Danial fights his way to the top

Muay thai fighter Danial Williams with his manager Parviz Iskenderov.
Muay thai fighter Danial Williams with his manager Parviz Iskenderov.

The Willetton resident said he started practising muay thai aged 11 and chose to concentrate on fighting at 17.

Williams’ big moment came in 2011 when he won the World Kickboxing Network (WKN) WA title at age 17.

He said he took up fighting with support from his father, but his mother was not a big fan.

‘I’m only a little dude so I wanted to be able to defend myself if I ever got in trouble,’ he said.

‘Dad got me into it and he really likes it, but mum worries about me, as mothers do.

‘Now I’m at the point where I don’t want to stop and just keep taking on more fights.’

Williams earned the World Kickboxing Association number one ranking for the super-flyweight division after he defeated Queensland’s Aaron Leigh in Brisbane mid last year.

In August, he will fight in Perth for the first time in two years to compete for the WKN title.

Williams juggles his time between fights and studying criminology at Murdoch University.

‘Right now fighting comes first, but next semester I want to take a break from it and focus on my studies,’ he said.

‘Criminology is my preparation for a more practical job in the future.

‘It is hard to make a living in muay thai.’

Williams trains at Kao Sok Gym in Canning Vale.