Williams mandatory for Smith’s British title

Williams mandatory for Smith’s British title

Earlier today, Liam ‘The Machine’ Williams (10-0-1, 5KO) was made mandatory challenger to British champion Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith (17-0-1, 7KO). The British Boxing Board of Control have ordered for purse bids to be submitted by 8th October and the contest to take place by the end of January 2015. Rotherham’s Nav Mansouri was ordered to fight for Smith’s light-middleweight title but a back injury forced him to withdraw from the challenge in July and earlier this week, he withdrew for the second time leading to the loss of his mandatory position. Clydach Vale’s Williams put himself in to the picture to replace Mansouri with a stellar stoppage win over Manchester’s Ronnie Heffron in July. Despite being in his opponent’s backyard and boxing out of the away corner, the 22-year-old Welshman dominated the contest and forced his fellow prospect to retire on his stool after six rounds. Williams was Welsh boxing’s best kept secret until that night and on the same show, Smith defended his British title for the second time with a sixth round stoppage of late replacement Jason Welborn. Although Welborn began brightly, Smith stay composed and ended it with his trademark hooks to the body. If Williams defeats Smith, he will become the 41st Welshman to win a British title. Should that happen, the only two Welshmen to win a British title in fewer fights than Williams would be Johnny Owen and Robbie Regan, who won their titles in ten and eight fights, respectively.

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