Williamson, 38, still, however, is in the thick of the heavyweight pack in the WBA, perhaps needing only one or two more victories to land a title shot. All this despite his poor showing in a 10-round decision lost to then IBF title holder Chris Byrd in October 2005, a bout that was marred by non-action by both fighters. Since then, Williamson had fought only once, demolishing a previously undefeated Mike Mollo in a 4th round TKO in May 6, 2006. Williamson still has impressive power in his right hand, as Wheeler, 36, will probably testify to, and is a dangerous opponent for anyone in the heavyweight division. However, he needs to step it up and avoid any further prolonged spells of inactivity if he wants to land a shot at the WBA title.