By Josh Graham
Keen fisherman Lewis Williams insisted he is not feeling the pressure as he angles for boxing gold after breezing into the Commonwealth Games quarter final.
The Leamington heavyweight, 23, put on a show in front of his home crowd, rocking Pakistan’s Nazeer Ullah Khan en route to a comprehensive unanimous points victory at Birmingham’s NEC.
European bronze medallist Williams is the No.1 ranked fighter here and wants to stand on the top spot of the podium for Team England before setting his sights on representing Team GB at Paris 2024.
Williams said: “Usually there’s some nerves. I’ve got my home crowd here for a change. I didn't feel that as a pressure, I felt that as a bonus. It was a big push.
“It’s quality to have my family and friends here. In the local parks they have got screens with people watching.
“Everybody is supporting, everybody is watching, my phone is blowing up with people sending messages supporting me. It's just a bonus, isn’t it?
“I don’t feel any extra pressure being favourite, I’ve trained hard for it, and it should be deserved. The crowd was bigger than expected for my first bout and it will get noisier.
“I’m just feeling a push, it’s not pressure, it's just motivation. “
Standing at 6ft 6in tall, Williams towered over his 5ft 8in opponent and delivered some tasty shots to keep his fellow Midlanders entertained in the stands.
However, with Khan not afraid to storm headfirst into the centre of the ring, Williams admitted he had to have his wits about him to duck and weave and avoid any Games-ruining injuries.
He explained: “You’ve got to be cautious of the head and avoid cuts as we have so many more fights.
“This is something we’re learning with tournament fighting, you have to be careful with injuries, box clever, punch and not be punched.”
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