Confident Jimmy Williams dedicating first title defense Tonight** to local child who died in tragic drowning
** THE FLOYD MAYWEATHER bout against MMA star Conor McGregor will be show live on Pay Per View from the Grand Ballroom at Foxwoods following the live CES Boxing event at The Premier Ballroom on Saturday, Aug. 26th, 2017.
setting his sights on becoming a world champion boxer nearly three and a half
years ago, Jimmy Williams has never had to look far for motivation.
As a college student in 2008, Williams learned of the tragic
passing of his mother, Belinda, found strangled to death behind an abandoned
building. The case remains unsolved to this day, but Williams, the reigning,
undefeated World Boxing Council U.S. Boxing Council Welterweight Champion out
of New Haven, Conn.
continues to fight in her memory, hoping one day to find the closure he's
sought for nearly a decade.
Williams' mother would've been proud; the 30-year-old
welterweight, a full-time truancy officer in West Haven whose wife is expecting
twins in October, boasts a 13-0-1 record as he prepares to defend his title for
the first time Saturday, Aug. 26th, 2017 at Foxwoods Resort Casino
against Bronx, N.Y., vet Issouf Kinda (18-4, 7 KOs) in the 10-round
main event, presented by Williams' long-time promoter, CES Boxing.
One week from Saturday, he'll have a second angel on
his shoulder when he climbs through the ropes. Williams is dedicating this
upcoming fight to the memory of the late Ben Callahan, a 10-year-old boy
from nearby Branford who drowned in a drainage pipe one month ago while swimming
with his two brothers in the Brandford
Williams is close with the family; the father, Dave
Callahan, is a personal trainer at Shoreline Athletics CrossFit in Branford,
where Williams works on his strength and conditioning. Through the years, Williams
formed a strong bond with Ben. They often worked out together when Williams was
"Great kid," Williams said. "You see the
faith of his family. I'm ready to go out here and be a warrior for myself and
show that I'll fight for anybody that's lost somebody."
As Williams prepares for the inevitable challenges of
fatherhood, it's impossible to not feel empathy for a family that suffered such
a tragic loss. Confident as ever, Williams knows he's in for the challenge of a
lifetime against the 22-fight vet Kinda, but promises to retain his title, even
as his challenger threatens to "bring the belt back to the Bronx