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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 December, 2004, 11:33 GMT
Williams resists retirement call
Danny Williams
British heavyweight Danny Williams has pledged to keep on boxing despite being outclassed and stopped in eight rounds by WBC champion Vitali Klitschko.

After a Las Vegas mismatch, promoter Frank Warren urged his charge to have a long think before fighting again.

But Williams told BBC Radio Five Live he would "regroup, enjoy the family and then get back into some hard training."

He added: "I want to continue. Look at Frank Bruno, he lost twice and then finally got his title."

Williams was taken to hospital for a precautionary brain scan after being stopped by Klitschko.

"I had stitches in my eye and a brain scan, but I was released and they said I was OK," he said.

If he does want to get back into the ring, we'll have to have a serious think about it because I couldn't have him in another fight like that
Frank Warren

"I'm very disappointed because I was not here to make up the numbers and I thought I could beat him.

"But I couldn't handle his style. Mike Tyson came forward and he was there to be hit, but Klitschko was leaning back."

Responding to suggestions that his weight - 19st 4lb - had slowed him down, Williams said: "I don't think it was a factor.

"I was only five pounds lighter for the Mike Tyson fight and that's just a couple of meals for a heavyweight.

"If I had lost a bit of weight I would probably not have made it through round one."

Warren conveyed respect and concern for Williams.

"If he does want to get back into the ring, we'll have to have a serious think about it because I couldn't have him in another fight like that," he said.

"He is a brave, brave man but my immediate advice is to have a think. It's not just about money, it's about your health."


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