BOSTON (March 2, 2021) – New Haven (CT) tremendous welterweight boxer Jimmy “Quiet Storm” Williams will lastly get what he calls “his world title combat” this Saturday night time in opposition to former world champion Yuri Foreman in an 8-round bout for the vacant American Boxing Federation USA tremendous welterweight championship, on the Kentucky Middle for African Individuals in Louisville, Kentucky.
Foreman (35-3, 10 KOs), combating out of Brooklyn, captured the World Boxing Affiliation (WBA) tremendous welterweight World title in 2009, when he gained a unanimous 12-round determination versus defending champion Daniel Santos (32-3-1).
“We sparred again after I was a child after I educated on the Joe Grier Boxing Academy in Patterson, New Jersey,” Williams defined. “Joe was the one who gave me my nickname, ‘Quiet Storm.’ Yuri is a real world champion. I principally have come from nowhere to share the ring with a world champion. What we’re doing is what boxing is all about. It’s not about age; he’s 40 and I’m 34. Age doesn’t imply something. I’m not a prime canine, which might be why they supplied me the combat, however I’m an actual fighter who can be in with a world champ. That is my world title combat! Win, lose, or draw, I’ll be combating a world champion. I’m not petrified of anyone. It’s not about cash, it’s who I’m, and I at all times step as much as the problem. That is going to be an incredible combat.”
Williams (16-5-2, 5 KOs) is proud to be one of many uncommon soccer gamers who has succeeded in boxing. He was a standout cornerback at Southern Connecticut State College and invited to a number of NFL tryout camps. He got here shut to creating the lower with the then-Oakland Raiders.
“I’ve at all times been a boxer at coronary heart,” Williams mentioned, “so soccer was simple for me. It was nice getting calls from NFL scouts. I walked away from soccer for boxing. I’m a former Division 2 school soccer participant combating a world champion. I knew when it was time to depart soccer, however I’m not prepared to depart boxing but. I don’t must field. I’m educated, work locally, and I’m a father. I’m blessed to be boxing and I’ll know when it’s time to hold up my gloves.”
Williams didn’t field till after his mom, Belinda, was murdered in 2008 and her case stays unsolved. He misplaced his father to most cancers.
“This combat for Jimmy is by far the largest of his profession,” Williams supervisor Ryan Roach (Fighter Locker) remarked. “It’s a should win to get him again on monitor. He is aware of what he has to do. He made a transfer to Veloz Boxing in Rhode Island and he’s a distinct fighter from what he was in his final two fights. Simply being round ‘Boo Boo’ (world champion Demetrious Andrade) and people guys there has Jimmy the place he must be for this combat.”
Williams has been promoted by Jimmy Burchfield‘s Basic Leisure and Sports activities (CES) since he turned professional in 2013.
“We have now a detailed relationship,” Burchfield commented. “I turned him professional, obtained him on nationwide tv a number of occasions, and even attended his marriage ceremony. I’m very pleased with him. He’s been tremendously loyal to CES as now we have to him. It is a nice alternative. He didn’t hesitate a minute to take this combat. He has a brand new coach, Brian Johnson, and Jimmy has been driving dangerous and forth from New Haven to Windfall to coach. I believe he’s within the prime form of his life, as a result of he is aware of the significance of this combat. He deserves to have this chance.
One thing particular about his combat this Saturday night time in opposition to Foreman for Williams, an African American, is combating at this venue (Kentucky Middle for African Individuals) within the hometown of his hero, Muhammad Ali.
“I’m paying homage to all individuals who’ve lived my dream,” Williams remarked. “It’s what I symbolize. We’ve misplaced lots of people within the final 12 months. Preventing in Louisville is large for me as a result of it’s the house of ‘The Best,’ Muhammad Ali. I take a look at Ali extra for his character and what he stood for than his boxing. He stood for one thing and misplaced the prime of his profession due to it. I attempt to be like him when it comes to who I’m. He gave me the boldness be who I wish to be in life. I’ve learn each guide about him. I refuse to surrender like Ali. I’m a throwback fighter.”
Fighter Locker’s rising secure of gifted boxers contains California tremendous flyweight Rocco “So Cal Child” Santomauro (20-1, 6 KOs), Troy, NY ABF American West tremendous light-weight Ray Jay “The Destroyer” Bermudez (12-0, 9 KOs), tremendous middleweight “The Wonderful” Shawn McCalman (6-0, 4 KOs), U.S. Military tremendous bantamweight Daniel Bailey, Jr. (2-0, 1 KO), light-weight Leonel de los Santos (2-0, 2 KOs), a2-time Dominican Republic Olympian, pro-debuting Boston featherweight Troy Anderson, Jr., pro-debuting Dominican Republic welterweight Juan Solano, and Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah brothers, tremendous light-weight Ignacio Chairez (7-0-1, 4 KOs) and light-weight Gabriel Chairez (3-0, 2 KOs).