[INTERVIEW] Former Heavyweight Champions Ready to Join Mike Tyson's Legends League
Article by Rick Mohamed
When Mike Tyson fought Roy Jones Jr. to a draw in their exhibition match on Nov. 28, few knew that it was the potential beginning of what could be a huge “Blast from the Past”, if you will.
After the fight, Tyson announced that he was going to form an entire league of former fighters willing to turn back the hands of time and step into the ring with fellow boxing legends. Thus the Legends League was born.
Brawlers Sports’ CEO Rick Mohamed interviewed 2 of these potential “Leaguers”: Davarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson and Yahya (formerly Johnny) McClain.
Davarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson fought professionally from 2000-2014, compiling a solid record of 27-8, 23 KOs. He captured the WBC NABF/WBO Latino Heavyweight Titles when he defeated Eliesar Castillo by majority decision on 04/17/2004. He got the nickname “touch of sleep” due to his great knockout ability.
In addition, he was one of the most decorated and accomplished amateurs ever, prior to turning pro in 2000.
He is currently heavily involved in community affairs and is a great mentor for underprivileged youth.
Yahya McClain, born Johnny McClain III, is a former 3-time light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion. He won the WBC Continental Light Heavyweight Championship, then later won the WBU Cruiserweight championship twice. He is also the former boxing trainer and husband of Laila Ali, daughter of the GOAT, Muhammad Ali.