2010-03-19 / Sports

Victorious Williams To Make Second Trip To Garden

By Elio Velez

Joseph Williams (left) lands a right handed punch to Frederick Samuels. Photo by William Thomas. Joseph Williams (left) lands a right handed punch to Frederick Samuels. Photo by William Thomas. No matter how frustrated Joseph “Mack” Williams was getting in the ring on March 12, the 21-year old amateur boxer wasn’t going to let his emotions get the best of him.

Williams did not appreciate what the constant grabbing and holding his opponent Frederick Samuels was doing in the semifinals of the Daily News Golden Gloves.

But to show how determined he was to win the fight, Williams jumped high into the air four times before the third and final with a confident feeling that he would win.

And Williams would pull off the victory with a three round decision in the 201 pound open class division over Samuels at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn.

“I was frustrated that I wasn’t able to show my skills. I was never tired and I would have gone ten rounds if I had to,” Williams said. “A win is a win no matter what.”

Williams, who captured the super heavyweight novice championship last year in the Gloves, will fight on March 26 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

The second round was the turning point of the fight, as Williams found ways to land his right hook and jab to good effect. Samuels could not withstand the blows to the body from his opponent and could not form an effective plan of attack.

“He felt he was stronger than me. I wanted him to think he had the confidence so he can fight,” Williams said. “I put down my head down. to think I was sacred, so when he opened up, I can finally open up and throw some shots.”

Despite losing 15 pounds, Williams still has enough punching power to stand toe to toe with his opponent. As soon as Williams took control of the fight, Samuels’ frustration grew more evident. The referee docked two points away from the boxer representing the Westbury Boxing Club in the final two rounds.

“We was planning that I go to the body. I listened to my corner and I kept my composure,” Williams, who represents the Rockaway Ropes Boxing Club in Arverne, said.

While it was a semifinal contest, it was the first time that Williams had made an appearance in this competition. The 21-year old has lost 15 pounds and gained more stamina since winning the Golden Gloves novice championship in April of 2009.

If he is to win a second championship, Williams will have to beat a familiar opponent in Stivens Bujaj, who recorded a TKO in the first round to defeat Clifton Scott. Bujaj showed impressive power in landing two standing eight count knockouts. But the 5-11 Williams is not afraid of his taller 6-1 opponent.

Williams defeated Bujaj last November in a three-round decision to win the USA Boxing Metropolitan 201- pound open class championship in Franklin Square.

The Rockaway Ropes boxer will keep maintain the aggressive but patient approach that got him the win over Bujaj the first time.

If he wins a second time at the Garden, Williams will continue to make a name for himself in the local fight game.

“It feels good. I’m fighting a good opponent who I beat already. I’m excited and I will get to train hard,” Williams said.

“These dudes can’t stop me. It’s not an opinion, it’s a fact. I’m in shape and I’m ready.”

Blessed Trinity Announces

Summer Basketball Camp

Blessed Trinity has announced registration for their annual CYO basketball summer camp. It will be held at Saint Thomas More Hall on Wednesday, March 24, and Thursday, March 25 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Space is limited. The camp wll be held for boys who will attend grades 1 through 8 in the fall.

The boys camp will be held from July 5-11 and July 19–23. The girls camp will be held from July 12–16 and July 26–30.

The fee is $140.00 per week, which will include a t-shirt and a pizza party.

The time of each camp will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Blessed Trinity has asked those who are attending to bring lunch.

Snacks and drinks will be sold. For more information, contact Cathy Crockett at 718-634-4101 or email: cath 4663@aol.com

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