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Williamson rebuilds career after Mesi loss

DaVarryl Williamson had reasons to retire at 36. Tim Graham reports on the heavyweight's improbable rise from the canvas.

Updated: May 9, 2005, 3:40 PM ET
By Tim Graham | Special to ESPN.com

Technically, he was about four feet off the ground.

But he might as well have been subterranean.

DaVarryl Williamson was laid out in the center of the ring, staring blankly at the underside of HSBC Arena's Jumbotron for about four minutes while medical personnel worked around him.

In a noteworthy fight between heavyweight prospects – the main event of a September 2003 HBO show – Williamson appeared scared stiff when he entered the ring and soon thereafter Joe Mesi rendered ...

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