2009-11-27 / Sports

Williams Records Victory at Boxing Championships

By Elio Velez

Joseph "Mack" Williams wasn't sure that he was winning the USA Boxing Metropolitan 201-pound open class championship fight last Friday night in Franklin Square.

When Williams sat down in his corner of the ring after the end of the second round, he knew that his cautious fighting approach against Stivens Bujaj could prove to be a problem.

If the three-round fight was ultimately decided by the judges, there could always be a chance that Williams may not end up on top. So he heeded the approach the reminder by his trainer Kenyatta Harris to be more aggressive. Williams recorded a knockdown in the third round and it proved vital as he claimed the championship title in a three-round decision.

The knockdown came in the first 15 seconds of the final round as Williams landed a right hand that connected squarely on the jaw of Bujaj.

"I think I was waiting two much. I knew he was quick and I was lunging too much with a few shots," Williams said. "I had to go in and get aggressive." Williams, who won the Golden Gloves super heavyweight novice title last year, improved his amateur career to 11-0. He defeated Bujaj, who won the Golden Gloves heavyweight novice title. It will be a busy 2010 in terms of fighting for Williams. The 21-year old amateur will move up to the open heavyweight class in the Golden Gloves that starts in January.

Williams also be the New York representative in the open heavyweight class in the Metro Regional Championships, which takes place at Lake Placid in May. It's too early to tell Williams says, but a victory in the Metro Regionals could get him one step closer to being looked at as contender to make the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team. But while that is one of his dreams, Williams has continued the mindset of not looking too far ahead. He'll take the winning experience at the Metros when he competes in the Golden Gloves next year.

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