BOXING - Williams guarantees medal with quarter-final stoppage - The Leamington Observer

BOXING - Williams guarantees medal with quarter-final stoppage

Leamington Editorial 5th Aug, 2022   0

LEWIS Williams has guaranteed himself a bronze medal, at the very least, at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games after winning by stoppage in his quarter-final bout.

Williams made light work of Papua New Guinea’s Arthur Lavalou to win after just one minute and 36 seconds in the first round.

The Leamington fighter will meet Australian Edgardo Coumi in the semi-finals with the bout scheduled for 5pm on Saturday, August 7.

Williams said: “It’s definitely nice to get the work done early. It just keeps you away from the stuff you’ve got to avoid in tournament boxing, cuts and bruises.

“Against a smaller fighter, there’s always head collisions for myself.”

Should Williams progress, he will box either Duken Tutakitoa-Williams (Niue) or Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali (Samoa) in the gold medal bout at 4.45pm on Sunday, August 8.

The Leamington man is determined to win gold and believes the home crowd can help him on his way to victory for Team England.

Williams added: “I want to change the colour of the medal. I’m pleased to have one already but I’m not at the same time.

“The home crowd can definitely give me the edge to get gold. It’s a right motivator walking out in front of that crowd with people cheering you on, it’s quality.”

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