Danny Williams has withdrawn from his British Heavyweight title defense against Derek Chisora at Wembley Arena on February 13 citing that he has a viral infection. Promoter Frank is now in talks with two boxers who hold wins over Williams to face Chisora instead on the huge Night of the Champions show. Williams caused confusion last week when after accepting to fight Chisora – who replaced the injured Sam Sexton – he then failed to turn up at a press conference to announce the Chisora bout, leaving his manager Micky Helliet to say that Williams “needed some time to get his head around the change.” However, Williams confirmed last Friday that he was going ahead with the fight against the unbeaten puncher. “It’s very disappointing and frustrating after last week’s antics for Danny to once again pull out of the fight leaving Derek in the lurch,” said Warren.
“I’m just sorry for Derek who has trained his heart out for his British title opportunity and has had it scuppered – and remember that Williams didn’t want to fight him when I tried to make the fight last year. I am working hard for Derek who will still feature on the Night of the Champion show and the two boxers I am negotiating with have beaten Danny already I said last week that Danny should vacate the title or retire if he didn’t want to fight him.”
He added, “The Night of the Champions features the best in young talent that I promote like Derek, Nathan Cleverly, Kevin Mitchell, James DeGale, Frankie Gavin, Billy Joe Saunders, Jamie Cox, and the Walsh brothers and it will a fantastic night showcasing the future of British boxing.”