2011-04-15 / Sports

Williams Earns Second Golden Gloves Title

By Eli Velez

Joseph Williams (right) lands a clean right hand to the face of Mark Sinatra. Photo by William Thomas. Joseph Williams (right) lands a clean right hand to the face of Mark Sinatra. Photo by William Thomas. Joseph “Mack” Williams was quite confident as he stepped into the ring in the final bout of the evening last Friday night at the Daily News Golden Gloves.

The 22-year fighter representing the Rockaway Ropes Boxing Club was fighting at Madison Square Garden for the third straight year. That experience, plus a relaxed nature, allowed Williams to record a dominating three-round decision win over Mark Sinatra to capture the 201-pound heavyweight championship.

Williams admitted he wasn’t sharp in the 2010 finals when he lost to Stivens Bujaj. He did a 180-degree approach in terms of preparation against Sinatra.

“I wanted to have fun and not make it a serious competition. If you make it serious, it gets to your head,” Williams said. “I wanted it to make it fun because my friends and loved ones came out to support me tonight.”

It was the second time the amateur fighter has won a medal in the Golden Gloves. “Mack” Williams won the 201-pound novice championship in 2009.

Williams used a stifling jab to keep Sinatra, a 26- year old NYPD officer, off balance for most of the contest. There was also plenty of moment from Williams, who used his speed to avoid any attempts by Sinatra to land crushing blows. The judges handed the 22- year old fighter a 5-0 victory.

“It was the jab. It was a magnet,” Rockaway Ropes trainer Anthony Santiago said. “The fight opened up. We wanted him to concentrate after the jab with some body shots so he would quit.”

Williams believes he is coming to is own as a boxer. He is trying to become an all-around fighter who mixes speed, precision and punching power into a complete package.

“I said in the back of my head I aint worry what he’s got because I know what he got. Hard work and dedication and that’s what I did.”

With his second Golden Gloves win, Williams will try to earn more honors when he competes at the National Golden Gloves later this month at Indianapolis.

A victory there will give him could earn him more confidence to chase an Olympic heavyweight spot in the U.S. Championships in Colorado Springs in mid-June.

Williams, a father of two, and a youth counselor at the Ocean Bay Center, is not thinking of turning pro just yet. What he said jokingly is attempt to tie the family record of three Golden Gloves titles. That record is held by his cousin Brian Adams, who is currently the director of the Golden Gloves.

“In the family he owns the most golden gloves, he don’t want to me to tie him or beat him,” Williams explained wit a smile. “I’ll at least want to tie it up.”

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