Heavyweight boxing legend Danny Williams today warned he would knock Lee McAllister out in three rounds if they were to fight.
Aberdeen Assassin McAllister recently claimed in the Evening Express he would like to face a heavyweight like Williams after stepping up to the division in a one-off clash.
Williams, who knocked out former undisputed world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in four rounds in 2004, today responded.
The former world title contender warned McAllister of the dangers of stepping up to heavyweight division.
Weighing in at 18 stone 13lbs the former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion admits he is shocked McAllister would consider going against him and warned he would feel the weight of his punches.
The 44-year-old has racked up successive first-round stoppages in his last three fights.
He said: “If Lee McAllister wants to fight me it would be dangerous for him as heavyweights hit a lot harder and go in with more bodyshots.
“Lee McAllister was a really good lightweight and I have watched some of his fights in the past. He is a good fighter.
“However, he is a former lightweight and now wants to fight at heavyweight – I’m shocked.
“There is a reason we have weight divisions in boxing and I would show McAllister he should keep himself down to the lower weights.
“If he was to come up against me I would win easy, maybe a three-round win.
“McAllister has good footwork and has probably still got it but I would definitely see him off.”
Former two-weight Commonwealth and WBU champion McAllister, 36, stepped up to heavyweight at a few days’ notice to take on a fight against Lee Kellett.
He won the four rounder 39-37 on points in Ayr in April.
That win prompted McAllister to insist he would love to fight again at heavyweight and face a boxer like Williams. That boast reached the man who effectively ended Tyson’s career to set up a WBC world title fight against defending champion Vitali Klitschko which he lost in eight rounds in Las Vegas.
Williams said: “I know McAllister had one fight which he won against a very mediocre heavyweight … but I am a different kettle of fish.
“If we were ever to fight he would quickly see that.
“I am sitting at 18st 13lb so he would feel the weight of my punches when I hit him.
“It would be a mistake for him. My power, strength, speed are all coming back and I feel poor McAllister will be in trouble if we were ever to fight.”
The tale of the tape does not bode well for McAllister should he realise his wish of fighting Williams.
Prior to his recent dalliance with the heavy hitters McAllister’s previous fight was in winning PBC Commonwealth and International belts at super welterweight – 11 stone.
The Brixton Bomber towers in at six foot three and weighs nearly 19 stone. McAllister is five foot nine.
Williams said: “Fighting at heavyweight would be very tough for someone like McAllister because when you put on extra weight it is going to wear you out.
“It is like wearing a heavy rucksack as you carrying all that extra weight.
“He would have good footwork but heavyweight is the wrong weight class.”
From 2012 to 15 Williams suffered a career slump where he won just two of 17 fights.
However, he insists he is on an upward trajectory again and anyone, such as McAllister, picking him out as an easy heavyweight target are way off the mark.
He said: “McAllister is probably looking at the Danny Williams of the past and thinking he can take him. My performances had been very bad in previous years but this is the new Danny Williams now.
“I have got my strength back and am knocking people down during sparring in the gym now.
“I feel a totally different fighter. I was a shot fighter for many years but feel rejuvenated now.
“I don’t know what has changed but my sparring partners are saying I am back to the old Danny Williams.
“I can’t put my finger on it – it is from God.”
The Williams of old took the best Iron Mike Tyson could offer for two rounds before exploding in the fourth round with a succession of punches to stop the ring legend.
Reward was a title shot against Klitschko for the WBC title but he lost to a stoppage.
Williams is refreshingly honest when assessing that giant-killing of Tyson.
He said: “I said after the fight I beat a mike Tyson that was about 40%.
“I admit that if I fought a peak Tyson I would have lasted 10 or 12 seconds. He would have taken me out as he was an unbelievable fighter.”
Williams fought the best of his generation but does not rate the new breed of world heavyweight stars dominating the division.
He said: “Outside of Anthony Joshua and Deontay wilder there is a big gap. It is very poor.
“Even back in my day Wilder would never have been world champion.
“Tyson would have knocked him out, Lennox Lewis, Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield would all have destroyed him.
“Wilder would not be world champion back then but I suppose that is the way things have changed.”