Danny Williams (boxer)

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Danny Williams
Statistics
Real name Daniel Williams
Nickname(s) The Brixton Bomber
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Reach 79 in (201 cm)
Nationality English
Born (1973-07-13) 13 July 1973 (age 41)
Brixton, London, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 70
Wins 46
Wins by KO 34
Losses 23
Draws 0
No contests 1

Danny Williams' (born 13 July 1973, London, England) is an English professional heavyweight boxer. As a professional boxer he is a former British and Commonwealth heavyweight title holder. Williams holds notable wins over Kali Meehan, Julius Francis, Michael Sprott, Mike Tyson, Audley Harrison, Matt Skelton and John McDermott.

Amateur career[edit]

As an amateur boxing out of the famous Lynn AC boxing gym in SE London, Williams learned his trade quickly, often sparring with the likes of clubmates Henry Akinwande and Derek Angol. In 1991 Williams won the PLA tournament and won a gold medal in Sardinia multination tournament and a gold medal in a Greek multinations tournament. In a Finland multinations in 1992 he won a bronze medal.

Williams won a bronze medal at the European Championships 1993 at heavyweight in the 91 kg/201 lbs limit and bronze at super heavyweight at the 1994 Commonwealth Games.[1] Williams also won a gold medal at the 1994 Liverpool multinations tournament. His amateur record was 29–6.

Professional career[edit]

Williams turned pro in 1995 knocking out Vance Ideans in two rounds. He fought routinely on Frank Warren undercards and compiled a 15–0 (12 knockouts) record. He is currently managed by London promoter Michael Helliet and is trained by Jim McDonagh.[2]

He took his first big step up in April 1999 to challenge Julius Francis for his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles. A hot favourite, Williams was outboxed and lost a points decision to the 34 year old veteran.

Francis would later vacate the Commonwealth title for a big money fight with Mike Tyson, and Williams won the title with a closely contested split decision over respected British contender (and former amateur clubmate) Harry Senior.

British and Commonwealth champion[edit]

In 2000 Williams put together four knockouts before fighting Mark Potter for the Commonwealth title and the vacant British title. In a dramatic fight, Williams suffered a grotesque dislocated right arm, yet very bravely fought on with one arm and knocked Potter out with a left uppercut.[3]

After an eight month layoff for surgery and recovery, Williams returned to bomb out Kali Meehan in 32 seconds,[4] then avenged his defeat to Francis, stopping the 36 year old on an eye injury in the 4th round.[5] Afterwards he was signed by Don King and ended 2001 knocking out US journeyman Shaun Robinson in two rounds on an undercard in America.[6] His tenure under King would prove to be uneventful, and he did not renew his contract at the end of 2002, a year that saw Williams retain his British and Commonwealth titles with a knockout of late sub Michael Sprott[7] and a points win over Keith Long. As this was Williams' third defence of the British title, he won the Lonsdale belt outright,[8] before dropping out of a fight in America with hard hitting South African southpaw Corrie Sanders, because it coincided with Ramadan.[citation needed]

European title shot[edit]

In February 2003 Williams travelled to Germany to fight the Turk Sinan Samil Sam for his European heavyweight title. A hot favourite, Williams was surprisingly dropped three times and stopped in six rounds.[9] In the UK, his local rivals Audley Harrison and Herbie Hide derided him in the press.

Williams returned with a fourth round stoppage of Australian Bob Mirovic to retain his Commonwealth title, then knocked out Michael Sprott in five rounds to defend his British & Commonwealth titles.

To begin 2004, Williams re-signed with Frank Warren then lost his British and Commonwealth in a third meeting with Michael Sprott via a disputed close points decision.

Tyson vs Williams[edit]

After two comeback knockout wins, Williams boxed former world champion Mike Tyson in Freedom Hall State Fairground, Louisville, Kentucky in July 2004. After staggering Williams numerous times in the first round, Tyson suffered ligament damage to his knee towards the end of the round, which hampered his ability to throw power punches. As Tyson began to tire in the fourth round, Williams threw a torrent of punches, forcing Tyson to go down. Tyson was counted out sitting with his back to the ropes and made no attempt to get to his feet while looking up at the referee.

WBC title shot[edit]

In December he finally challenged for a world heavyweight title, but Vitali Klitschko proved too much, as Williams was stopped in the 8th round.[10]

Return to domestic level[edit]

In December Williams regained his old Commonwealth belt by beating undefeated Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison by split decision. Williams retained the Commonwealth title with a controversial points win over undefeated Matt Skelton in March 2006. After beating Adnan Serin by a third round retirement, Williams lost His Commonwealth title by unanimous decision in a rematch with Skelton

In December 2006 when Skelton dropped out of a fight with Audley Harrison, Williams stepped in at a weeks notice. By his own admission he had been training for eight weeks for a fight with British champion Scott Gammer. Williams lost by T.K.O. in the 3rd round, suffering a broken nose.

