Williamson jabs his way by McCall!

11.14.04- The opening bout on Don King's heavyweight extravaganza "Battle For Supremacy" saw DaVarryl Williamson (21-3, 17) put on a boxing clinic in route to a unanimous decision over former WBC World Champion, Oliver McCall (41-8, 31). The 6’4” Williamson used fancy footwork, and a long hard jab to keep the always dangerous McCall off balance. Williamson took the unanimous decision by scores of 97-94 and 96-94, twice, handing McCall his first loss since 1997, a span of fourteen fights.

“We had a game plan, we stuck to it” said an excited Williamson. “Our team knew exactly what we were getting in Oliver, a guy tough as nails and a head chiseled out of marble.” From the beginning it was apparent that Williamson was going to showcase more than just his vaunted right hand. Long hard jabs, hard feints and clever footwork was the order of the night. McCall seemed content to stalk Williamson and fire a good jab coupled with a few overhand rights, but Williamson was never in any trouble.

It was McCall’s cast-iron chin that kept him in this fight, as Williamson landed a few good right hands right on the button, shots that would have seriously hurt most heavyweights, but an undaunted Williamson did manage to hurt McCall to the body on at least one occasion.

Despite looking as though he was in a war, Williamson was in good spirits. “I may be a little swollen [under the eyes], but the severe swelling started when I made the mistake of blowing my nose between rounds. Make no mistake about it, Oliver was here to fight, but so was I.” said Williamson. “I’m just glad that Don King gave me this opportunity to keep busy and stay in the mix, and I think with this win, I did just that. McCall is a dangerous and cagy veteran, and he did his best to try and lull me to sleep, but I knew I could handle this fight, and I was not going to be distracted by anything.”

For now, Williamson adds another impressive name to his resume and vaults back into the mix just six weeks after his controversial loss to Wladimir Klitschko, a fight in which some had Williamson winning.

Article posted on 14.11.2004

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