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BBC boxing commentator John Rawling
"This answered an awful lot of questions about Danny Williams"
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British and Commonwealth champion Danny Williams
"It was a good workout - I was always in control"
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Williams' trainer Jim MacDonald
"As always his preperation was absolutely first class"
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Saturday, 28 July, 2001, 22:29 GMT 23:29 UK
Sweet revenge for Williams
Julius Francis
Francis grimaces in pain on the canvass
Danny Williams gained revenge on veteran Julius Francis to retain his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles at the Wembley Conference Centre.

The 28-year-old stopped Francis in the third round when a left upper-cut caught Francis full in the eye socket.

Francis, 36, sank, clearly in pain, and was counted out by referee Micky Vann.

The former champion was taken to hospital with his eye fully closed.

It was always a shot I thought I could catch him with
  Danny Williams
Although the ending may have been unsatisfactory, it was a deeply satisfying win for Williams, who lost his British and Commonwealth belts in a shock defeat by Francis two years ago.

Williams said: "I'm very happy to have successfully held my titles.

"It was the pain rather than the fact Julius was dazed that he went down.

"It was always a shot I thought I could catch him with."

While Francis' most famous moment came when he acted as easy pickings for Mike Tyson, Williams achieved fame last October when he defied a dislocated shoulder to defeat Mark Potter.

Seeking revenge in the clash between south London fighters, Williams dominated from the start.

Williams, looking fit and strong at 17st 8lbs, tried to line up Francis with a right hand by powering in his jab.

That straight left landed repeatedly in the face of Francis, and was picking up the points.

It went in at will in the second before the champion ripped home a right to the body in a swift change of tactics.

It looked as if the fight would go into later stages, until Williams turned on the power after two minutes and 15 seconds of the fourth round.

Williams will now be hoping for a crack at one of the many world heavyweight titles in his next bout.

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