In March 2007 Williams regained the British title in Wales with a 9th round knockout of Scott Gammer. Williams came in at the lightest he had been since his pro debut 16 stones 4 pounds {4 stones lighter than his previous fight} after training himself for the fight just with a piece of paper that contained a conditioning programme given to him by Joe Dunbar who had worked with Lennox Lewis.

After he had watched the tape of his fight with Gammer, Williams decided he would continue boxing and took a fight with 26–1 22 KOs Ukrainian prospect Oleg Platov. He came in again at 270 lbs. Both fighters were engaged in wild exchanges from the first bell on. The Ukrainian picked up a badly-bleeding cut above the left eye following an accidental headbutt in the second round and he continued to swing wild punches but not without taking some huge shots from Williams. After 2:15 in the fourth and with the cut getting worse, the referee waved the fight off. According to the rules of the IBF, it was declared a no contest. Sauerland managing director Chris Meyer defended the decision. "The rules are clear," he said. "We had an accidental headbutt and the referee, who consulted the doctor several times, ruled he could not continue to protect his health. Speaking exclusively to SecondsOut after the fight a disappointed Williams said: “He (Platov) was looking for a way out and he got it. He knew the rules and worked them. He was starting to tire and knew it was only a matter of time before I knocked him out. ...I found it slow in the early rounds but I when I got going I started to get on top. He knew I was gonna knock him out and he was looking for a way out. I’m not sure whether or not it was a punch or a head clash that cut him in the second round. It took be a little while to get going but I really enjoyed it, it was a great fight while it lasted. But he was looking for a way out. He kept falling to the floor and it was only a matter of time before I knocked him out.”[citation needed]

On 30 May 2008 Williams defeated unbeaten German, Konstantin Airich in a highly controversial fight. Williams had a total of 3 points deducted in rounds 2 and 5[11] creating a feeling afterwards that the referee was blatantly on the side of the German. In addition he was given 2 standing 8 counts by the referee in round 3 despite not actually being knocked down or touching the canvas, and was also counted after slipping in round 4.[12] After managing to fight back and score a knockdown himself in round 5, in the 6th round Williams unleashed a series of extremely punishing blows on his opponent sending him reeling across the ring. At this point Airich's promoter Ahmet Oner controversially ran over and rang the timekeeper's bell himself to end the round and save his fighter, even though there was still 1:28 left to go in the round.[13] Despite this confusion the fight continued after the shortened 6th round and after seeing his man absorb more heavy punishment in the next round Oner eventually threw in the towel handing Williams a 7th round TKO victory.

In the aftermath of the fight Williams was extremely critical of the performance of both the referee and fight promoters, and has called for the British Boxing Board of Control to conduct an immediate investigation into the fight.[14][15]

Williams faced John McDermott at Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham on 18 July 2008. Despite being deducted three points in rounds eleven and twelve, he defeated McDermott in a majority points decision.

Williams vs Sosnowski[edit]

He was due to face John McDermott in a rematch at York Hall on 8 November 2008, but McDermott withdrew due to a rib injury. Williams also faced a bout with Francois Botha on 30 November 2008 in Egypt.[16] Polish fighter Albert Sosnowski was called in as a late replacement for McDermott.

Williams suffered a shock defeat by 8th round TKO and as a result the Botha fight was called off. The McDermott rematch was finally arranged for the 2 May 2009 in a defence of the British Heavyweight Championship belt that Williams held. Williams won the match on split decision.

Prizefighter[edit]

Williams took part in the Prizefighter tournament on 2 October 2009. In the run up to the tournament Williams said he would knock out Audley Harrison and show himself as the best British heavyweight. In his first bout on the night, Carl Baker from Sheffield beat Williams on points after knocking him down twice in the opening round.

