Al­ways some­thing to learn from oth­ers for Williamson

Sunday Sun - - Boxing -

DARLINGTON boxing prospect Troy Williamson is a real stu­dent of the game. The 27-year-old ex-in­ter­na­tional boxer has com­peted around the world with some of the finest box­ers, and is now un­de­feated af­ter eight fights as a pro­fes­sional (seven wins and one draw). But Williamson says no mat­ter how far he goes in the sport, he never wants to be­come some­body who be­lieves he knows it all. “I’m al­ways learn­ing and I be­lieve there is al­ways more knowl­edge that you can gain about some­thing, no mat­ter who you are or what you’ve achieved,” he said.

“Every time I’m in the gym I am learn­ing some­thing new.

“I watch a lot of boxing too. I’m a big fan of the sport in gen­eral and when I’m not fight­ing, I’m al­ways watch­ing fights and study­ing what oth­ers are do­ing.

“I love watch­ing Anthony Joshua in par­tic­u­lar. Not just in the ring but out­side it too with his train­ing and the way he con­ducts him­self. He’s a great role model.

“I watch a lot of dif­fer­ent styles of fight­ers too, to see what I can pick up from them and in­cor­po­rate into my own game. I wouldn’t want to be one di­men­sional. So I love watch­ing fight­ers like Olek­sandr Usyk and Va­syl Lo­machenko too.”

Williamson has reached a point in his ca­reer now where he is ready to look to­wards ti­tles.

On November 24 he’ll have his ninth pro­fes­sional con­test, at the Lan­cas­trian Suite in Dun­ston, against Darryl Sharp. His record reads five wins and 42 defeats and Williamson ad­mits he wants to be fight­ing bet­ter op­po­si­tion.

He won’t look past the Manch­ester jour­ney­man, how­ever, recog­nis­ing that, with eight weeks to pre­pare, Sharp could cause an up­set if he took his eye off the ball.

But Williamson is look­ing to get back to win­ning ways hav­ing drawn his last fight with fel­low un­de­feated boxer Jack Flat­ley in Manch­ester in June.

The Frank War­ren-signed fighter said: “I can’t wait to get back out there again be­cause it feels an age since my last one.

“I’m still a lit­tle an­noyed about that Flat­ley fight be­cause I truly be­lieve I won that fight and a lot of peo­ple I’ve spo­ken to since have said I won that fight too.”

Tick­ets are avail­able from www. probox­ingnew­castle­gateshead.com.

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