Photo by Bob Barton
Christmas came early for lightweight power-broker “Dangerous” Dannie Williams in the form of an ESPN2 Friday Nights Fight main event showdown on January 11th against John “The Hammer” Molina Jr. (24-2, 19 KOs) at the Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“I’ve been waiting to get back into a meaningful fight so I can get back in the lightweight picture,” Williams said from training camp in Youngstown, Ohio. “That’s what this fight is all about. I look at this fight like all of my fights as the biggest of my life.”
This is a crossroads fight with both combatants having recently lost major fights.
Williams (22-2, 18 KOs) is only two fights removed from a disappointing loss by ten-round decision to NABF lightweight titlist Hank Lundy (21-1-1) while Molina suffered a devastating first-round knockout in his last fight to WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco.
Williams, who was the #9 WBC contender going into the Lundy fight, has regrouped, winning his most recent fight this past October by way of a seventh-round knockout of Rynell Griffin.
Molina’s most significant win, ironically, was an 11th round stoppage of Lundy in 2010 for the NABO lightweight title.
“I’m really up for this fight because he’s the guy who beat the guy who beat me,” Williams noted. “I’m going to show the boxing world that my Lundy fight was a fluke. Molina’s last fight was disappointing. I don’t think he can take a big punch. It’s not like Lundy can hit. DeMarco hit him with some good punches, but I can’t wait to see how he reacts when I hit him.”
The fight between Williams and Molina, who have combined to knock out 37 opponents in 46 total wins, has the potential to start 2013 off with fireworks.
A loss derails either fighter’s career and the winner gets right back in the picture,” observed Jack Loew, the chief trainer for Williams. ”With these guys, no matter what game plan is set, once they get touched, their manhood takes over. They’re both warriors, real fighters, and this can be a very exciting fight. Dannie just has to fight for ten rounds, although this isn’t the type fight that figures to go the distance. Against Lundy, we had a great game plan and it worked for two or three rounds. Then, Dannie hit a wall and for whatever reason, he stopped fighting.”
This fight could mean the difference between ever getting a world title shot or not,” said Steve Smith, promoter of Rumble Time Promotions and the promoter of Williams. “I’ve let Dannie know what this fight means and the pressure is on him to win. Dannie has to be professional and go into this fight in a better mind set than he did against Lundy. He can’t dance around and box. He has to come forward and be aggressive. Dannie Williams is always going to be a power puncher.”
The Williams vs. Molina showdown is co-promoted by Rumble Time Promotions (President Steve Smith) and Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment.
Go online to www.RumbleTimePromotions.com for more information about Williams or any of his Rumble Time Promotions stablemates.