Former NABF heavyweight champion DaVarryl Williamson, left, working with the youth in Englewood, CO (Photo: Hustle Boss)
By Chris Robinson
As a fighter, Davarryl Williamson brought a lot of thrills into the boxing ring.
Williamson was an accomplished all-around athlete as a youth, garnering football scholarships to Rochester Community College in Minnesota, and later to Wayne State College in Nebraska, where he graduated in 1993.
But it was the sport of boxing that became Williamson’s eventual calling. Williamson took up the sport as a late bloomer at the age of 25, yet he was able to have great success, largely due to his crippling power. As an amateur, Williamson compiled an impressive record of 120 wins, 17 losses, and one draw.
Williamson was also an alternate the the 1996 US Olympic team, and was a National Golden Gloves champion at heavyweight in 1996 and 1999, amongst other accolades. During the amateurs, Williamson’s stablemate and good friend Lawrence Clay Bey nicknamed him “Touch of Sleep” due to his vaunted power, and the name stuck.
The Washington, D.C. native embarked on his professional journey in 2000, making his debut at the age of 32. Williamson would go on to compile a respectable 27-8 record with 23 knockouts, and there were many highs and lows along the way.
Williamson scored some big wins over the likes of Eliecer Castillo, Derrick Jefferson, Mike Mollo, and former champion Oliver McCall. He also gave his best in losing efforts vs. Wladimir Klitschko, Chris Byrd, Ray Austin, and Kali Meehan.
Williamson can now be found residing just outside of Denver, Colorado, as he spends his time training the youth while running his own personal gym, TOS Boxing.
At 6”3, Williamson still presents an imposing figure and looks to be in great shape. The commitment that he has towards training his crop of fighters is a testament to his love for a sport that he will always be connected to.
All throughout the gym you can see photos throughout Williamson’s career, including several of himself with his teammates from the 1996 Olympic class, including Floyd Mayweather, Zab Judah, Antonio Tarver, and others.
You can sense there is an inner peace with Williamson that comes from now being a trainer.
We were able to spend a few days inside of the TOS gym, and were able to capture some candid moments. Check below for a closer look and stay tuned in the coming days for exclusive video coverage from the TOS Boxing Gym.
Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com