Aberdeen Assassin Lee McAllister today revealed he suffered a serious shoulder injury just four rounds into his shock win over Danny Williams in a heavyweight bout.
McAllister, 35, stepped up five weights to face the man who knocked out Mike Tyson at the Beach Ballroom.
The Aberdonian gave more than four stone to the former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champ, 45, but secured the WBU belt with a 10th round stoppage.
McAllister also suffered a bad cut above his left eye in a clash of heads and was left with the eye heavily swollen.
Midway through the 10th Williams’ corner threw the towel in to stop the contest – with the former heavyweight world title contender announcing his retirement from boxing after the fight.
McAllister said: “My shoulder went after four rounds.
“The rotator cuff and AC (acromioclavicular) joint had been knackered for the last six weeks..
“I had been getting cortisone injections to try and do some sort of training.
“I was getting that snap off and then a left hook away, which seemed to be the shot.
“However, once my shoulder went I couldn’t get that shot.
“So by the time I was trying to lunge and get that right hand off I was struggling.
“I was getting in close because I needed to try and get in with the jab and feint with the left hook to hit him.”
This was an unlikely fight as McAllister had recently been operating at super-welterweight (11 stone) and had began his career at lightweight (nine stone nine lbs).
Williams had 39 knock-out wins at heavyweight. This bout had the potential to be dangerous for McAllister
The wonder remains at just how it was sanctioned.
McAllister won Commonwealth and WBU titles at light-weight and light-welter and moved up eight divisions.
He said: “I won the fight and proved everyone wrong.
“It was another thing to tick off my bucket list.
“I am the first person ever to step up from being lightweight world champion and go through all the weights and being heavyweight world champion.”
McAllister knocked 18st 6lbs Williams to the canvas in the first for a five count then had him down again in the third.
The game plan using the jab and following with quick combination raids when a gap opened worked for McAllister, who weighed in at 14st 10lbs.
Carrying an extra four stone, that began to tell in the second half of the bout. In the ninth McAllister’s eye was sliced open with a head knock.
However, in the 10th Williams’ was down on the canvas and his corner-man Marty Kayes threw in the towel.
McAllister will now return to his more natural weight.
He said: “My heavyweight days are done. I have done the Rocky story and made history.”
On the undercard Aberdeen’s Nathan Beattie suffered a broken hand in the first round but battled on to secure a 40-38 win over Michael Kelly.
The decision was wrongly given to Kelly following a mix up with the card.
Undefeated Nathan Decastro (Lincoln, England) secured a ridiculously easy win over the atrocious David Okai (Ghana), who looked like a fish out of water in the ring.
Decastro stopped Okai two minutes and 12 seconds into the first round to claim the super-middleweight PBC Commonwealth title.
Scotsman Leon Roberts (two wins, one loss) of Ayr beat Marty Kayes (six wins, 39 losses) of Northern Ireland (79-74) to claim the vacant PBC Silver Celtic welterweight title.
Ian Weaver (Bournemouth, England) secured another first round stoppage to take the PBC International super-lightweight title.
After one minute 49 seconds referee Lee Murtah stopped the contest following a barrage of shots to Michael Barnom (Ghana), who offered no defence.
Lee Kellett (England) beat Ryan Kirkpatrick (Ireland) 40-36.