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Two Feathers dusts off kickboxing champ in 1:23

Wally Petrovic had Johnny (Two Feathers) Williams well prepared for his title bout and it paid off. - Don Bodger
Wally Petrovic had Johnny (Two Feathers) Williams well prepared for his title bout and it paid off.
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Johnny (Two Feathers) Williams prepares himself for a fight as well as anyone.

And with Wally Petrovic in his corner, opponents taking Williams lightly are bound to take a hard fall. Suraj Bangarh of Victoria found that out the hard way when he lost his International Sport Kickboxing Association junior welterweight world kickboxing title to Williams, 26, at Pearkes Arena in Victoria.

Williams, 26, didn’t waste any time snatching the belt away from Bangarh, knocking him out just one minutes and 23 seconds into the first round. Bangarh won the world title a little more than a year ago.

“He was considered one of the best young champions, extremely talented,’’ said Petrovic.

“There was a lot of talking Johnny’s just going to be a stepping stone and it kind of lit the fire.’’

But Williams wasn’t the least bit intimidated or impressed.

Petrovic said Williams told him, “Pops, I promise you I’ll got out and try to take him out and that’s what he did. One punch changes your life.’’

Williams came out in aggressive fashion from the opening bell.

“I also knew the guy’s a slow starter,’’ said Petrovic. “He usually starts in the third round, picking it up. We caught him before he got to that point.’’

With Williams’ newest claim to fame, “I hope Cowichan will get behind Johnny a little more,’’ said Petrovic.

Williams’ story is well-known in the valley of how he overcame some personal hardships to become a top-notch fighter. “He climbed many hills before he got to the top of the mountain,’’ said Petrovic.

“I’m actually working on something. I want to do a big outdoor show next year.’’

That would involve packaging Williams on a card with famed female fighter Jeannine Garside. Stay tuned.

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