British hero who KOd Tyson and took on Klitschko retires at 47 amid health concerns

Danny Williams has retired from boxing at the age of 47 after concerns about his health following his recent fights.

The ‘Brixton Bomber’ knocked out Mike Tyson in 2004 in what was perhaps the biggest upset of the year, but has since fallen from those lofty heights.

Williams was stopped in the second round of his fight Sergey Kharitonov in Moscow on Friday night, his 20th defeat in the last decade.

British hero who KOd Tyson and took on Klitschko retires at 47 amid health concerns

British heavyweight hero Danny Williams has called time on his career at the age of 47

The fight, which saw a real bear used as a prop for the ring walk, was confirmed by the veteran to the Daily Mail as definitely being his last.

Kharitonov could be seen at points during the fight pleading with the referee to bring a halt to proceedings, in order to save Williams from taking further punishment.

This is not the first time Williams has discussed quitting the sport, citing his daughter’s school tuition fees as a reason for continuing to fight.

The British boxing community offered their support to the former world title contender, who admitted as far back as 2008 he was ‘shot’.

British hero who KOd Tyson and took on Klitschko retires at 47 amid health concerns

Williams faced WBC champion Vitali Klitschko in 2004 after knocking out Tyson

Former cruiserweight world champion Enzo Maccarinelli tweeted on Friday: “Horrible to see Danny Williams being allowed to step in the ring. He looks so weak and not mentally there compared to what he used to be, it’s a sad watch. Credit to Kharitonov for asking the ref to step in when he was hurt.”

While Dave Allen offered to donate a percentage of his future fight purses to Williams, if he stopped fighting.

He added: “Surely other people in boxing are seeing what’s happening to this man, others with more power and wealth than me, he shouldn’t be near a ring, he needs saving sooner than later, I’m willing to do whatever it takes after seeing his last fight really upset me so I hope this message don’t fall on deaf ears someone help me help him it’s so sad.”

Williams, who was denied a license by the British Boxing Board of Control, famously knocked out Mike Tyson in four rounds of a shock win in Kentucky.

It earned the former British and Commonwealth champion a shot at WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in December 2004, but it proved a step too far.

As he returned to domestic level, he confirmed for the first time he would retire in 2010 after getting knocked out in the second round of his British heavyweight title fight with Dereck Chisora at West Ham United’s Boleyn Ground.

British hero who KOd Tyson and took on Klitschko retires at 47 amid health concerns

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