LEGENDARY promoter Lou DiBella says veteran British boxer Danny Williams’ recent defeat at age 48 shows the “dark side” of the sport.
A clip recently emerged of the heavyweight fighting in Cologne, Germany.
He was stopped in the third round by 15-0 star Djuar El Scheich.
Williams, who famously knocked out Mike Tyson back in 2004, enjoyed a decent career back in his younger days.
But Hall of Famer DiBella, 61, lashed out on Twitter after watching the footage.
He wrote: “Danny Williams just keeps on suffering brain damage, caused by the callousness of boxing blood merchants, enabled by rogue commissions and irresponsible regulation.
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“This is the dark side of our sport and it’s f****** disgusting.”
Williams debuted way back in 1995 and remained unbeaten until he suffered a points defeat to Julian Francis in his 16th bout.
He held both the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles but was KO'd by Vitali Klitschko in 2004 when he got his shot at the WBC belt.
The Brixton-born star also made headlines for fighting with just one arm after dislocating his shoulder against Mark Potter in 2000 but still managing to win via KO.
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Williams announced in 2020 he had retired after losing to Sergey Kharitonov, with his opponent spotted pleading for the referee to stop the bout.
Fearing for his safety, fellow fighter Dave Allen said he would donate a percentage of his future fight purses to Williams if he stayed out of the ring following that sad sight.
And ex cruiserweight world champ Enzo Maccarinelli also claimed it was “horrible” to see him being allowed to compete in the ring.
He said: “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.”
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