Liam Smith vs Liam Williams II
Former WBO Light Middleweight World Champion, Liverpool's Liam Smith, takes on rival, Welshman Liam Williams, in Newcastle, in a rematch, a sequel to a fight they had 7 months earlier, a fight resulted in Liam Smith winning with a controversial late stoppage, envolving terrible cuts, and a fighter, who was behind, being labelled as an illegitimate winner.
Smith and Williams are both cautious early on, as it seems to be a case of waiting for the opponent to make a mistake, Smith is the aggressor, Williams lands a couple of glancing blows more than his opponent, in a nothing round of an opener. Smith proves to be a more tricky target in round 2, as Williams struggles to find openings, and the Liverpudlian uses his jab well.
The contest becomes very interesting in rounds 3-5, as the fighters trade rounds by the reckoning of the commentators, and myself, Smith, using lateral movement, boxing well with straight shots, Williams, using his feet, landing some terrific uppercuts, along with some great hooks, appearing to hurt Smith in round 5.
By round 8, it looks as if Smith is taking over, gaining the upper hand, as he dominates stages of the rounds with his jab, wins the duration of the rounds, at times, outboxes a tiring Williams, and withstands what his opponent throws back at him.
Things look up for the Wales warrior in rounds 9 and 10, as he raises his work rate, and attacks Smith with great, unpredictable, frequent punches, standing and trading with his opponent, and landing with the harder, more regular punches.
When both fighters are tired, it is Smith who clings to the desire, has the ability to dig deeper, and take thr crucial rounds, as he outworks, outfights a brave Liam Williams, who has success, but fails to get the better of many exchanges. Smith clearly wins the last 2 rounds, the slightly fresher of the two, the fighter with more variety, more offenisve attributes, and the overall more experienced of the two.
Smith seems confident, whilst Williams seems dejected,as the scorecards are read out. Marcus McDonnell scores the fight a draw, perhaps generously to Williams, Phil Edwards scores the fight to Smith by a very wide margin of 6 points, giving Smith too much credit, and Dave Parris scores the fight wide for Smith, but not too wide, and not by a landslide margin, meaning Smith gets the win, via majority decision.
It is Smith who is declared the winner, it is Smith who earns the right to fight for the very title he lost to pound for pound superstar, Saul Alvarez, but Smith and Williams both do themselves proud with their dedication, best efforts in the ring, Smith commends the man he has defeated, is magnanimous in victory, Williams praises the who he has been defeated by, and is gracious in defeat, even admitting the judges awarded the fight to the rightful winner.