Home Boxing News Liam Wilson outpoints Matias Rueda in a war, moves up world rankings

Liam Wilson outpoints Matias Rueda in a war, moves up world rankings

Liam Wilson. Photo credit: Getty Images

World-rated super featherweight Liam Wilson 11-1 (7) overcame a hand injury to outpoint Argentinean hard man Matias Rueda 37-2 (32) at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday night.

In a closely fought contest, both boxers landed solidly to the body and head. WBO number eight

Rueda kept up the pressure while Wilson looked to land power punches between his shots. But the 26-year-old Queenslander suffered a setback in the middle rounds when he suffered an injury to his left hand, rendering his vaunted left hook virtually useless.

Wilson switched to southpaw periodically through the back half of the fight to protect his hand but seemed to have more success from the orthodox stance.

When the 10 rounds concluded all three judges had the bout for Wilson with scores of 97-93, 96-94 and a much too wide 99-91.

It was the 34-year-old Rueda’s first loss in six year. His only previous defeat came against Oscar Valdez in a fight for the vacant WBO featherweight title.

After the fight Wilson admitted he had an off night.

“I couldn’t use my jab, couldn’t find my range. I felt uncoordinated,” Wilson said. “It was a rough night. I had to deal with this guy who’s a bloody big puncher and find a way to win… there’s some parts of the fight where I was like ‘fuck’. But I had to find a way to win.”

Currently ranked WBO number five and IBF number 15, Wilson is expected to move further up the rankings with this victory.

“It’s unbelievable [to move up the rankings],” he said. “I’ve been working very hard and my goal has always remained the same: to be world champion for all Australia, for my family, my kids and most of all my dad. And I’m working every day to make that become real.

“I want to get to America. Let it be known I’m coming for the best, slow and steady or whatever opportunities arrive, you guys know I won’t back down from a challenge. I’ll fight anyone, anywhere.”

Wilson was sensationally stopped by Filipino southpaw Joe Noynay 19-4-3 (8) in five rounds last July. But rather than accept the loss and move on, he demanded instant revenge. He pleaded with the Rose brothers of No Limit Boxing for a return bout and he got it in March of this year.

Wilson knocked out Noynay in two.

“I said to the Rose boys after I lost to Noynay, I said, ‘Listen boys, don’t give up on me,’” Wilson said.

“‘Give me the rematch.’

“I won the rematch, I came back tonight and beat this guy. I felt I could’ve done better but I came away with the win.

“I said to the boys, ‘Don’t give up on me.’ And they didn’t, so thank you so much.”