Williams decisioned Antonio Margarito in July of 2007 at a time when Margarito still was considered to be the world’s most feared welterweight in a triumph that came long after Margarito already had stopped current RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in the seventh round in 2000.
Williams’ victory over Margarito had also come a year prior to Margarito’s 11th-round knockout of Miguel Cotto in the latter’s first career loss.
Williams has split middleweight bouts with Martinez (his win coming before Martinez dethroned Kelly Pavlik as a undisputed middleweight titleholder) and has split wins over Carlos Quintana, avenging a unanimous decision loss with a first-round knockout.
Williams also owns a one-sided middleweight win over former world titleholder Winky Wright.
Wright, Quintana, Lara and Martinez were all southpaws as is Williams, who has had problems with the last three of the five.
Having watched video of Ishida’s knockout of Kirkland, Williams credits his opponent while also insisting that he is prepared for what he has to offer.
“[Against Kirkland,] that was his night. You can’t fault anybody for coming in there like he did, and he won, and he knocked him out. I have to give him his props for that. He did what not a lot of guys have been able to do,” said Williams of Ishida, an orthodox fighter.
“Coming up on this fight on Feb. 18, I know he’s in the best shape, and he’s going to try and go out and repeat that again. I’m going to show my fans that I’m not done. They will always try and write you off, but I will show them that I’m not done. Every time I get into the ring I try and make a statement.”
CLOUD’S READY TO BRING ‘THUNDER,’ LOOKS TO KO CAMPILLO
Cloud believes that other light heavyweight titleholders are avoiding him, most notably, RING/WBC champ Bernard Hopkins, who turned 47 on Jan. 15. Hopkins informed RingTV.com during an interview that he would fight unbeaten WBO titleholder Nathan Cleverly, of the United Kingdom, or once-beaten WBA beltholder Beibut Shumenov, of Kazakhstan — but not Cloud.
Cloud was recently frustrated by the failure to negotiate a bout with Jean Pascal, whom Hopkins dethroned as WBC beltholder by unanimous decision last May to become the oldest man to win a significant title belt in boxing.
So how does Cloud get his rivals into the ring? How about a tournament emulating Showtime’s Super Six Super Middleweight World Boxing Classic?