LEWIS Williams won boxing gold for Team England at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games to claim the most prestigious honour of his career to date.
The Leamington fighter asserted his dominance in each of the three three-minute rounds at Birmingham’s NEC Arena to win by unanimous decision against Samoa’s Ato Plodzicki-Faoagal.
Williams said: “I’m glad I could win the gold for everyone and the team. That is the nature of the sport, everything is down to yourself.
“You just have to have confidence in yourself and be greedy. I would love to have the whole team winning gold but that is just the way it is.
“I felt good, I felt still had a few more levels to get to. I could have made it even easier by keeping up my range, using my feet some more.
“The Olympics are the aim. I’m building experience and then eventually taking it on to the pro game. I’m just going to keep learning and take it from there.”
In a close first round, Plodzicki-Faoagal started strongly before Williams began to land his jab and eventually took the round on all five of the scorecards.
And Williams claimed a similarly close second round as he landed the cleaner shots against his more experienced opponent.
The 6ft 7in heavyweight landed freely in the final round, which included a brutal right uppercut which lifted Plodzicki-Faoagal off his feet, to confirm his status as Commonwealth champion.
Williams cruised through to the gold medal bout after a dominant points win against Nazeer Khan (Pakistan) in the preliminary round before stopping Arthur Lavalou (Papua New Guinea) in the first round of their quarter-final bout.
And Williams then beat Edgardo Coumi (Australia) by unanimous decision to set up a showdown with Samoan Plodzicki-Faoagali.
Williams trains at Cleary’s Boxing Gym in Leamington and has ambitions of turning professional after the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER! 🥊
— England Boxing (@England_Boxing) August 7, 2022