Phil Williams, a promising light heavyweight boxer from Minneapolis, is going into his upcoming tilt with Akinyemi Laleye of Lagos, Nigeria (February 1, 2008 at Grand Casino Hinckley) with an official professional record of 6-0 (6 kayos).
Williams, at 30 years old, is a little late getting into professional boxing, but he’s been trying to stay busy, fighting twice in the second half of 2006 and four times in 2007. In his brief professional career he has never failed to stop an opponent, which is a definite plus, and he has a good opponent lined up for Feb 1 – Laleye is a cruiserweight and carries a record of 7-1 (3 kayos) into this match. (Curiously, Boxrec.com’s page on Laleye shows a fight scheduled for February 9 against 12-0 Kevin Engel, but doesn’t mention Williams.) Fighting above one’s weight is risky business, of course, but it won’t be the first time for Williams – he defeated cruiserweight Ron Krull by KO last May.
Williams has padded his record so far, beating unknowns with a cumulative record of 10 wins and 40 losses. He is a native of Queens, New York but now calls Minneapolis his home. And he likes to be called Drill, as in Phil the Drill. Apart from that, little is known about Williams, but we’re sure to know a little more after the first of February.