Steve Williams wants to put a forgetable year behind him against Darren Hamilton
Steve Williams will be looking to put a frustrating period behind him when he takes on British champion Darren Hamilton.
By Adam Norman: Twitter @SkySportsNorm
Last Updated: 29/01/13 1:13pm
Williams has been marking time since losing to Lenny Daws in his first tilt at the domestic light-welterweight strap with fights against Ashley Theophane and Hamilton falling through last year.
Hamilton stepped in at late notice to defeat Theophane after Williams had pulled out with a virus, before a clash with new champion Hamilton fell through.
Williams had a 'keep-busy' bout with seven-fight rookie Kirk Goodings in November but even that didn't go to plan with the Wallasey man taken to the scorecards.
"It was good to get the rounds in, the 12 rounds were a bonus but it was a poor performance," said the 28-year-old, who had only fought a total of 10 rounds in more than two years.
"I'd never seen him box and looking at his record he'd only fought journeymen so I think I underestimated him and thought I'd walk through him.
"After each round I'd sit down and think I'd get him next round, and it went the full 12 so really I should have changed my tactics a bit mid-fight.
"I thought I'd wear him down eventually with him stepping in at late notice but he got my respect by the end.
"I just need to move on from that. I had all sorts of injuries as well going into that fight, I couldn't run so it wasn't that bad a performance considering that.
"2012 was a frustrating year for me and I'm just looking forward to getting hold of the British title early on and hope to get more fights in."
Williams will challenge Hamilton in Liverpool on February 23 as part of the bill that sees the return of heavyweight David Price against Tony Thompson.