DaVarryl Williamson

DaVarryl Jerome Williamson (born July 25, 1968)[3] is an American former professional boxer originally from Washington, D.C., but later a resident of Aurora, Colorado. He compiled a professional record of 27–8, with 23 knockouts.

DaVarryl Williamson
Statistics
Real nameDaVarryl Jerome Williamson
Nickname(s)Touch Of Sleep[1][2]
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Reach80 in (203 cm)
NationalityAmerican
BornJuly 25, 1968 (1968-07-25) (age 52)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights33
Wins27
Wins by KO23
Losses6
Draws0

Early lifeEdit

Williamson was raised in poverty in inner city Washington D.C.. He was born to a mother addicted to drugs and a criminal father. He spent his youth moving between foster homes and between schools until his father chose to resume contact at the age of 11. He got a football scholarship to Rochester Community College in Minnesota, before getting another scholarship to Wayne State College in Nebraska, graduating in 1993.[1]

Amateur careerEdit

Williamson started boxing as an amateur at the age of 25.[1] In January 1995, he received an offer to join the U.S. Olympic Education Center in Marquette, Michigan, in order to qualify at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Williamson failed to qualify, but joined the team as an alternate.[1] Standing 6 ft 3 in tall, Williamson gained popularity for his punching power, mainly for his clubbing right-hand haymaker, which became known as "Touch of Sleep".[1][2] As an amateur, Williamson won the National Golden Gloves heavyweight championships in 1996 and 1999, and United States national amateur championships in 1996, 1997 and 1998 and built a record of 120 wins, 17 losses and 1 draw, with 103 wins coming by knockout (88% KO rate).[1]

HighlightsEdit

1996 Olympic Trials Heavyweight

  • Defeated Harold Sconiers ko 1
  • Defeated David Washington ko
  • Lost to Nate Jones on points

1996 Challengers Olympics Heavyweight

1996 Olympics Heavyweight Box-Offs

1997 United States Heavyweight Championships

  • Defeated James Jackson ko 1
  • Defeated Terry Smith ko 2
  • Defeated Calvin Brock ko 3

1997 World Championships in Budapest (Heavyweight)

  • Defeated Garth da Silva (N-Z) on points
  • Lost to Mark Simmons] (Can) on points

1998 Tournament in Tampere, Finland (Heavyweight)

  • Defeated Kai Brankarr (Fin) tko 1

1998 United States Heavyweight Championships

  • Defeated Sam Sleezer tko 2
  • Defeated Kevin Montly ko 1
  • Defeated Stanley Mc Clain ko 3
  • Defeated Calvin Brock on points

1998 Goodwill Games (Heavyweight)

  • Defeated Mocerino ko 1
  • Defeated Kshinin ko 2
  • Lost to Félix Savón (Cub) ko 1

1999: United States Heavyweight Championships

1999: Golden Gloves (Heavyweight)

1999 Multi-National Tournament in Liverpool, England (Heavyweight:)

  • Defeated Kevin Evans (Gal) tko
  • Lost to Garth Da Silva (N-Z) on points

2000 Olympic Trials Heavyweight

2000 Challengers Round Olympic Trials Heavyweight

Professional careerEdit

Williamson made his professional debut in 2000 at the age of 32.[4] He won his first eighteen fights out of 19, with 16 of them by knockout (KO) inside the first five rounds[5] before facing another undefeated hard-hitting heavyweight Joe Mesi. In the opening minute, Mesi hit Williamson with a right-left combination, unleashing a barrage of punches which ultimately put Williamson down. Davarryl was not able to get up at the count of ten, declaring Mesi the winner by first-round KO.[6]

