By Mark Vester
British heavyweight champion Danny Williams is not happy with the treatment he received from referee Dave Parris during the controversial decision win over John McDermott in Dagenham. Despite the fight being very close and Williams losing three-points, the three official judges still managed to hand him a majority decision win with scores of 114-111, 114-113 and 113-113.
Williams had a very rocky fifth-round and appeared to be ready go, having to gut it out and come back in the later rounds to tighten the score gap. The fight appeared to be on the table heading into the final two-rounds, when Williams lost two-points in the eleventh for low blows and another point in the twelfth because the ref felt he spit out his mouthpiece to get a breather. Williams said that he knew the fight was close and thought he might of lost the fight after the ref shaved three points from his tally.
"I just can't believe my bad luck. My third points deduction was for spitting out my gumshield, but it fell out when I was telling McDermott to stop holding me and let me fight, Williams said. "The referee didn't penalize him once. I was petrified and I thought with three points off I'd lost the fight. I'm just so thankful the judges were watching the right fight and gave me the verdict.''
"John was throwing and throwing and he has got great workrate for a heavyweight. But regardless of whether my motivation is there or not, my heart will always prevail.''
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