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Titus Williams defends his title at Amateur Boxing Championships

Titus Williams, 22 of Elmont, left, throws a

Titus Williams, 22 of Elmont, left, throws a punch at opponent Ben Diaz in the second round of a boxing match during the Seventh Annual Long Island Amateur Boxing Championships at Gleason's Gym. (Aug. 11, 2012) Photo Credit: James Escher

Self discipline has taken Titus Williams a long way.

It has enabled the Elmont resident to withstand everything amateur boxing has thrown at him, including a busy fight schedule.

Williams has fought five times in the last two weeks. But that didn't deter him from successfully defending his 132-pound open championship against Ben Diaz Saturday night at the Long Island Amateur Boxing Championships at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn.

"We train for that every day," Williams said. "We try to get in the type of shape where you can fight five days in a row, because that's how you have to do it at the nationals."

Williams used his left jab to control the action.

"[The jab] was the plan because he's more of a novice type of fighter. Novice fighters are the most awkward fighters," Williams said. "I'd hit him with a one-two and he would come back with a lot of slaps."

Williams' strategy of jab and counter came to fruition in the second round as he landed a hard left that prompted the referee to issue a standing eight count on Diaz. "You have to pace yourself," Williams said. "You can't just go wild, because your body is not a machine."

So what's next?

"I want to learn the game before I make the jump to the pros" said Williams, a junior at SUNY Old Westbury. "A lot of guys think because they're killing it in the amateurs that they can jump to the pros. You have to learn the ropes first."

Pierro misses a chance. Alyssa Pierro was hoping to get a little redemption. The 13-year-old Bohemia resident was scheduled to fight Viviana Melgar in a 125-pound bout, but Melgar was disqualified for coming in overweight. The disappointment didn't do anything to diminish her affinity for the sport.

"I was looking forward to it," said Pierro, who was told the news two hours prior. "I was pretty bummed out, but things happen for a reason."

Pierro's coaches at Heavy Hitters Gym in Bohemia, Lance Holley and Tom Cirello, are convinced she has the potential to rise up the amateur ranks. "People need to see her fight," Holley said. "She's the real deal."

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