Afterwards, Williamson defeated Kendrick Releford by fifth-round TKO and Cuban contender Eliecer Castillo by majority decision before facing Wladimir Klitschko. The fight took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.[4] Williamson dropped Klitschko forty seconds into the second round, but was unable to capitalize on it. An accidental head butt in the closing seconds of the fifth round caused Klitschko bleeding from a cut above his right eye. Due to the cut, the fight was prematurely stopped, with Klitschko being declared the winner by technical decision. Two of the judges scored the fight identically 49–46 in favor of Klitschko, while the third judge had Williamson winning 48–47.[7][8]

Just one month after the bout, Williamson defeated former world champion, 39-year old Oliver McCall, who was on the comeback trail and lost 19 lbs for this bout, by unanimous decision.[9] He then faced former world title challenger Derrick Jefferson less than three months later, stopping him in the second round. Both fights took place at Madison Square Garden.[4] Following the win over Jefferson, Williamson received a title shot against Chris Byrd for the IBF world heavyweight title. The bout took place in Reno, Nevada, and was the main event of Don King's card that included James Toney fighting Dominick Guinn.[10] The fight, which some observers expected to be "explosive", was marked by a series of feints and clinches.[11] The bout went full twelve rounds, with Byrd being declared the winner by unanimous decision, with two judges scoring the fight 116–112 and one judge scoring it 115–113. The end of the fight was followed with boos from the crowd.[11] Following the fight it was revealed Williamson had postponed elbow surgery.

Following the loss, Williamson won two fights, beating journeyman Maurice Wheeler and undefeated prospect Mike Mollo within four rounds each,[4] before facing former world title challenger Kali Meehan on October 6, 2007 at Madison Square Garden. Williamson, who was 39 years old at the time, lost by sixth-round TKO.[4] He got his last chance to fight for the title in 2009, facing Ray Austin in the WBC heavyweight title eliminator, but was stopped in the fourth round.[12] After that, Williamson fought sporadically, having fought three times before retiring in 2014 after losing to Eric Molina at the age of 45.[4]

