Journeyman Phil Williams is looking forward to being in the home corner in April when he gets another, rare opportunity to fight in Swindon.
And his fight fans could be in for a glimpse of a “new-look” Phil Williams, who has revealed he is working towards eventually dropping down to the cruiserweight division later this year.
Williams’ boxing career is largely based “on the road”, a term to describe boxers who are paid to be opponents for up-and-coming prospects in the sport.
The last year has handed Williams lots of work in the heavyweight division but with more journeymen fighters entering his weight category this year, he expects to be less busy hence the decision to drop down to cruiserweight.
Fighting in Swindon though is something Williams is looking forward to and he is keen to bounce back from a disappointing draw back in December against Ferenc Zsalek – a fight he felt he had won.
“Boxing in Swindon doesn’t come around often to be honest, you are lucky if you get two, three shows a year,” said Williams.
“The fact that Mark (Neilson) and Paddy (Fitzpatrick) have interlinked to bring professional boxing back to Swindon gives us so much to look forward to.
“In a nutshell you have to look at like I didn’t lose, it wasn’t the best outcome but we learn from it. April we are winning, the work starts now, I’ve have got a massive camp, it is going to be a new me.”
On the decision to drop down to the cruiserweight division later this year, Williams said: “At some point this year you will hear that I’m going to move to the cruiserweight division, it’s a long way off yet because of the weight that I am at. I’ve had a chat with my manager and we’ve worked out that that is a good move.
“The heavyweight division is not overly massive and where I’ve gone on the road, I was privileged last year to get as many fights as I did, mainly because we didn’t duck anyone.
“The heavyweight division at that point didn’t have no people like myself who are ready to fight, so we got a lot of work. This year we have learned there are a few new bodies who have come through into the heavyweight game but also on the road. Without naming names, there have been one or two who have taken fights at what we would say is not worth it and rubbish money.
“Yet the cruiserweight division, we haven’t got any guys on the road and we have a much bigger league of fighters.
“It all starts now, diet, nutrition, training and just really putting the work in.”
Williams joins a host of Swindon boxers on the “Fight Town 1” card on April 27th which is promoted by Neilson Boxing in association with Paddy Fitzpatrick and Trifecta Boxing.
Co-hosting the card are Luke Watkins and Ryan Martin while fellow Swindon boxers Bec Connolly, Said Eltuyev, Sam Smith and Jensen Irving are also in action.
Tickets are now available and can be obtained from any of the boxers or via the Neilson Boxing website www.neilsonboxing.co.uk
Your Sport’s Steve Butt caught up with Phil Williams and you can watch the full interview below.