DaVarryl Williamson

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DaVarryl Williamson
Statistics
Real name DaVarryl Jerome Williamson
Nickname(s) Touch of Sleep
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Reach 80 in (203 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1968-07-25) July 25, 1968 (age 49)
Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 33
Wins 27
Wins by KO 23
Losses 6
Draws 0

DaVarryl Williamson (born July 25, 1968 as DaVarryl Jerome Williamson) is an American boxer originally from Washington, D.C., but later a resident of Aurora, Colorado. His ring nickname is "Touch of Sleep", he has a current professional record of 26-6, 22KO

Background[edit]

Williamson was raised in poverty in inner city Washington D.C.. He was born to a mother addicted to drugs and a criminal father, he spent his youth moving between foster homes and between schools until his father chose to resume contact at the age of 11.

Williamson showed athletic talents at high school in football and in basketball, in which he twice received all inter-high school Honors.[citation needed] He was given the opportunity to play football at Rochester Community & Technical College in Minnesota, and later at Wayne State College in Nebraska. Williamson quarterbacked the Wayne State Wildcats for two seasons, though he never started, leading to tryouts with the Indianapolis Colts (NFL) and the Arizona Rattlers (Arena Football).[citation needed] A self-proclaimed ‘jack of all trades’, Williamson would also fill in as team mascot on occasion, and could be spotted joining the ‘Yell Team’ from time to time.[citation needed]

Amateur career[edit]

Williamson finished his amateur career with a record of 120-17-1, 103 KOs, including victories over former Heavyweight Champion (WBO) Lamon Brewster and current top contender Monte Barrett. Failed tryouts with NFL teams led DaVarryl to try boxing.[citation needed] At the age of 25 he had his first match, after only two years he won a spot on the 1996 Olympic Team as the first alternate. While training for the Olympics, Williamson finished his master's degree at Northern Michigan University.

Professional career[edit]

Williamson turned professional in June 2000, in his run towards his title shot, Williamson was able to defeat Kevin McBride via TKO in the 5th, as well as Corey "T-Rex" Sanders, Oliver McCall, Derrick Jefferson, and Eliecer Castillo. He was also KO'd in the first round by Joe Mesi, and lost a disputed technical decision to Wladimir Klitschko.[citation needed]

The high-point of Williamson's successful run culminated with a title shot against IBF Heavyweight champion Chris Byrd in 2005. Byrd outpointed Williamson by unanimous decision. Following the fight it was revealed Williamson had postponed elbow surgery. Shortly thereafter, surgery conducted at the Steadman/Hawkins Group resulted in the removal of a mass of scar tissue. 15 “foreign bodies”, two bone spurs, and fluid in the joint were also removed during the two-hour surgery.

Williamson's shot at another title was derailed after being stopped in the sixth round in a bout against Kali Meehan in October 2007.[citation needed] Williamson was dropped by Meehan, but rose at the count of 8, the referee was willing to let Williamson continue, but the ringside doctor called a stop to the fight awarding Meehan a TKO victory.

Williamson returned with a second round knockout of Cerrone Fox on 9/18/08 at the Centro de Convenciones Figali in Panama City, Panama.

Williamson stopped Carl Davis in August 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. Davis was game, but Williamson sent him to the mat with a sweeping left hook in the fourth round. Davis took a knee early in the fifth following another right hand, before being floored with a picture-perfect right that caused the referee to halt the bout at 2:52 of the fifth round.

Williamson fought Ray Austin on October 31, 2009; in what was billed as a WBC Title Eliminator bout, Williamson was defeated by fourth round technical knockout after being sent to the canvas by Austin. Williamson got up, but the referee stopped it.

Personal[edit]

He is currently married to Shalifa; they have two children, Dantel and Alayana.

Career highlights[edit]

Amateur[edit]

1996 Olympic Trials Heavyweight

  • Defeated Harold Sconiers ko 1
  • Defeated David Washington ko
  • Lost to Nate Jones on points

1996 Challengers Olympics Heavyweight

1996 Olympics Heavyweight Box-Offs

1997 United States Heavyweight Championships

  • Defeated James Jackson ko 1
  • Defeated Terry Smith ko 2
  • Defeated Calvin Brock ko 3

1997 World Championships in Budapest (Heavyweight)

  • Defeated Garth da Silva (N-Z) on points
  • Lost to Mark Simmons] (Can) on points

1998 Tournament in Tampere, Finland (Heavyweight)

  • Defeated Kai Brankarr (Fin) tko 1

1998 United States Heavyweight Championships

  • Defeated Sam Sleezer tko 2
  • Defeated Kevin Montly ko 1
  • Defeated Stanley Mc Clain ko 3
  • Defeated Calvin Brock on points

1998 Goodwill Games (Heavyweight)

  • Defeated Mocerino ko 1
  • Defeated Kshinin ko 2
  • Lost to Félix Savón (Cub) ko 1

1999: United States Heavyweight Championships

1999: Golden Gloves (Heavyweight)

1999 Multi-National Tournament in Liverpool, England (Heavyweight:)

  • Defeated Kevin Evans (Gal) tko
  • Lost to Garth Da Silva (N-Z) on points

2000 Olympic Trials Heavyweight

2000 Challengers Round Olympic Trials Heavyweight

Accolades[edit]