Professional boxing recordEdit

27 Wins (23 knockouts, 4 decisions), 8 Losses (6 knockouts, 2 decisions)[3]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 27-8   Eric Molina TKO 5 10/05/2014   USC Galen Center, Los Angeles
Loss 27-7   Tony Grano KO 4 23/06/2012   Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida For WBC NABF Heavyweight Title
Win 27-6   Michael Marrone KO 7 23/04/2011   Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California Marrone knocked out at 2:30 of the seventh round.
Loss 26-6   Ray Austin TKO 4 31/10/2009   Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada WBC World Heavyweight Title Eliminator. Referee stopped the bout at 2:37 of the fourth round.
Win 26-5   Carl Davis TKO 5 24/04/2009   Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri Referee stopped the bout at 2:52 of the fifth round.
Win 25-5   Cerrone Fox TKO 2 18/09/2008   Figali Convention Center, Panama City
Loss 24-5   Kali Meehan TKO 6 06/10/2007   Madison Square Garden, New York City WBO NABO Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at the end of the sixth round.
Win 24-4   Maurice Wheeler KO 3 06/07/2007   Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Florida Wheeler knocked out at 2:56 of the third round.
Win 23-4   Mike Mollo TKO 4 06/05/2006   DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the fourth round.
Loss 22-4   Chris Byrd UD 12 01/10/2005   Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada IBF World Heavyweight Title. 112-116, 113-115, 112-116.
Win 22-3   Derrick Jefferson TKO 2 30/04/2005   Madison Square Garden, New York City WBC Continental Americas/WBO NABO Heavyweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 2:41 of the second round.
Win 21-3   Oliver McCall UD 10 13/11/2004   Madison Square Garden, New York City 96-94, 96-94, 97-94.
Loss 20-3   Wladimir Klitschko TD 5 02/10/2004   Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Bout was stopped due to an accidental headbut. 46-49, 48-47, 46-49.
Win 20-2   Elieser Castillo MD 12 17/04/2004   Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Florida WBC NABF/WBO Latino Heavyweight Titles. 115-111, 115-111, 113-113.
Win 19-2   Kendrick Releford TKO 9 17/01/2004   Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida Referee stopped the bout at 2:35 of the ninth round.
Loss 18-2   Joe Mesi KO 1 27/09/2003   HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York Williamson knocked out at 1:37 of the first round.
Win 18-1   Robert Wiggins UD 10 10/01/2003   Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut 94-93, 97-90, 96-91.
Win 17-1   Corey Sanders TKO 5 26/07/2002   Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia Referee stopped the bout at the end of the fifth round.
Win 16-1   Dale Crowe TKO 3 25/05/2002   Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 2:26 of the third round.
Win 15-1   Abdul Muhaymin TKO 3 13/04/2002   Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia
Win 14-1   Ed White TKO 1 29/03/2002   Denver Coliseum, Denver, Colorado
Win 13-1   Kevin McBride TKO 5 18/01/2002   Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 2:48 of the fifth round.
Win 12-1   Harold Sconiers TKO 1 30/11/2001   Reno Hilton Casino Resort, Reno, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the first round.
Win 11-1   Andrei Kopilou TKO 3 16/11/2001   The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 1:56 of the third round.
Win 10-1   Derrick Ryals TKO 3 25/08/2001   Flamingo Hilton, Laughlin, Nevada
Win 9-1   Antuan Shazell TKO 2 04/08/2001   United Palace Theater, Washington Heights, Manhattan
Win 8-1   Marvin Hunt TKO 1 21/07/2001   Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 7-1   Antonio Colbert TKO 1 06/07/2001   Reno Hilton Casino Resort, Reno, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 2:00 of the first round.
Win 6-1   Leroy Berbick TKO 2 25/05/2001   Norfolk, Virginia Referee stopped the bout at 2:19 of the second round.
Win 5-1   Bradley Rone UD 4 18/03/2001   Riviera Casino, Black Hawk, Colorado
Win 4-1   John Ray Lewis TKO 1 21/01/2001   Riviera Casino, Black Hawk, Colorado
Loss 3-1   Willie Chapman TKO 4 06/10/2000   Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 3-0   Ronnie Smith RTD 2 24/08/2000   Coeur d'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho Smith retired at the end of the second round.
Win 2-0   Gregory Dial KO 2 04/08/2000   Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Dial knocked out at 2:18 of the second round.
Win 1-0   Paul Dowdy TKO 1 30/06/2000   Denver Coliseum, Denver, Colorado

AccoladesEdit

  • National Golden Gloves Champion - 1996, 1999
  • United States national amateur heavyweight champion – 1996, 1997, 1998 (first and only heavyweight to win the championships three times in a row)
  • 10-Time National Amateur Boxing Champion
  • Goodwill Games Silver Medalist - 1998
  • U.S. Olympic Team - First Alternate - 1996
  • U.S. Olympic Festival Champion - 1995
  • American Boxing Classic Champion - 1995, 1996, 1999
  • National Police Athletic League Champion - 1999
  • His professional opponents have a combined record of 337–150–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "A Touch of Sleep". 5280.com. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Perhaps the most stinging blow suffered by Davarryl Williams". AP News. March 13, 1997. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b "DaVarryl Williamson". BoxRec.com. Archived from the original on 2015-06-17. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "BoxRec: Davarryl Williamson". BoxRec. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  5. ^ "BoxRec: Bout: Joe Mesi vs Davarryl Williamson". BoxRec. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Joe Mesi vs Davarryl Williamson 2/3". YouTube. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  7. ^ "BoxRec: Bout: Wladimir Klitschko v DaVarryl Williamson". BoxRec. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Klitschko wins split decision after head butt". BoxRec. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  9. ^ "BoxRec: Oliver McCall". BoxRec. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Saturday, 1 October 2005: Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada, USA". BoxRec. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Byrd Wins Snoozer over Williamson". ESPN. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Ray Austin vs. Davarryl Williamson". BoxRec. Retrieved 13 March 2020.

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Preceded by
Lamon Brewster
United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
1996-1998
Succeeded by
Malik Scott