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Saturday, 21 October, 2000, 20:47 GMT 21:47 UK
Hero Williams pulls out victory
Danny Williams against Julius Francis
Danny Williams (right) showed incredible courage
Danny Williams added the British heavyweight title to his Commonwealth belt after a stunning knock-out over unknown Mark Potter.

The victory was a study in courage, with Williams a one-armed fighter after dislocating his right shoulder for the second time during the six round fight.

With the end seemingly seconds away for Williams, he produced a stunning left uppercut which effectively ended the contest.

Potter fell heavily on his back but managed to rise at the count of nine. But despite only having to defend himself against a one-armed fighter, he was felled twice more before referee John Coyle waved the fight off.


It was an incredible end to a fascinating bout. Potter, a huge underdog after accepting the bout on less than a week's notice, appeared to floor his man within the first 20 seconds, only for referee Coyle to call it a slip. At the start of the second round, Potter himself slipped to the canvas and looked annoyed to find the referee call it a knockdown.

Williams was penalised three points for low blows during the bout and appeared to dislocate his shoulder in the third round.

But faced with the choice of carrying on or understandibly quitting, Williams gritted his teeth and took the hard route. He deservedly reaped the rewards.

In other action on the bill at Wembley, Ricky Hatton captured the British light-welterweight title after 12 bruising and brutal rounds with Norwich's Jon Thaxton.

The unbeaten Hatton suffered a nasty cut by his left eye in the first round but showed sublime skills in outboxing and outpunching his more experienced opponent.

The Mancunian seemed on the verge of stopping Thaxton on several occasions but the bout went the distance, Hatton taking the belt on referee Paul Thomas' scorecard by four rounds.

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