Lenny Daws confident of defending British light-welterweight crown

PUBLISHED: 16:20 07 July 2010 | UPDATED: 16:14 05 October 2010

Lenny Daws is the current British light-welterweight champion

Lenny Daws is the current British light-welterweight champion

East London-trained Lenny Daws believes his experience will be vital in his top of the bill British light-welterweight clash against Steve Williams at York Hall tomorrow (Friday)

East London-trained Lenny Daws believes his experience will be vital in his top of the bill British light-welterweight clash against Steve Williams at York Hall tomorrow (Friday).

The 31-year-old, who trains at the Real Fight Club in Shoreditch under trainer Robert McCracken, faces inexperienced Liverpudlian fighter Williams in the second defence of the belt.

"I've only seen his last fight when he won the British title, but he is a game fighter who likes to attack, is strong coming forward and does that have any obvious weaknesses" he told the Gazette.

"Of course it will be tough, but he has never done 12 championship rounds and that will work to my advantage.

"I believe that experience will be key and will be a massive factor in me winning the bout.

"I improve as the rounds go on and I could win by a late stoppage or even by points. I enjoy doing 12 rounds."

Many view this contest as a step back wards for the former ABA senior light-welterweight champion, to take on a fighter who has only fought in nine professional bouts, but Daws has a different perspective.

"It's a title fight, so of course it's big and yes he is inexperienced and some may see it as a drop down," he said.

"I don't agree, he's a dangerous fighter and I need to get some defences under my belt and I want to win the belt outright."

One more victory after Friday's clash will see him do just that and Daws believes he is in the shape needed to attain his goal.

"I've had a lot of hard sparring sessions and that along with all the hard work I have been doing in the gym means I am in superb shape," he said.

"I never have any trouble making weight and strangely enough as I have got older I'm finding it easier. My diet has been good, I feel great and cannot wait to get in the ring."

East London fighter George Hillyard is also on the bill and will face a selected opponent.

The 25-year-old turned professional in 2005 in what has been an up and down career to date.

Hillyard has fought 15 times in five years, with his best run coming two years ago when he won five bouts on the bounce, including a British masters light-middleweight title, when he outpointed Dave Wakefield over 10 rounds.

His overall record stands at 15 contests, nine wins, five defeats and a draw.

Clapton-trained Ted Bami also features and has a tough match against former Commonwealth light-middleweight champion Bradley Price, that is if the Welshman can trim down to welterweight.

Bami is a former European light-welterweight champion and beat Price on the one previous occasion they fought in 2002.

The James Cook-trained fighter stopped Price in the sixth round that day, a result which will be at the back of his mind when the two face-off this Friday.

Bami made his professional debut in 1998 and has a record of 26 wins, six defeat with 13 of his victories coming by way of knockout.

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