Williams vs Chisora[edit]

Williams defended his British title for a third and final time against Dereck Chisora on 15 May 2010. Williams lost by KO in round two. Before the fight he promised this would be his last fight, win or lose, but he has yet to announce his retirement. The fight was originally due to take place against Sam Sexton in February but was put back to May after Sexton injured his hand. Sexton withdrew from the fight again after his mother suffered a brain aneurysm and Chisora stepped in as a replacement.[17]

Comeback[edit]

Williams returned to boxing after nearly a year of inactivity with a 2nd round TKO victory over German journeyman Frank Kary Roth in Bielefeld on 5 March 2011. Williams was now being licensed to fight by the Baltic League of Professional Boxing, with the British Boxing Board of Control stating they had concerns about Williams's decline in ability to box. On 9 April, he scored his second KO win since his comeback. He won a 1 round KO against Hungarian Laszlo Toth. On 25 June Williams suffered a TKO defeat against Manuel Charr. The fight was controversially stopped in round 7 after a barrage from Williams was returned by a short flurry from Charr. It appeared that the referee stopped the fight in Charr's favour as soon as it looked like he may be in trouble.[18] He then won a SD against Alfred Cole on 3 September, in Sweden, Cole returning after two years away from the sport.

A fight with unbeaten Alexander Ustinov was set to take place in October 2011, but Williams withdrew due to a viral infection.[19] Williams fought the Norwegian heavyweight boxer Leif Olve Dolonen Larsen in Pabellon Municipal, Silla, Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain on Friday 2 December 2011. Williams was dropped several times by the former NFL footballer and the fight was stopped in the second round. Williams announced his retirement once again shortly afterwards,[20] but a return to boxing was scheduled against 0–3 middleweight Marvin Meyer, leading to various hoax articles claiming that Williams was moving down to middleweight. This fight never happened, and neither did a rematch with Zoltan Petranyi for the Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) European title, which was called off on the day of the fight after Williams was cut when he fell over in the shower. The two fighters entered the ring on fight night to apologise to the crowd for the incident. A second rescheduling of the fight, which had already been postponed from 2011 due to "personal problems" for Williams,[21] was promised but has yet to be scheduled.[22]

Williams had two unsuccessful title challenges in September 2012, being outpointed in Finland by Janne Katajisto for the obscure Baltic Boxing Union belt and then being stopped in the 4th round against Christian Hammer in a WBO European heavyweight title fight. Williams refused to take a drugs test after the fight, claiming there was no point as he was going to retire, and that he was shot.[23]

Just days after announcing yet another retirement, Williams called out Mark Potter for a rematch of their famous clash in 2000 when Williams knocked out Potter despite having a dislocated shoulder. Potter responded saying he was very keen on the fight. The fight is likely to be unlicensed as Potter's BBBofC license was taken away after suffering a detached retina, while the BBBofC have already announced their reservations against licensing Williams.[24] Williams later claimed he had been told to call out Potter on camera, and that he was not being serious.

Once again, Williams's retirement proved to be short-lived as he fought Denis Bakhtov in Podolsk, Russia on 8 December 2012, losing by unanimous decision over 10 rounds. 13 days later his career hit a new low as he was outpointed by 12–19–1 journeyman Werner Kreiskott over 8 rounds. The contest was unsanctioned due to Williams's refusal to take a drugs test after the Hammer fight preventing him from being sanctioned in Germany. In March 2013 he was stopped in round 2 by inexperienced cruiserweight Mairis Briedis in Riga, Latvia. This fight was also unsanctioned. Danny fought Kelvin Price on the 18th of May 2013 losing a conversational decision in Russia. He then went on to fight English hard man Dominic Negus in an unlicensed fight in London, England as a farewell to his fans, stopping Negus in the 4th round.

Championships[edit]

  • 2x British Heavyweight Champion (Outright Winner)
  • 2x Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion
  • WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion
  • WBU Championship

Islam and personal life[edit]

Danny Williams's parents are both originally from the Caribbean island of Jamaica. Williams is a devout Muslim and was first drawn to Islam while abroad, "I went to Turkey and heard the Adhan" he explained. "I was a Christian at the time and I got goose bumps and carried on looking into Islam and I just felt this was the way of life for me and this was the way of life for God."[25]

Professional boxing record[edit]

