BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Joseph Williams might be a late bloomer to boxing, but he showed some nice skills en route to a 165lb. open-semi final win over Daniel Frain at the New Jersey Golden Gloves tournament at Ike Williams Boxing Academy in Trenton, New Jersey Saturday.
Williams (Elite Heat) engaged from the opening bell and early on in the first round landed a couple of short rights that scored against Frain (Gladiator). The taller Williams would stalk Frain for the rest of the round and capped off the stanza with a couple of hooks to the head that could have been scored standing eight on several occasions.
In between rounds, Williams’ corner instructed him to get his left jab going and to follow it up with an over the top right because Frain was very stationary at times and was not moving his head.
Williams did exactly just that, as he doubled-up with his left jab and followed it up with a sharp straight overhead right that scored. He found another opening moments later, when he had Frain up against the ropes and instead of head hunting he went downstairs with some body shots.
“That is something I have to work on and also on my endurance, the better my endurance, the more sprints I run, the better I will be in shape,” said Williams.
Moore on the other hand was more content with clinching and grabbing throughout the round and seemed frustrated by the fact that Williams switched up from orthodox to southpaw several times.
“I switched up a couple of times and I think that confused him.”
In round three, Williams kept his distance and continued to stick with the jab, while Frain was lunging in with no success.
JMB scored all three rounds in favor of Williams who moves on to the finals April 25th in Jersey City, New Jersey.
“Better late then never,” concluded a smiling Williams, who at 27-years-old was competing in just his eighth amateur bout.