2010-08-27 / Sports

Williams Completes Trifecta in L.I. Championships

By Elio Velez

Joseph Williams poses with his championship belt. Photo by William Thomas Joseph Williams poses with his championship belt. Photo by William Thomas Joseph “Mack” Williams knew that he had taken control by the third and final round of his 201-pound open class championship fight at the Long Island Amateur Boxing Championships.

Williams had outboxed and outpunched the slower Nicholas Whittingham for most of the fight. The final decision which the judges had scored 5- 0 to give Williams his third straight championship in the competition validated how well he did.

The Rockaway Ropes fighter enjoys winning, but the Edgemere native was downplaying just a tad from his good performance.

I wish you could saw my last bout when I knocked out the kid,” Williams said of his victory two weeks ago when he knocked out an opponent at Gleason’s Gym.

“I’m a natural brawler. I’m from Edgemere, a Far Rockaway kid. But coach Kenyatta (Harris) is training me to be a boxer and be more versatile. I can do like Mike Tyson but I can change it up to be a James Toney/Floyd Mayweather.”

Though he suffered from the remnants of a chest cold a few days prior, the 5-11 Williams displayed enough skill to comfortably outpace his taller 6- 2 opponent.

“I was working through the whole day with the air conditioning blasting and I told him my chest hurt. I was taking in short air,” Williams said. “I just kept drinking tea with lemon and hope it would calm down.”

The brief trouble spell in Williams’ performance was in the middle of the first round when he was hit in the upper chest by a Whittingham right hand. Williams briefly stumbled, but regained his footing and began to use his jab to beat up his opponent.

In his rise up the amateur ranks, the former Daily News Golden Gloves champion is trying to polish boxing skills to become a complete boxer. In the second and third rounds, Williams used everything in his arsenal from landing right hooks and body shots to good effect.

Williams had one hiccup in June when he lost in the qualifiers of the U.S. Boxing Olympic Trials in Colorado Springs. Williams was leading for most of three-round fight, but he says fatigue due to the high altitude of 5,000 feet played a huge factor in his loss.

He’s learned from that defeat and is working harder than ever before to improve his skills for the next few months. Williams wants to keep bolstering his stock as one of the top rising young heavyweights.

“I’ll use every loss as a steppingstone. It gives me a big boost to my ego and makes me go hard. Everybody loves winning,” Williams said.

“I love to travel and go to places and people know my name.”

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