Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2019. 2:43 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Belizean boxer Max “Max Pain” Williams is headed to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, next month to represent Belize as he goes up against Mexican fighter David Guzman.
Williams, 32, has been involved in the sport of boxing since he was 16 years old and has an amateur record of 32 wins 4 losses. Williams has represented Belize at the Central American Games for Boxing and has brought home a bronze medal. He now seeks to advance his professional career, 4 wins – 3 losses, in the Welter Weight Division (147 pounds) with this upcoming bout on September 15.
Willimas told Breaking Belize News (BBN) that he is adhering to a strict training regiment, starting off his morning with a 10-mile run and rounding out his evenings with two hours of intense physical training. He also keeps a strict diet but says that his mental preparation is his true emphasis. While he has always been a fan of boxing and grew up watching fights on television, Williams says it was a Belizean fighter, Horace Cadle, that inspired him to actually get into the ring.
He stressed that the sport of boxing has positively impacted his life and has given him one of the greatest honors, a chance to be a symbol for the south side of Belize City.
“People always have a lot of negative things to say about the south side. So I try my best to be the best I can so that people can see that good comes from the south side,” Williams said. “And to the youths, I want to say that it’s up to you to be what you want to be. People will tell you all kinds of negative things, but it is really up to you.”
Jay Yesarau, Willaims’ manager/trainer, said that Williams will be fighting for four three-minute rounds, so his training regiment has him preparing for eight rounds.
“It’s not a championship bout, but you train for every fight as if it were,” Yesarau said. “So if he’s training for eight rounds, then he should have no problem getting through four.”
Yesarau, a former pro fighter himself, says that Wiliams’s record does not do credit to the athlete he has become and that he will continue working Williams to show just how great of a fighter he really is.
BBN joins with all Belizeans supporting Williams and wishes him success as he represents the country and the youths he hopes to inspire.
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