My home country of Wales always produces boxing talent. The small country of approximately 3 million, has given boxing some Great names like Jimmy Wilde, Freddie Welsh, Jim Driscoll and Joe Calzaghe, to name a few. The current crop is led by talented IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby. Several prospects hope to climb up the ranks and onto the current World scene. One boxer that is not too far away is Liam Williams, a product of the Rhondda Valley and protege of former middleweight World title challenger Gary Lockett.
2015 has been a bad year for the prospect, as a hand injury (that needed surgery) threatened to halt his boxing career. The 23-year-old kept faith and stayed fit and, thankfully, the surgery was a success.
Last night on Frank Warren’s “X-Mas Cracker” show, at the Manchester Arena, Lancashire, the boxer affectionately known as “dully” made his return on the undercard of Andy Lee vs Billy Joe Saunders. Fighting for the vacant BBBofC British super welterweight title, while also defending his Commonwealth belt – Liam Williams made short work of Paisley’s seasoned Kris Carslaw, needing just two rounds.
Liam showed his usual fast hands, in the first round, and a straight right pushed his opponent back to the ropes, where he followed up with a sharp left-hook. The Clydach Vale boxer was punching with authority and a combination – to head, then body put Carslaw down, near the end of the round. The Scot made it to the final bell but the end was coming.
A hard, orthodox jab to the point of the chin, sent Kris Carlaw down and referee Michael Alexander waved it off, after ten seconds of round two. To put the speed of the win into context, Carslaw had never been stopped in 27 fights and had taken the likes of Brian Rose and Michael Soro the full ten round distance. Soro, in particular, looks a real threat in the Middleweight division. Just over a year ago, Williams won the Commonwealth title, in quick fashion – stopping Michael Lomax in one round. When it comes to titles, he doesn’t hang around.
Liam Williams is back and now the British super welterweight champion. The speed of the result will gain attention and 2016 promises to be another good year for the duel champion. The main thing is that his boxing career, is now back in his hands.
Liam Williams remains undefeated at 13-0-1, 8 KOs while Kris Carslaw is now 22-6, 5 KOs.
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