DaVarryl Williamson KO’s late sub Kendrick Releford
19.01.04 - In what can only be described as a huge emotional win, DaVarryl ‘Touch of Sleep’ Williamson (19-2, 17) stopped the durable and surprisingly talented Kendrick Releford (8-4-1) in the ninth round of their Jan. 17th bout. Williamson came into the fight looking to prove a point after the hiccup against Joe Mesi. Although Williamson got off to a slow start, he quickly began picking his opponent apart, battering him around the ring for most of the middle rounds, at 2:35 of the ninth round, a pair of overhand rights sent Releford to the canvas, and though he rose to his knees, he was seen shaking his head, and the referee had seen enough.
Article posted on 19.01.2004
“Man, it’s a great emotional win, and a huge monkey off my back” said Williamson when questioned about the win. “I give credit to Kendrick, he came to fight, he is a tough, tough young man and he has skills and talents that are not reflected in his record. He made me work for everything in there tonight, and for that I am thankful.”
Up next for Williamson is a hard earned, and long time coming vacation with his wife, and then it is immediately back into the gym for a showdown with Elicier Castillo (26-3-2, 14 KO) for Castillo’s North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Heavyweight Title and a Top 15 spot in the World Boxing Council (WBC) rankings.
With the win Williamson improves to 19-2, 17 by way of knockout, but more importantly Williamson distances himself from the hiccup against Joe Mesi, and can now prepare for a significant showdown on March 20, 2004.
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