Liam Williams (boxer)
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Born||26 May 1992|
Church Village, Wales
|Wins by KO||16|
Liam Williams (born 26 May 1992, in Church Village), is a Welsh professional light-middleweight boxer. As of April 2017[update], he held WBO European, British and Commonwealth titles in the super-welterweight/light-middleweight (154 lb) division. Now trained by Sheffield's Dominic Ingle.
In an amateur career which he claims began at age nine, Williams says he won 44 out of 49 fights, gaining many awards in Britain and Europe. "I won seven Welsh titles at all age levels, including the 2011 Senior ABAs when I was just 18. I beat Warren Sinden, who’s now a pro, by a wide points margin in the 75KG final."
Williams turned professional as a light middleweight in 2011. Aged 18, he won every round against the more experienced Ryan Clark and won the vacant Commonwealth light middleweight title in November 2014 with a 2nd-round-stoppage win over Michael Lomax. The following year, he added the vacant British national title by stopping Kris Carslaw in the second round of their bout at Manchester Arena.
Williams was controversially defeated by former WBO super-welterweight world champion Liam Smith on 8 April 2017 at the Manchester Arena. Owing to incorrect weight for the bout, Smith was ineligible to inherit the interim WBO super-welterweight world title (held by Canelo Álvarez who is moving to a higher weight and expected to vacate the title).
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- Bunce, Steve, Liam Williams and Gary Corcoran gave us a rare, genuine grudge match. The Independent, 19 July 2016
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- Rafael, Dan (24 March 2017). "Liam Smith and Liam Williams to fight for WBO interim junior middleweight title". ESPN. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
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