46 Wins (35 knockouts, 11 decisions), 23 Losses (11 knockouts, 12 decisions), 0 Draws, 1 No Contest[26]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
N/A N/A Sweden Adrian Granat N/A - (6) 2014-10-31 Germany Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen
Loss 46–23
1 NC
Russia Pavel Doroshilov UD 6 (6) 2014-08-09 Russia Open Air Bike Show, Sevastopol, Russia
Loss 46–22
1 NC
Czech Republic Frantisek Kynkal UD 4 (4) 2014-05-31 Czech Republic Hospudka Eden, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
Win 46–21
1 NC
Czech Republic Martin Stensky TKO 1 (4) 2014-05-24 Czech Republic Restaurace u Trumpetky, Louny, Czech Republic
Loss 45–21
1 NC
Poland Andrzej Wawrzyk TKO 1 (8) 2014-02-01 Poland Okraglak Halle, Opole, Poland
Loss 45–20
1 NC
Czech Republic Tomáš Mrázek SD 6 (6) 2013-12-30 Czech Republic Lucerna Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
Win 45–19
1 NC
Egypt Mazur Ali TKO 6 (10) 2013-12-19 United Arab Emirates Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 44–19
1 NC
Russia Oleg Maskaev UD 10 (10) 2013-11-04 Russia Basket Hall, Krasnodar, Russia
Loss 44–18
1 NC
Poland Marcin Rekowski TKO 4 (8) 2013-08-23 Romania Galați Skating Rink, Galați, Galați County, Romania
Loss 44–17
1 NC
United States Kelvin Price UD 10 (10) 2013-05-18 Russia Yunost, Klimovsk, Russia
Loss 44–16
1 NC
Latvia Mairis Briedis TKO 2 (6) 2013-03-23 Latvia Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia
Loss 44–15
1 NC
Germany Werner Kreiskott UD 8 (8) 2012-12-21 Germany Maritim Hotel, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Loss 44–14
1 NC
Russia Denis Bakhtov UD 10 (10) 2012-12-08 Russia Sports Service, Podolsk, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Loss 44–13
1 NC
Romania Christian Hammer TKO 4 (12) 2012-09-28 Germany Sparkassen-Arena, Goettingen, Niedersachsen, Germany For vacant WBO European heavyweight title.
Loss 44–12
1 NC
Finland Janne Katajisto UD 8 (8) 2012-09-08 Finland Night Club HulluPullo, Vaasa, Finland For Baltic Boxing Union heavyweight title.
Loss 44–11
1 NC
Norway Leif Larsen TKO 2 (8) 2011-12-02 Spain Pabellon Municipal, Silla, Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain
Win 44–10
1 NC
United States Alfred Cole SD 6 (6) 2011-09-03 Sweden Karlstad CCC, Karlstad, Sweden
Loss 43–10
1 NC
Syria Manuel Charr TKO 7 (10) 2011-06-25 Germany Lanxess-Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 43–9
1 NC
Hungary Laszlo Toth KO 1 (10)
N/A
2011-04-09 Germany Class, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Win 42–9
1 NC
Germany Frank Kary Roth TKO 2 (6)
1:25
2011-03-05 Germany Sportpalast, Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Loss 41–9
1 NC
England Dereck Chisora TKO 2 (12)
1:41
2010-05-15 England Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, London, England Lost British heavyweight title.
Loss 41–8
1 NC
England Carl Baker UD 3 (3) 2009-10-02 England ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, England 'Prizefighter' Heavyweight Tournament Quarter-Final.
Win 41–7
1 NC
England John McDermott SD 12 (12) 2009-05-02 England Crowtree Leisure Centre, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England Retained British heavyweight title.
Loss 40–7
1 NC
Poland Albert Sosnowski TKO 8 (10)
1:17
2008-11-08 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win 40–6
1 NC
England John McDermott MD 12 (12) 2008-07-18 England Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex, England Retained British heavyweight title.
Win 39–6
1 NC
Germany Konstantin Airich TKO 7 (8)
3:00
2008-05-30 Spain Pabellon Lasesarre, Baracaldo, País Vasco, Spain
Win 38–6
1 NC
United States Marcus McGee UD 6 (6) 2008-04-12 United States St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida, United States
NC 37–6
1 NC
Ukraine Oleg Platov ND 4 (12) 2007-12-08 Switzerland St. Jakob Halle, Basel, Switzerland For IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title.
Win 37–6 Wales Scott Gammer KO 9 (12)
1:58
2007-03-02 Wales Neath Sports Centre, Neath, Wales Won British heavyweight title.
Loss 36–6 England Audley Harrison TKO 3 (12)
2:32
2006-12-09 England ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, England
Loss 36–5 England Matt Skelton UD 12 (12) 2006-07-08 Wales Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales Lost Commonwealth heavyweight title.
Win 36–4 Turkey Adnan Serin RTD 3 (10) 2006-05-20 United Kingdom Kings Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 35–4 England Matt Skelton SD 12 (12) 2006-02-25 England ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, England Retained Commonwealth heavyweight title.
Win 34–4 England Audley Harrison SD 12 (12) 2005-12-10 England ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, England Won vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title.
Win 33–4 Hungary Zoltan Petranyi TKO 3 (8)
1:24
2005-06-04 England M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, England
Loss 32–4 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko TKO 8 (12)
1:26
2004-12-11 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For WBC heavyweight title.
Win 32–3 United States Mike Tyson KO 4 (10)
