Williams Looking To Convince Tyson To Fight Him
Out of all the fighters that have called Mike Tyson out to fight, one is the most active. Would Tyson answer the call if Danny Williams was on the other line?
Williams (54-28, 1NC) stated early last week that he had his agents call Tyson’s to schedule a bout between the two. Tyson recently announced his return to the ring, with an intention to fight in exhibition bouts for charity. Debuting in 1995, Williams still fights today to pay for his daughter’s private education. It appears a payday against Tyson for a good cause does entice Williams.
“I’m 47 now and I think the fans deserve to see a swansong between two fighters that everyone knows,” said Williams to Boxing Scene. “I’m looking for one last big payday to go out in style.”
In 2004 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, Tyson and Williams competed in Tyson’s second to last fight. “Iron” Mike started the fight off hot but cooled down as the third round ended. He was later knocked out by Williams, and it was revealed Tyson suffered from a torn ligament following the first round. Tyson would lose to Kevin McBride in his final bout. Wiliams faced and lost to Vitali Klitschko after for the WBC and The Ring Heavyweight Titles.
Since the Tyson bout, Williams has gone 22-24 with one no-contest. He fought four times in 2019, going 2-2. His corner member Gilesy Carter has been working on getting a fight between the two going, even using the “Return For Revenge” tagline that was used in the first fight.
“The idea (for a fight) came immediately,” said Carter. “Danny is the only active fighter who’s defeated Mike, so we thought it’s the perfect opportunity for him to try and gain revenge. ‘Repeat or Revenge’ would be an appropriate name for the fight card.”
Since Tyson’s announcement, he has since been offered $1 million to fight Australian football and rugby stars and $20 million to sign with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. John Fury and a returning Evander Holyfield have put their name in the hat. It appears that Williams will have some steep competition.
Carter is hoping to get Williams a clash with Tyson. Williams has fought all over the world over the past few years to get a fight. If one doesn’t materialize with Tyson, Williams will have a retirement tour of his own. As far as who would be the victor of the bout, Williams sees it very different compared to when he first fought Tyson.
“In his prime, he would have beat me in a round,” Williams said. “Now is more a fair go. We both got older.”