SHEFFIELD will be represented by just one fighter in the ABA senior semi finals after super-heavyweight hope Danny Williamson was beaten, yesterday.
St Vincent ABC fighter Williamson lost out unanimously to servicemen champion Antony Richardson at Gorton Leisure Centre, Manchester.
Richmond’s Williamson blasted his way into the quarter finals with a stoppage win last week at the same venue but could not repeat the feat against southpaw Richardson, who serves in the army.
Williamson was lagging behind going into the final round against the much more experienced Richardson but nearly scored another stunning win late on.
Trainer Paul Watson said: “He rocked him right to his socks in the last round with some big right hands but it wasn’t enough.
“He’s a bit gutted because he knows that he could have won but he will come back better from this. Danny has only had five bouts whereas the other kid has had over 50. It’s a brilliant experience for a novice to get.”
Way down the divisions and 48kg fighter Waleed Din will fight in the Northern semi on April 7, in Liverpool.
Sheffield Lane Top’s Din faces Dale Doody for a place in the prestigious final. Din has received a walkover into the semis and did not have to fight yesterday.
Doody, who fights out of Wednesbury ABC, was beaten in last year’s 48kg quarter by eventual champion Jack Bateson, who is now up at 51kg.
Should Din go on to make the final he will be in with a chance of becoming Sheffield’s first ABA champion since Liam Cameron won back in 2009. Doncaster’s Jason Cunningham won in 2011 for Hull club St Paul’s.