  • Former NABF & WBO Latino American Heavyweight Champion. Ranked as high as #10 by the WBC, #6 by the WBO & #8 by the IBF.
  • National Golden Gloves Champion - 1996, 1999
  • United States National Heavyweight Champion – 1996 through 1998 (1st and only Heavyweight to ever accomplish this feat)
  • 10-Time National Amateur Boxing Champion
  • Goodwill Games Silver Medalist - 1998
  • U.S. Olympic Team - First Alternate - 1996
  • U.S. Olympic Festival Champion - 1995
  • American Boxing Classic Champion - 1995, 1996, 1999
  • National Police Athletic League Champion - 1999
  • Amateur Record: 120-17-1, 103 KO’s (88% KO rate)
  • His professional opponents have a combined record of 337-150-6

Facts[edit]

  • Former football quarterback at Wayne State College (1991–1993)
  • Tried out with the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts (1993)
  • Began boxing at 25 yrs old
  • Holds a master's degree
  • Has performed as a stand-up comic

Education[edit]

Professional boxing record[edit]

27 Wins (23 knockouts, 4 decisions), 7 Losses (5 knockouts, 2 decisions)[1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 19-2-1 United States Tony Grano KO 4 23/06/2012 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida WBC NABF Heavyweight Title. Williamson knocked out at 2:27 of the fourth round.
Win 19-2 United States Michael Marrone KO 7 23/04/2011 United States Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California Marrone knocked out at 2:30 of the seventh round.
Loss 27-4-4 United States Ray "The Rainman" Austin TKO 4 31/10/2009 United States Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada WBC World Heavyweight Title Eliminator. Referee stopped the bout at 2:37 of the fourth round.
Win 14-2 United States Carl "Iron Fist" Davis TKO 5 24/04/2009 United States Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri Referee stopped the bout at 2:52 of the fifth round.
Win 8-8 United States Cerrone Fox TKO 2 18/09/2008 Panama Figali Convention Center, Panama City
Loss 32-3 Australia Kali Meehan TKO 6 06/10/2007 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City WBO NABO Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at the end of the sixth round.
Win 10-9-1 United States Maurice Wheeler KO 3 06/07/2007 United States Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Florida Wheeler knocked out at 2:56 of the third round.
Win 15-0 United States Mike Mollo TKO 4 06/05/2006 United States DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the fourth round.
Loss 38-2-1 United States Chris Byrd UD 12 01/10/2005 United States Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada IBF World Heavyweight Title. 112-116, 113-115, 112-116.
Win 28-3-1 United States Derrick Jefferson TKO 2 30/04/2005 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City WBC Continental Americas/WBO NABO Heavyweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 2:41 of the second round.
Win 41-7 United States Oliver McCall UD 10 13/11/2004 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City 96-94, 96-94, 97-94.
Loss 42-3 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko TD 5 02/10/2004 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Bout was stopped due to an accidental headbut. 46-49, 48-47, 46-49.
Win 26-3-2 Cuba Elieser Castillo MD 12 17/04/2004 United States Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Florida WBC NABF/WBO Latino Heavyweight Titles. 115-111, 115-111, 113-113.
Win 8-3-1 United States Kendrick Releford TKO 9 17/01/2004 United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida Referee stopped the bout at 2:35 of the ninth round.
Loss 26-0 United States Joe Mesi KO 1 27/09/2003 United States HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York Williamson knocked out at 1:37 of the first round.
Win 17-1-1 United States Robert Wiggins UD 10 10/01/2003 United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut 94-93, 97-90, 96-91.
Win 23-6 United States Corey Sanders TKO 5 26/07/2002 United States Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia Referee stopped the bout at the end of the fifth round.
Win 22-5-2 United States Dale Crowe TKO 3 25/05/2002 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 2:26 of the third round.
Win 20-22-1 United States Abdul Muhaymin TKO 3 13/04/2002 United States Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia
Win 11-7 United States Ed White TKO 1 29/03/2002 United States Denver Coliseum, Denver, Colorado
Win 25-3-1 Republic of Ireland Kevin McBride TKO 5 18/01/2002 United States Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 2:48 of the fifth round.
Win 14-9-2 United States Harold Sconiers TKO 1 30/11/2001 United States Reno Hilton Casino Resort, Reno, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the first round.
Win 9-1 Belarus Andrei Kopilou TKO 3 16/11/2001 United States The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 1:56 of the third round.
Win 6-4-1 United States Derrick Ryals TKO 3 25/08/2001 United States Flamingo Hilton, Laughlin, Nevada
Win 8-1 United States Antuan Shazell TKO 2 04/08/2001 United States United Palace Theater, Washington Heights, New York
Win 7-5 United States Marvin Hunt TKO 1 21/07/2001 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 5-12 United States Antonio Colbert TKO 1 06/07/2001 United States Reno Hilton Casino Resort, Reno, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 2:00 of the first round.
Win 2-1 Jamaica Leroy Berbick TKO 2 25/05/2001 United States Norfolk, Virginia Referee stopped the bout at 2:19 of the second round.
Win 7-25-3 United States Bradley Rone UD 4 18/03/2001 United States Riviera Casino, Black Hawk, Colorado
Win 1-4-1 United States John Ray Lewis TKO 1 21/01/2001 United States Riviera Casino, Black Hawk, Colorado
Loss 9-8-1 United States Willie Chapman TKO 4 06/10/2000 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 4-18 United States Ronnie Smith RTD 2 24/08/2000 United States Coeur d'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho Smith retired at the end of the second round.
Win 4-2 United States Gregory Dial KO 2 04/08/2000 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Dial knocked out at 2:18 of the second round.
Win -- United States Paul Dowdy TKO 1 30/06/2000 United States Denver Coliseum, Denver, Colorado

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Preceded by
Lamon Brewster
United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
1996-1998
Succeeded by
Malik Scott