Williams wins to set up Commonwealth title shot

Williams wins to set up Commonwealth title shot

Liam ‘The Machine’ Williams (11-0-1, 6KO) continued his impressive run of form with a dominant second round stoppage of Stepan Horvath (12-5, 4KO) at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. The Welshman will now box for the Commonwealth light-middleweight title on December 13th which has been vacated by Liverpool’s Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith. Williams’ displayed his typically diverse shot selection and the stoppage of Horvath is his third consecutive Technical Knockout since moving down to the 154lb weight category. The 22-year-old made his mark in the opener as he trapped Horvath on the ropes and almost dropped the visitor with a two fisted attack to the body. However, Williams appeared to smother his own work and momentarily get too close to Horvath as he attempted to follow up his attack. In the corner before the second round, Williams’ trainer and manager Gary Lockett instructed his charge to re-establish the jab and it paid off after 30 seconds of the second stanza. Williams threw two jabs, one upstairs and the second to the stomach of his opponent and when Horvath’s hands dropped, Williams whipped in a flush right cross. The shot caused Horvath, who has competed at super-middleweight, to stumble to the ropes and down where he was unable to beat the ten count of referee Mark Lyson. The knockout victory looks all the more impressive when comparing it to Horvath’s outings against top prospects Chris Eubank and Frank Buglioni, who stopped the Czech Republican in six and eight rounds, respectively. Williams has been made mandatory for Liam Smith’s British title by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) but it appears that he will go down a different route. Smith needs just one more successful defence of the Lord Lonsdale belt to own it forever and he’s now expected to vacate should he win it outright, leaving Williams to contest the vacant title in the new year.

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