Saturday, August 19, 2006

Williams stops Mitchell, wants Margarito

By JE Grant

RENO --- Budding superstar Paul Williams dominated former champion Sharmba Mitchell stopping him in four rounds in a welterweight showdown.

The southpaw Williams, 31-0 (23 KOs), Aiken, South Carolina, 146 ½, used an enormous height and reach advantage to keep Mitchell out of position to throw combinations.

The 35 year-old Mitchell, 57-6 (31 KOs), Washington, D.C., 146 ½, and also a southpaw, was able to leap in with occasional chopping punches but regularly paid a swift price for the effort.

Williams poured on a high-volume attack to sweep the first two rounds. In round three a straight left from Williams sent Mitchell to the canvas. Mitchell spent much of the round attempting to fight back and but proving unable to staunch the tide.

In round four, the “Punisher” Williams honed his attack landing sharp punches right from the bell. Williams dropped Mitchell for the second time early in the round and effectively owned the fight from that point.

Williams’ relentless attack with both hands led to two more trips to the canvas before the former titlist Mitchell was counted out at 2:57.

Clearly Williams has earned a place among the top fighters of the division. He is currently rated number one by the WBO and is pushing for a date with its titlist Antonio Margarito.

With pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather set to face the true champion Carlos Baldomir, the Margarito match makes economic sense and presents the potential for a major showdown with Mayweather-Baldomir winner.


In an undercard match, unbeaten heavyweight "Fast" Eddie Chambers moved to 27-0 (15 KOs) with a fifth round stoppage of unheralded Domonic Jenkins. The 24 year-old Chambers is one of a handful of American youngsters looking to retake the heavyweight title.


Anonymous Big John said...

Williams will beat Margarito. He might even ko Floyd.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Well, sh*t...Hey, thanks for the report there "johnny on the spot". I forgot about the 3-hour time delay, and grabbed a few Guinness am getting ready to watch it! I saw the headline, and tried briefly to pretend I didn't "actually see it"! (LOL!) No biggie...;-)

10:10 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Whew...JE...This was my first time seeing this Williams kid. I know Sharmba is about as washed-up as an old pair of Levi's, but Williams was impressive. This kid is a legit top-contender, and could maybe even be a future 154 or 160 pounder.

11:37 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

* Sidenote- The HBO B.A.D crew has about the worst "chemistry" I have ever witnessed, since a kid farted on a bunsen burner in my high school science class.


11:48 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

BTW- As for the Chambers fight J.E, I heard it was close, and a very bizarre stoppage.

12:38 AM  
Blogger Gary Digital Williams said...

Williams is the truth, folks! I've been impressed with him since I saw him in his third pro fight. He is a legitimate threat to anyone at 147 pounds!

6:44 AM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Gary -- I think you're absolutely right!!!!!! The man is the real thing. PBF, Margarito and all the others have something to worry about. Hatton made the right decision to move back to 140 -- because Williams would beat him to a pulp.

7:46 AM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

You know...This was (for all intents & purposes) my first time seeing him, but I think I agree to Gary! I think he may be a MAJOR threat to ANYONE, including some guy named "Floyd"!

11:59 AM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

I've seen him before and he was awesome then. He only gets better.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

You know, ONE little concern I have about Williams; he got hit (solidly) a few too many times for my liking the other night.

10:11 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

I'd like to see him tighten the "d" a bit, but it sure makes for an exciting fight to see him go all out.

6:57 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Fast Eddie needs to be on TV, stat.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

I'm not saying Chambers or Scott will ever become world champ, or even legit top-contenders, but the t.v exposure they have recieved is virtually NON-EXISTANT. (They have each only been on T.V ONCE.)

* Sidenote- I think Jason Estrada has a great chance of becoming a GOOD heavyweight, but virtually NO chance of becoming a GREAT hvy. (Among other things, despite being nearly 250.lbs, the guy has virtually NO 'pop'. I also question his 'intangibles' a bit as well, after that whole Olympic thing. But he was VERY young, I suppose. Anyways, he has some definite talent and skill, but I don't see future (legit/unified) world champ written over him. Hopefully he get the most out of his ability, and maximize it though.

11:39 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

I remember Estrada from the amateurs. I agree with your assessment. He'll be a solid guy and tough for anyone to beat. He won't take the throne.

7:37 AM  

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