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This past Friday night in Chicago was supposed to be a
second beginning for the boxing career of Phil "The Drill"
Williams. As Williams prepared to head out to the Windy City to fight,
boxing fans and figures back home were largely in agreement that this
was a prime opportunity for the "old" Drill to resurface.
Positive text messages and phone calls including some from former ring
rivals of Williams was further proof of that. Williams had six weeks
to ready himself to face the up and coming but still improving prospect
Andrzej Fonfara. And Williams himself said it would be a new beginning.
But after getting stopped by Fonfara in the third round last Friday
night, one can only hope that the new beginning will still come the
next time around.
Contrary to local predictions however, the former southpaw
Williams again did not look like himself last Friday night. While Fonfara
looked eager and ready to fight even at weigh-ins, Williams lacked the
intensity of the moment that he has shown in the past.
With the victory, Fonfara continues to roll since his move to light-heavyweight standing now at (20-2, 11 Ko's) while Williams falls to (11-5-1, 10 KO's)
Williams seemed ok afterwards but admitted that he did not take full advantage of the time he had to train for the fight.
"My mind told me I can do it, but my body is telling me I can't be doing it like this anymore." Williams was referring to fighting without putting everything into training.
At 34, Williams still has time to turn back the clock. The supporters back home know that the Minneapolis fighter has the boxing skills, power, and capability to light up a lot of fighters. But the question looms whether the full time family man and a barber by trade has the time or desire to put what is needed into his boxing career and give fans a few more glimpses of the southpaw KO artist most had come to expect.
In other action, David LaQue of Bloomington lost a four
round decision to Luis Santiago of Chicago. Santiago's busier and accurate
punching won him each round but LaQue, who didn't spend a full day in
the gym for the short notice fight, stood toe to toe with Santiago until
the end. The crowd cheered loudly for both guys following a fun fight.