Liam Williams returns to winning ways with a knockout of late replacement Darryl Sharp

Liam Williams returns to winning ways with a knockout of late replacement Darryl Sharp

Clydach Vale’s Liam Williams (17-2-1, 12KO) returned to winning ways with a third round knockout of Manchester’s late replacement Darryl Sharp (5-33) on Sanigar Events’ show at the Ice Arena Wales.

Sharp, who is managed by Manchester’s former fighter Kieran Farrell, came to Cardiff having never been stopped in his 37-fight career. The super-middleweight stepped in on 24 hours’ notice after Czech Republic’s Anatoli Humanyan (7-3-1, 4KO), without warning, didn’t board his plane.

Liam Williams

Williams, who is trained and managed by Gary Lockett, came to the fight on the back of repeat defeats to former world champion Liam Smith. The first was controversial and the second was close but still, both were defeats and the Welshman was eager to put them behind him. It was also his first appearance in his home country for 17 months.

In Williams’ previous fights against southpaws, they haven’t lasted beyond the second round. Unlike most, ‘The Machine’ has always been unfazed by facing portsiders and it was clear to see as he commanded Sharp from corner to corner.

Liam Williams

The former British and Commonwealth champion landed several stingers to the body when Sharp was caught on the ropes, also finding room for short right hands down the middle. There wasn’t much to target as Sharp defended but Williams’ prominent pressure was forcing the visitor to think at all times.

In an attempt to bring Sharp’s guard south, Williams introduced jabs to the stomach in the second round and it further encouraged the Mancunian to retreat. A straight right hand scored seconds before the end of the second round and it troubled Sharp, who escaped to a neutral corner until the bell sounded.

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Williams was hardly a metre away from Sharp and the pressure took it’s toll halfway through the third round. Another crisp right hand jolted Sharp’s head backwards and referee Martin Williams was obliged to call a halt when Sharp couldn’t thwart the follow up attack.

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