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Liam Smith claims majority decision victory in WBO super-middleweight eliminator rematch over Liam Williams

November 12, 2017 12:47 AM
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Liam Smith defeated Liam Williams for a second time in just over seven months after a majority decision win in their WBO world title eliminator at Newcastle's Metro Arena.

Former WBO light-middleweight champion Smith failed to make weight in their first bout earlier this year, but came away victorious after Williams was withdrawn at the end of the ninth round when a headbutt from the Liverpudlian, that was ruled an accidental clash of heads, opened a deep cut by his right eye.

Both fighters traded authority throughout the rematch, with the fifth round sparking some controversy as Smith landed a hook to the body of the Welshman when his opponent was in-between the ropes, while Williams caught Smith after the bell in the same round - with both men going unpunished.

Yet another accidental clash of heads between the pair - this time instigated by Williams - in the seventh round did not cause the damage it did in the first bout as both men pushed for an opening before the 25-year-old caught Smith with a flurry in the 10th.

The 29-year-old hit back with a stinging combination in the next to set up a grandstand finish, but neither fighter could land the knockout blow as the first judge called a 114-114 draw before the other two scored 116-112 and 117-111 in favour of Smith.

Victory for the Liverpudlian could set up a title shot with Miguel Cotto in 2018, while Williams has to bounce back from the second defeat of his career.


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