CS: Where are you from?
TW: Los Angeles... West L.A. but I train in Van Nuys now.
CS: When did you first start fighting?
TW: I was 8 years old. I had around 60 amateur fights (only 6 losses), but most of them were before I got into high school. Then I stopped boxing altogether.
CS: When did you come back?
TW: I was 21, and had maybe 6-8 more fights, tops. I went into the golden gloves, then decided to turn pro.
CS: You’ve had a lot of gaps in activity for a fighter with only 6 fights. What led to that?
TW: I had to work. I was working 10 hour days as a forklift operator.
CS: But this will be your third fight in as many months.
TW: Exactly, and I hope to fight a couple more times before the end of the year.
CS: How is your support system different now?
TW: I have a backer in John White, and my trainer Shaheed Suluki. Also, my brother is a big part of my life and career, as is my wife.
CS: You just got married, too, right?
TW: Yes, and she supports me 100%. Both emotional, and cooking for me, etc. getting me ready for fights.
CS: What do you know about your opponent on Sept 20?
TW: Not much, but I know he started out as a unbeaten prospect, then had a losing streak.. so he’ll be trying to score the upset to get his career back on track.
CS: You have a 5-knockout streak going now. is that something you aim for?
TW: I’m enjoying it, but I always train for distance. If the knockouts keep coming.. that’s a blessing, but I’m ready to go the distance. I’m a boxer-puncher, and lately the fights have been going the way I want them to.
CS: Any tense moments yet?
TW: Just the nerves of the pro debut.. and pre-fight. With every fight, that gets easier, but I just try to overcome nerves prior to the fight. Once the bell rings, I’m fine.
CS: How soon can you see yourself in serious contention?
TW: About a year and a half.. Hopefully get to 10-0 by end of this year, and then 8 or 9 fights next year.
CS: Who have you been working with? Sparring partners?
TW: A lot of people, I go to ’Wild Card’ for sparring, too. Javier Molina, "Lucky Boy" (Wale Omatoso), Zach Wohlman, Mike Dallas Jr, Ty Barnett, and just my team: Matt and Jesse Villanueva, Ismail Sillakh...
CS: Can people follow you on social media?
TW: I know I need to get with the times (laughs), but I’ve been slow to do that... by the next interview, I’ll have all of that, but for now, no. I just want to thank Andy Price (former welterweight contender) for helping get me started, and him and Shaheed for believing in me, and knowing that I had something.
Terrell Williams takes on Las Vegas’ Lawrence Hughes (4-4-3 KOs) on September 20, 2012 at Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, CA.