2:51
2004-07-30 United States Freedom Hall State Fairgrounds, Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Win 31–3 Ivory Coast Augustin N'Gou TKO 3 (12) 2004-05-13 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win 30–3 Montenegro Ratko Draskovic TKO 1 (8) 2004-04-01 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Loss 29–3 England Michael Sprott PTS 12 (12) 2004-01-24 England Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England Lost British & Commonwealth heavyweight titles.
Win 29–2 England Michael Sprott TKO 5 (12) 2003-09-26 England Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, Berkshire, England Retained British & Commonwealth heavyweight titles.
Win 28–2 Australia Bob Mirovic TKO 4 (12)
2:33
2003-04-26 England Fountain Leisure Centre, Brentford, London, England Retained Commonwealth heavyweight title.
Loss 27–2 Turkey Sinan Samil Sam TKO 6 (12)
2:56
2003-02-08 Germany Estrel Convention Center, Neukoelln, Berlin, Germany For European heavyweight title.
Win 27–1 England Keith Long PTS 12 (12) 2002-09-17 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England Retained British & Commonwealth heavyweight titles.
Win 26–1 England Michael Sprott TKO 7 (12) 2002-02-12 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England Retained British & Commonwealth heavyweight titles.
Win 25–1 United States Shawn Robinson TKO 2 (8)
2:21
2001-12-15 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 24–1 England Julius Francis TKO 4 (12)
2:15
2001-07-28 England Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England Retained British & Commonwealth heavyweight titles.
Win 23–1 Australia Kali Meehan TKO 1 (12)
0:32
2001-06-09 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England Retained Commonwealth heavyweight title.
Win 22–1 England Mark Potter TKO 6 (12)
2:41
2000-10-21 England Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England Won vacant British & retained Commonwealth heavyweight titles.
Win 21–1 United States Quinn Navarre TKO 6 (8) 2000-09-23 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win 20–1 England Craig Bowen-Price KO 1 (8)
2:13
2000-06-24 Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
Win 19–1 England Michael Murray KO 6 (10) 2000-05-06 Germany Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
Win 18–1 South Africa Anton Nel KO 5 (8)
2:29
2000-02-19 England Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex, England
Win 17–1 England Harry Senior PTS 12 (12) 1999-12-18 England Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London, England Won vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title.
Win 16–1 Hungary Ferenc Deak KO 1 (8) 1999-10-02 Belgium Namur, Namur, Belgium
Loss 15–1 England Julius Francis PTS 12 (12) 1999-04-03 England Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England For British & Commonwealth heavyweight titles.
Win 15–0 France Antoine Palatis UD 12 (12) 1998-10-10 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title.
Win 14–0 Argentina Juan Antonio Diaz KO 3 (8) 1998-05-16 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win 13–0 England Shane Woollas TKO 2 (8) 1998-02-21 United Kingdom Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 12–0 United States Derek Amos TKO 4 (8) 1997-12-19 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win 11–0 United States Bruce Douglas TKO 2 (8) 1997-11-15 England Whitchurch Leisure Centre, Bristol, Avon, England
Win 10–0 England Roger McKenzie TKO 2 (8) 1997-07-19 England Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, England
Win 9–0 England Albert Call TKO 4 (6) 1997-05-03 England Nynex Arena, Manchester, England
Win 8–0 England Shane Woollas KO 2 (6) 1997-02-08 England New London Arena, Millwall, London, England
Win 7–0 England Michael Murray TKO 1 (4) 1996-11-09 England Nynex Arena, Manchester, England
Win 6–0 England Andy Lambert TKO 2 (4) 1996-08-31 Republic of Ireland The Point, Dublin, Ireland
Win 5–0 England John Pierre PTS 4 (4) 1996-07-13 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win 4–0 United States James Wilder PTS 4 (4) 1996-03-09 Republic of Ireland Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Ireland
Win 3–0 England Alvin Miller TKO 1 (4) 1996-02-13 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win 2–0 England Joey Paladino TKO 1 (4) 1995-12-09 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win 1–0 England Vance Idiens KO 2 (4) 1995-10-21 England York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England Professional debut.

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External links[edit]

Vacant
Title last held by
Julius Francis
Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion
18 December 1999 – 24 January 2004
Succeeded by
Michael Sprott
Vacant
Title last held by
Michael Holden
British Heavyweight Champion
21 October 2000 – 24 January 2004
Vacant
Title last held by
Matt Skelton
Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion
10 December 2005 – 8 July 2006
Succeeded by
Matt Skelton
Preceded by
Scott Gammer
British Heavyweight Champion
22 March 2007 – 15 May 2010
Succeeded by
Dereck Chisora