2010-12-10 / Sports

Rockaway Ropes Boxer Wins Third Metro Title

By Elio Velez

Rising amateur boxer Joseph “Mack” Williams has won his third consecutive USA Metro Boxing heavyweight championship without even stepping into the ring.

Williams will claim his Metro boxing title tonight in Franklin Square as his opponent, Alexander Duque, dropped out days before the scheduled 201- pound open class championship. He will pick up the award during the 2010 Metropolitan Championships at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant.

The 21-year old Williams, who represents the Rockaway Ropes Boxing Club, had won the 201-pound title last year over Stivens Bujaj in a third round knockout. In 2008, Williams had won his first Metro title in the 201-pound novice class division.

The 5-11, 195 pound boxer, noted for his movement in the ring and inside punching power, has only lost once in thirteen amateur fights. His last victory came in August when he outboxed Nicholas Whittingham in a unanimous three round victory to claim the Long Island Amateur Boxing 201- pound open class championship.

According to co-trainer Kenyatta Harris, Williams will rest up for the next month and then prepare to compete in the Daily News Golden Gloves. Williams will try to avenge his loss in the 201-pound open class final to Bujaj at Madison Square Garden on March 26.

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