Williams prepared for opportunities
Sherman’The Tank’Williams, in town over the weekend as a guest of the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization(PACBO), admitted that initially he was disappointed with the controversial no-contest ruling by referee Dave Johnson after he had knocked Evander Holyfield around the ring for three rounds.
When Holyfield refused to come out for the fourth round and his corner claimed that the slight cut at the corner of his left eye was bothering him, the referee made his ruling. Williams has moved on though.
“When I saw that I was not going to get the victory I deserved, I moved on. Whatever the World Boxing Federation(WBF)does, I will go ahead with my career. If the ruling is favorable, fine…but if it is not I have options.
“Roy Jones calls just about every day. James Toney wants a piece of me now. I will just move ahead with fights. Some solid names in the game are interested in fighting me,”said Williams.
He has the right attitude. Williams has to, however, sit with his manager and advisors and make the right decision. The WBF, although not vacating the title, has named Williams as the mandatory opponent in the final elimination bout for the Interim title.
If Williams follow the WBF plan true to form, he will bide his time, network with prospective partners in The Bahamas and prepare for a huge sports/tourism boxing bonanza in either May or June right here. Brazilian Raphael Zumbano and South African Francois Botha have been slotted in an elimination fight, the winner to meet Williams in The Bahamas.
This is a good time for Williams. He has never been in a better situation. At 38, he has been fighting for 14 years and sports a 34-11-2-1(win-loss-draw-no contest)record.
Zumbano, at 30 and standing 6’5″, has won 28 fights and lost four. He is presently on a 12-match win streak. He is expected to be a very tough opponent for Botha. On the other hand, the South African is a noted veteran who has been in the ring with the best while compiling a 47-5-3 record.
Just last April, he was stopped by Holyfield for the WBF title. He has not fought since. His other defeats came against champions Wladimir Klitschko, Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson and Michael Moorer.
Botha is 42, the same age as Toney and Roy Jones. So, there is this cavalry of seasoned fighters out there and Williams is the key figure in the group. The Grand Bahamian has come from afar.