2012-04-06 / Sports

Williams Earns Third Golden Gloves Title

By Elio Velez


“Mack” Williams (right) lands a right jab to the face of Max Tassy. Below, the Champ and Tourney Director Brian Adams. Photos by William Thomas. “Mack” Williams (right) lands a right jab to the face of Max Tassy. Below, the Champ and Tourney Director Brian Adams. Photos by William Thomas. Joseph “Mack” Williams executed his gameplan against his opponent Max Tassy as soon as the bell rang.

“I just wanted to push the issue and everything and impose my will,” Williams said.

Williams controlled the 201-pound heavyweight open fight by outboxing Max Tassy to capture his third Daily News Golden Gloves title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden last Friday night.

Williams recorded a unanimous threeround victory, and won 5-0 on the scorecard. He captured the novice heavyweight in 2009, but lost in the finals the next year. But he bounced back to defeat Mark Sinatra in the finals in April of 2011.

The 5-10 Williams, who was a few inches shorter than his opponent, did not allow Tassy to pull off enough clean punches. Tassy was cornered near the ropes for most of the bout as Williams landed plenty of jabs to the face and to the body.

The tactics clearly worked according to Williams during the fight. He overheard the complaints from Tassy’s cornermen that the Rockaway Ropes boxer was holding excessively in the first two rounds.

“I shook him early. He had his people try to hype him up, I didn’t let that get to my head. Matter of fact, I picked it up because of that,” Williams said.

“I just wanted to keep him on the ropes and fight me. He kept holding me he really didn’t want to fight. I put on a good performance and I ended like that.”

A packed crowd got a bit excited when Williams landed on the canvas late in the third round.

Many had thought Tassy had landed a shot that put Williams briefly on the canvas. The referee had judged it was a slip, and not a knockdown.

Williams was awarded the Golden Gloves necklace by his cousin and tournament director Brian Adams. The win matched a family record with Adams, who also recorded three Golden Gloves titles in the 1980’s.

The record will have to remain a deadlock for Williams, who is now turning his gears on turning professional. Williams will participate in his last amateur tournament on April 28 at the National Golden Gloves Tournament to be held in Mesquite, Nevada.

The time is now for him to strike while the iron is hot. Williams says he will lower his weight down to a hopeful 178 pounds when he begins his pro career.

“It felt good to come out and please the crowd. The crowd was hyped and we put on a good fight,” Williams said.

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