Lennie ‘the Lion’ Williams (b. 1944) was an excellent featherweight of the 1960s who was overshadowed by his outstanding Welsh contemporary, Howard Winstone.
After turning professional in 1961, the Maesteg man built an outstanding knock-out record as he won his first 28 bouts in a career that would burn short and bright.
Two 1963 stoppage defeats to Frankie Taylor hit ‘the Lion’s’ progress, but the Welshman was soon back to winning ways.
He was held to a draw in a 1965 bout with Brian Cartwright, but won a rematch, and when Williams finally secured the fight he was looking for – a 1966 shot at local rival Winstone – Taylor was still the only man to have beaten him.
Winstone’s British and European titles were on the line in a momentous night for Welsh boxing at Port Talbot’s Afan Lido. Williams started at a furious pace, but Winstone was simply too classy and stopped the brave young challenger in the eighth.
Although still only aged 22, it would be Williams’s last fight, and he retired with a record of 33 wins, three defeats and a draw, with 25 of his 33 victories coming by way of knock-out.