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Williams stopped Tyson to earn shot at title

10/14/2004

LONDON -- Danny Williams has earned a heavyweight title shot nearly three months after derailing Mike Tyson's comeback.

Williams' fight with World Boxing Council champion Vitali
Klitschko has been confirmed for Dec. 11 in New York. Williams stopped Tyson in the fourth round of their fight in Louisville on July 30.

"This is an unbelievable dream for me," Williams said Thursday
at a news conference announcing the fight to take place at Madison
Square Garden. "To fight in the place that has had so many great
fighters -- Ali, Dempsey. I'm going to make the most of it."

Klitschko won the WBC belt with a technical knockout of Corrie
Sanders in April.

"He has a strong chin and a big heart," Klitschko said of
Williams. "Many underestimated him against Tyson. He won't be easy
to beat."

Klitschko said he has a personal motivation to take on the
31-year-old challenger.

"Danny Williams destroyed my dreams of fighting Mike Tyson,"
he said. "I was disappointed he beat Tyson, but I was also very
impressed with his fighting."

Klitschko is 34-2 over an eight-year career. His last loss came
in June 2003, when a cut above his eye forced him out in a
championship bout with Lennox Lewis.

Lewis retired later that year but advised Klitschko's next
opponent, Sanders. Lewis also has worked with Williams.

"Lennox Lewis gives advice to these fighters from retirement
and then sends them to me," Klitschko said. "It didn't help
Corrie Sanders. Let's see if it helps Danny Williams, but I doubt
it."

Promoter Frank Warren said Williams has prepared well on his
own.

"Danny doesn't need Lennox Lewis' advice," Warren said.
"This is a huge, huge opportunity for him, and he has a chance to
shock the boxing world again."

Williams is 32-3 with 27 knockouts since turning pro in 1995.