By Ryan Burton
BoxingScene.com recently spoke to lightweight prospect Dannie Williams (21-1) who takes on Hank Lundy (21-1-1) this Friday on the latest edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights. The St. Louis native now lives in Youngstown, OH where he trains at the Southside Boxing Club under the tutelage of Jack Loew.
Williams thinks that the fans will be in for a treat as both fighters try to graduate from prospect to contender. Besides winning a minor title, he thinks that the winner will be in line for a fight on one of the premium networks.
"I think it is going to be a good fight. You got two guys trying to get to the next level. Trying to get to that HBO level or a title shot. Winning the NABF title is a big step," Williams stated while also mentioning that if he wins he should receive a noticeable bump in his ranking. "I should be able to see big time TV, Showtime and HBO after. It also should put me somewhere in the top five of the WBC. I am already number nine so it is real big," he continued.
Lundy has only one loss on his record. The Philadelphia based fighter was comfortably up on the scorecards when he was hurt and knocked down by John Molina in the 8th round of their July 2010 fight. The fight ended up being waived off by the referee in the 11th round when Molina caught Lundy flush and knocked him against the ropes. Even though Molina continued landing punches, Lundy protested the loss by deeming the stoppage premature. Williams said that he will be looking to land a big shot like Molina did but the difference is that he doesn't plan to be losing the fight when he catches Lundy.
"Molina was down rounds. My whole thing is to be up rounds and then try to catch him. I am going to be up on rounds so I won't have to worry about that," Williams said while pointing out the fact that Molina needed a knockout to secure the win. He also said that he is going to be in his opponent's face from the opening stanza till the final bell if the fight goes that long. "If he makes a mistake, he got to pay. I am going to make it as uncomfortable for him as possible."
Before our conversation ended, Williams gave his take on the upcoming fight between Brandon Rios and Richard Abril that takes place on April 14th for the WBA lightweight title. Williams knows Rios well from their days competing in the Midwest amateur boxing program. The 27 year old spoke with a lot of respect for the fighter regarded as the top lightweight in world.
"I like Brandon Rios a lot. I have known him since we were in the amateurs. We used to have to fight each other to see who would go to the Nationals. He is from Kansas City and I am from St. Louis so we are in the same region. We split. He beat me and I beat him. I dropped him. We call him Chico. Chico is tough as nails. He is big and strong and always comes to fight. I think he is going to be too much for Richard Abril," Williams predicted.
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