Published: December 11, 2004

Brave Danny Williams’ world heavyweight title dream ended in savage fashion in Las Vegas as the Brixton man was sent crashing to a bloody eighth-round defeat in a one-sided match with WBC champion Vitali Klitschko.

Referee Jay Nady waved the contest over one minute 26 seconds into the round after a booming right by the Ukrainian decked Williams for the fourth time.

But Williams could at least take great credit for battling on with a bad cut in the face of huge punishment.

Indeed, Williams had looked out for the count in the first round after being bundled to the canvas by two Klitschko lefts.

But the groggy challenger rose on the count of nine and bravely survived to the bell.

Troubled by a cut over his right eye, Williams was soon taking more punishment in round two.

He was wobbled by a left while his bid to continue plodding forward was repelled by Klitschko’s sharp left hands.

Nobody could question Williams’ resolve as a left to Klitschko’s body got his fans cheering early in the third.

But he hit the canvas for the second time from a right hand and was lucky the bell immediately followed when he rose at the count of six.

As his cut worsened in round four, Williams’ chances looked even bleaker, yet he reached the bell again to keep his hopes only just alive.

Williams exceeded expectation by edging into the second half of the fight despite Klitschko continuing to pick him off and worsen the damage around his eyes.

Nady took a close look at Williams in a seventh round in which he hit the canvas again when Klitschko helped him down after a missed swing.

It was finally all over in the eighth when Williams, still trying to go forward, was sent crashing to the canvas for the fourth time and was wisely prevented from continuing by Nady despite meeting the count at nine.

Source: Sporting life