FORMER Dubbo CYMS captain-coach Joe Williams’ decision to quit football and turn his hand to a serious tilt at boxing is paying dividends.
Williams, fighting in the welterweight division, earned a unanomous points decision over Thai opponent Robert Oyan at Dubbo RSL Club on Saturday night to take his professional record to nine wins, one loss and one draw from 11 bouts. Two judges scored the fight 40-36 while the other gave the former NRL player a 39-37 verdict.
The win came as a great tune-up for Williams, who will fight again in eight weeks when he takes on Sydney boxer Jayson MacGura for the WBF junior welterweight International title at Cootamundra.
“I knew my opponent was far more experienced so I knew I had to be on song mentally,” Williams said.
“I had to concentrate entirely for all rounds.
“I knew he wanted me to fight in close but my plan was to keep moving so he could not trap me on the ropes and fight his fight.
“I knew if I kept him at a distance and not get into a slug fest I would win the fight.
“I felt in control when I was going with my plan. He hadn’t fought many southpaws so I used that to my advantage and kept him away by jabbing and faking him so he couldn’t get set to push me back.”
With Saturday’s fight being after the Christmas and new year break Williams had to strip a fair bit of weight.
“I came down from 80kg in eight weeks preparation and it was even harder because I had an injured foot for the first three weeks and I couldn’t run. For me running is the main key to weight loss,” Williams said.
“All in all Saturday night was a massive step up in experience and I am very happy with the win.”