How ProBox fighter Williams went from 'Mad Myke' to 'Marvelous'

From 'Mad Myke' to marvelous — meet undefeated fighter Mykquan Williams, who will do battle against fellow unbeaten junior welterweight, Luis Feliciano, on Wednesday, January 17, on, live from the ProBox TV Events Center in Plant City, Florida. 

Williams, has a record of 19-0-2, with eight wins by way of knockout and is signed to Lou DiBella’s DiBella Promotions.

After headlining a card on ShoBox: The Next Generation in 2021 in which he defeated Yeis Gabriel Solano by way of unanimous decision, his career has slowed a bit. Williams was in a car accident a few weeks after the fight, and has fought mostly regionally until his last fight against Paulo Cesar Galdino, which was ruled a draw. 

“We [are] staying in the gym for opportunities like this,” said Williams. “ProBox TV has been doing wonderful things for boxing. Like I said about my opponent, he is a solid fighter, and I think two young guys like ourselves going at it will make a wonderful fight.”

“I had a car accident it was probably like two-to-three weeks after the ShoBox fight, I wasn’t at fault though it was the other party’s fault. I injured my wrist, so that kept me out of the ring for a little bit.” 

Yet, Williams who has trained with his coach Paul Chichon and has undergone signification transformation since he was the seven-year-old kid who first walked in the gym.

Williams was known for getting frustrated with sparring partners who would talk-trash and has even admitted at times he had to take walks to cool down after some heated sparring sessions, and thus earned the nickname ‘Mad Myke’ in the gym.

That was until one newspaper story. 

“When I was much, much younger, [my trainer] used to always say I would come into the gym looking angry, and not speak too much. He just would call me ‘Mad Myke.’”

“I believe I was already professional when I got the marvelous name. A writer put it out, he did a story on me, he put that out there, and … it kind of fit, so we ran with it.”

Williams, who is managed by Jackie Kallen, the legendary Detroit manager, was introduced to her during his amateur days. They kept a good relationship, and when he turned pro, she was brought on as the manager. Williams pro career is unusual as he turned pro when he was a junior in high school. Williams had seven pro fights before graduating high school. The decision was made after Williams and his team felt they had been wrong for after losing some competitive fights.

“I turned pro when I was a junior [in high school],” stated Williams. “I don’t feel that was anything too difficult. It was obviously a little different than the norm…I go to school, I go train, go home, repeat the process.”

“My team and I felt it was time for me to make that transition. A lot of BS within the amateurs on my end, not as a whole.”