Whether victory over Welshman Scott Gammer for the British Heavyweight title proves to be the final chapter in the colourful career of the 33 year old Londoner remains to be seen. Even in victory Danny was typically unsure of his future commitment to the sport and will take time to assess his options beyond his latest reign as British champion. For Gammer, his pedestrian potential has surely been exhausted now and declining the £100,000 payday offered to fight Audley Harrison two months ago doesn’t look quite the astute choice manager Paul Boyce assured everyone it was.
By weighing in at an astonishingly trim 228 pounds, Williams reignited interest and belief in his career. Many wrote him off following defeat, at short-notice, to Audley Harrison as a fighter long beyond his peak and to a certain extent as an unfulfilled fighter. Now, with a solid 9th round stoppage victory injecting new glow to his patchy ledger, options begin to open up and although rematches with any of the other British heavyweights, Sprott, Skelton and Harrison – against whom he holds at least one win and one loss, don’t quicken the pulse they could provide more paydays and further victories for the sensitive champ.
More likely is an unexpected move back into world-title waters, where defeating Tyson, Meehan and Sprott, Skelton and Harrison would still hold some sway with those looking for easy voluntary defence. I’d like to see a 230 pound Williams get one more shot at the big time and feel implored to let the gloves go. He isn’t a world class contender, but he would certainly give most of the current champions an argument if he did. Boasting decent hand-speed and technical ability, best exemplified by his thudding jab, it would be a shame if he departed without giving himself that type of closure.
Comments in the past week suggest leaving as a winner is more important to him. So last night may prove too fitting a farewell to spoil.