Williams wants his 'Hammer Time'

Danny Williams is determined that West Ham United fan Kevin 'The Hammer' Mitchell does not hog the limelight when the pair appear at the Boleyn Ground on 15 May.

The 'Brixton Bomber' - who once knocked out Mike Tyson in 2004 - will battle Sam Sexton for the Commonwealth Heavyweight title belt on Mitchell's undercard, but the 36-year-old insisted he would not be playing second fiddle to anyone.

While Mitchell, who will fight Australian Michael Katsidis for the WBO Interim World Lightweight Championship, will undoubtedly be the main attraction on the night, Williams is determined to take his share on what will be his farewell appearance before retirement.


"I've got my mojo back for this one. I've been taking some new supplements and I've been flying in training. I feel like a new man and everyone is going to see that on May 15. This fight is going to be my last one and I'm going to give it my all on the night.

"I've always wanted to be known as a courageous fighter like my hero Rocky Marciano, and I'll continue in that vein when I fight Sexton."

While Williams is in upbeat mood, Sexton, 25, is also confident of success.

"I'm glad Williams is saying he is back to his best because I've always wanted to beat the best of Danny. It will need to be some mojo to beat me, because the way I'm feeling right now there is no way that Danny can beat me.

"There will be no fairytale ending for him this time. I'm coming to take his title and send him into retirement by knocking him out."

Williams was not present when the 'Hammer Time' event was officially announced at a packed Boleyn Ground press conference last week, sparking speculation that he might withdraw. However, the boxer - who has compiled a 48-8-1 professional record - explained that he had been contemplating whether or not to take a European title shot against former Olympic champion Audley Harrison in early April.

"I got offered the fight, but I decided not to take it because it was only three weeks' notice. The defeat I suffered against Harrison [a three round TKO back in 2007] really hurt my pride, and I've always wanted revenge. I took that fight on five days' notice, but people don't remember that, only the fact I lost.

"I didn't think that three weeks was long enough to prepare for Harrison, and I didn't want the same thing to happen again, so I opted for Sexton instead."

Aside from Mitchell/Katsidis and Williams/Sexton, Hammer Time will also feature Olympic Gold medallist James DeGale fighting for the WBA International Super-Middleweight Championship, unbeaten heavyweight Derek Chisora and Olympic pugilists Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders.