Kendrick Williams’ first match as a professional boxer couldn’t have gone any better. The Shreveport native is now officailly 1-0 after a unimaous decision in his debut at Friday’s ShoBox event at the Stageworks of Louisiana.
Kendrick Williams said, “It always means well to get a win in your backyard, but we have a lot of work to do, back to the drawing board. I’m happy I got it for the people of Shreveport, and myself and my teammates.”
Making a debut in any sport can be nervewracking. Luckily for Williams, his debut came in front of the Shreveport faithful.”
Williams said, “It’s my home crowd. I hear people screaming my name as were fighting, and then the fighting stops, and people die down, and I’m like come on get up for me. So everybody is like OH!. Man it feels great.”
Williams has experience as a professional fighter, having competed in MMA and kickboxing. So, being in the ring wasn’t eye-opening, but there was still a learning curve.
Williams said, “I found out today that it’s kind of difficult. Sometimes I went into what they call a toplum, and in boxing it’s kind of illegal because you’re pulling down on the back of the head, but I did that a few times, and I was thinking about knees to the body, and I was like, ‘I can’t do it, I’ve got on shoes.’ But the shoes helped me to keep my feet on the floor.”
And while Williams is making his boxing debut at 34, he says the number isn’t as telling as it seems.
Williams said, “I’m an older guy, being 34, but I still feel youthful because I haven’t been fighting my whole life. So, I don’t have that many miles so to speak, but it feels great.”