INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- J.B. Williamson, the new World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion, vows to be a fighting champion.
'I don't want to sit on my belt,' Williamson said after he denied Prince Mohammed a crown Tuesday night and captured the vacant title with a 12-round unanimous decision. 'I want to give all of those guys out there a chance to take my title from me.'
Neither fighter was in trouble as he went after the championship Michael Spinks gave up following his heavyweight victory over Larry Holmes.
'I've been a champion and a winner all my life,' said Williamson, a former Marine who fought in trunks adorned with the American flag. 'Nothing has changed.'
The new champion said his next opponent would be either Eddie Mustafa, David Sears or Marvin Johnson.
Mohammed, a prince of the Daguma Tribe in Ghana who was ranked No. 2 by the WBC, fell to 32-2-2.
'I didn't see what I wanted to see in the ring,' said Mohammed. 'Williamson had pretty dirty tactics.'
Judge Dick Young scored it 116-112 while Marty Sammon and Dr. James Jin Kin each had it 117-111.
'I thought he would put up a better fight than he did,' Williamson said.
Williamson, who trained in the same Los Angeles gym as Mohammed and entered as the No. 3-ranked WBC light heavyweight, continually forced the action in improving to 22-1. Confident he could not be hurt, the ex-Marine, who weighed 173 pounds, bore in and had Mohammed back-pedalling.
'I didn't plan any particular tactic,' said the new champion. 'I just fought the way I always have. I felt good all the way through. My conditioning was good.'
In the fifth round when the crowd at the Forum yelled for more action, Williamson showboated and connected with a flurry in a neutral corner. Mohammed survived, but the jab that gave him a title shot was not evident.
Mohammad, who weighed 171 , was forced back again in the eighth round, then tried to be more aggressive in the ninth before Williamson came on again with jabs and straight hands.
'I did not run out of gas,' said Mohammed, who came to the United States in 1979 and who claims to have 34 brothers and sisters. 'It was just a different kind of fight than I expected.'
Williamson, nearly unbeatable as an amateur with a 150-7 record, earned $45,000 as did Mohammed.