posted on May, 14 2004 @ 12:25 PM
Former British heavyweight champion Danny Williams claimed the WBU international title on Thursday with a comfortable win over Augustine N'Gou.
The Ivory Coast boxer quit at the end of round three, claiming he had an arm injury, although Williams was not convinced with his opponent's reason.
"As soon as I started to up the pace he didn't want to know," said Williams.
The Londoner could now fight Georgi Kandelaki for the lightly-regarded WBU version of the world heavyweight title.
N'Gou had a good record on paper with 20 victories from his previous 21 fights but nine of those had come in the Ivory Coast against nondescript
He had boxed only six rounds since October 2000, when he struggled to outpoint Blackpool journeyman Dave Clarke, winner of only four of his 24 fights,
at Wembley in his British debut last year.
After bloodying Williams' nose in the second round N'Gou's stamina looked decidedly questionable as he started to blow.
Williams stalked him, firing out the jab and catching the 6ft 8in, 18st 4lb Ivory Coast fighter with some hurtful left hooks.
N'Gou, with a reputation as a heavy puncher from his sparring sessions with some of Britain's top heavyweights, was always willing to fire back.
But when he returned to his corner at the end of the third round he indicated that he had injured his arm.
Williams was making his second appearance since losing his British and Commonwealth titles to Michael Sprott in January.
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