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Hylon Williams Talks Barthelemy Loss, Eyes 3/23 Return

By Osman Rodriguez

Super featherweight contender Hylon Williams Jr. (15-1, 3KOs) spoke to BoxingScene.com about Friday's eight round decision loss to Rance Barthelemy (15-0, 11KOs). It was the first loss in Williams' pro career. ESPN's Friday Night Fights televised the contest.

BoxingScene.com: Hylon, what are your thoughts of the fight? How do yo feel about many of the fans and media who had it much closer than the official judges had it?

Williams: It was a very entertaining fight. I really feel I had an off night. I saw some openings but couldn't  utilize them, but I give Barthelemy credit for fighting a good fight and I know we will meet down the line because I definitely need to fight him again. I thought it was close down the stretch I couldn't get my hands off and lost it at the end if it was 10 rds or more I really feel it would have benefited me. But I congratulate Rances and I feel we'll both be champions.

BoxingScene.com: You fought a lot on the inside. Many feel you were more suited to fight on the outside and use your speed. Your thoughts?

Williams: Yes I definitely should have fought on the outside a bit more but he was also long and rangy so I was hiding under him and working but like I said it was an off night and the best fighters of all-times lose and I'm a fighter I love boxing and I showed that fighting another undefeated fighter I hope more boxers do that. This is a great learning experience and I will only get better and God is the master planner and its not how many times you fall its how many times you get up.

BoxingScene.com: Your right. I hope more fighters do take your words into consideration because it will really help the sport. What is next for you?

Williams: I will be fighting on March 23 I believe in my hometown of Texas. Get back in the ring get on a winning track. There's no doubt I will come back stronger than ever and I will become a world champion. I have become a better fighter and my mind will be stronger and like my manager told me the cream will rise to the top and I know God has a plan for me and I will work very hard to never lose again. That I promise you!

BoxingScene.com: Thank you for a great fight on Friday and any closing thoughts?

Williams: Thank you. I want to thank all of my fans and family for all the support the have been showing me back home and on twitter. Follow me @hylonwilliams I will keep you updated on how things are going on my career. I promise you all I will bounce back harder than ever. Love you all and God bless.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 02-06-2012

[QUOTE=damit305;11751738]Out of the Barthelemy squad Rances looks the most promising.[/QUOTE] Rances is only 25 years old. He's listed at 5'11" and fights at 130. His older brother, Yan, has been a bust as a pro. The elder Barthelemy already has…

Comment by damit305 on 02-06-2012

Out of the Barthelemy squad Rances looks the most promising.

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 02-06-2012

I was at the fight. I was there in support of Barthelemy. Rances won, but I'm not sure how far he'll go. Barthelemy was busy and he gave different looks, but his punches didn't have much snap. Rances showboated a…

Comment by nycsmooth on 02-05-2012

don't agree w/ needing 2 box on the outside more...he was having a terrible time w/the Cubans ht/reach, but, IMO, his biggest problem was NO power, couldn't keep the Cuban off hi and this will b a problem going forward.

Comment by Cubanborn87 on 02-05-2012

it was a good scrap, i really liked the way rances fought firs time i see him fight , i like his style

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