Wallasey Express Steve Williams derailed in British title bid
STEVE WILLIAMS will be today considering his future in boxing after missing out on the British title.
The Wallasey Express lost a unanimous points decision to light-welterweight champion Darren Hamilton after 12 rounds on Saturday night at the ECHO Arena.
Williams, 28, had said a defeat at the weekend would force him to think hard about carrying on his professional career.
Exactly five years on from his paid debut – and after a torrid 12 months – Williams was hoping to land the Lonsdale Belt at 10st at the second time of asking.
Having fallen short in a bid to dethrone Lenny Daws in July 2010, Williams rebuilt but lost all his momentum after stopping Karl Place in December 2011 in a British title eliminator in Wigan.
Injury, illness and other factors beyond his control meant the Wirral fighter had to wait until Saturday night to land his chance.
An honest and hard-working pro, Williams deserved better than the rotten luck handed to him.
But fortune did not favour the brave at the weekend as Williams’ hope of toppling the London fighter disintegrated as the fight moved past the halfway mark.
The pair had traded rounds early on as Hamilton’s slick countering style was off-set by Williams’ high pressure, high work-rate approach.
Williams was most effective when feeling his way into range with his jab but, frustratingly, it was used less and less as the fight wore on, Hamilton racking up a sizeable lead.