Williams Ready For Major Push

unnamed (1)By Seamus McNally


Welsh junior middleweight star Liam Williams (14–0–1, 9 KOs) knows that big things await if he can shine in the homecoming defense of his British and Commonwealth belts against “Wembley Wildman” Gary Corcoran (15–0, 6 KOs) at Cardiff Ice Arena on July 16.
The 5’10” Rhondda hard man will be making a first defense of the British title he collected by wasting Paisley’s Kris Carslaw in just 190 seconds last December, and a second defense of the Commonwealth strap he earned by obliterating Chingford’s Michael Lomax 22 seconds quicker!
With the challenger rated fifth by the WBO and Williams listed at 13 by the same organization, the salivating showdown has an extra incentive for the fierce rivals.
“We’ve both got high rankings with the WBO and both know that the winner of this fight is likely to push on to big things quite soon, early 2017 or possibly even later this year. It could even be next,” says Williams who, like Corcoran, is undefeated in 15 fights.
First Williams must hurdle danger man Corcoran and he’ll certainly not struggle for motivation. The pair have engaged in a Twitter war and came perilously close to fisticuffs at a prickly press conference in Cardiff recently. Add the incentive of showcasing his wares before a Welsh audience for the first time in almost three years, plus the responsibility of providing the best possible future for daughter Myla who arrived in February, and you’re left with a maniac on a mission.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been more up for it,” Williams concedes.
“After I destroy Corcoran, there’s plenty of other worthy contenders to my belts such as Danny Butler, Jimmy Kelly, Nav (Mansouri), and Ahmet Patterson. I’ve no issue fighting any of those because I believe I’m better than all of them. I’m happy to face whoever the fans think will give them an exciting fight.

Liam Williams Defends Titles vs Nav Mansouri April 2


British and Commonwealth Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Williams will defend his titles against Nav Mansouri on Saturday 2nd April at the Harrow Leisure, exclusively live on BoxNation.

The power-punching Welshman headlines an quality-packed card that also features George Jupp defending his WBO Intercontinental Super-Featherweight title, the return of Frank Buglioni and Indian superstar Vijender Singh plus many more.

All-action Williams, 23, is a fast rising talent in the red-hot 154 pound division and has amassed a sizzling 13-0 record with 8 knockouts since turning professional in 2011.  

After destroying Michael Lomax in November 2014 inside a round to claim the Commonwealth title, he underwent hand surgery that took a year out of his career only to return in December last year and smash Kris Carslaw in two rounds to win the vacant British title.

He was set to meet Mansouri in a defence of his titles on the Terry Flanagan v Derry Mathews undercard on the original February 13th date in Liverpool, but had to withdraw after he was struck down with a viral infection.

Now Williams is fit and ready to return and is raring to continue his three fight knockout run and make Mounsouri his fourth.

“I’m ready to go and can’t wait,” Stormed Williams.

“After a great comeback against Carslaw I felt that I was on fire and ready to rip through anyone in the division starting with Mansouri but then I was hit with a virus, I was gutted, but you can’t look down and now I’m recovered and desperate to get back in the ring,”

“The rest after the hand surgery did me the world of good, although it was frustrating at the time, but I’m punching hard with total confidence and I’m not afraid to let go of my hands like I used to be in case I damaged them.  I’ve matured as well in the time out and mixed with my regained confidence I’m like a new fighter,”

“As I look at Mansouri, he’s a bit wild with a poor defence that I can exploit.  He’s not technically great, but he is tough and he’ll come and have a go, but I can see myself putting him to sleep when I land the first big shot.”

Chief support on the card sees Belvedere’s George Jupp, fresh from his massive upset of Mitchell Smith in December, make the first defence of his WBO Intercontinental Super-Featherweight title.

Former WBA World Super-Middleweight title challenger Frank Buglioni from Enfield returns to action for the first time since his brave attempt against Fedor Chudinov last September and begins a new campaign in the light-heavyweight division towards another world title shot.

Asian boxers are the new powerhouse in the sport and a strong contingent led by Indian superstar and Olympic Bronze Medalist Vijender Singh, plus hot Acton flyweight prospect Prince Patel, the professional debuts of amateur stars Sanjeev Sahota from Romford, and the Prince Naseem Hamed prodigy from Staines-upon-Thames Tony Bange.

Exciting Harrow welterweight prospect Jez Smith, younger brother of Mitchell, and rising West Ham super-lightweight talent Ben Smith complete the card.

Liam Williams Returns from a Year Hiatus on ‘X-Mas Cracker’


Welsh super-welterweight wonder Liam Williams returns from a year in the wilderness next month anxious to renew his rivalry with current WBO World Champion Liam Smith.

The 23 year old from Clydach Vale in the Rhondda Valley loomed as mandatory challenger when Scouser Smith reigned on the domestic throne earlier this year but hand injuries have prevented a salivating British and Commonwealth unifier from coming to fruition.

Suitably mended, the Gary Lockett trained box-fighter intends reminding Smith that he’s chasing his tail when the pair go head-to-head on Frank Warren’s mammoth ‘X-Mas Cracker’ bill at Manchester Arena on December 19th. 

‘If a world title shot with Liam Smith was offered to me, I’d take it tomorrow,’ says Williams who hopes to add the vacant British title to his Commonwealth strap when he confronts Paisley’s Kris Carslaw.

‘Liam’s a very classy fighter, I’ve a lot of respect for him and his team but I believe I’m just as good, if not better. 

‘I was pretty impressed with the way he FINISHED his world title fight with John Thompson in October but there’s things I saw earlier in the fight that give me confidence that I can open him up.’ 

‘Beefy’ is a fight I look forward to and believe I will win but I’m in boxing for one reason and that’s to make as much money as I can. As long as I don’t have to wait too long, I’m happy to let it stew while interest builds …..but not for too long!’  

Unbeaten in 13 (one technical draw) since entering the pros, aged just 18 back in November 2011, the former six times British junior champion’s Commonwealth coronation came courtesy of a sizzling 168 second demolition of ex ABA champion Michael Lomax in November 2014.

Liam says: ‘To be honest, I expected a far more competitive fight. I let Lomax lead off but he had nothing on his punches so I just went for it.

‘I was on a really good run in 2014, so it’s been very frustrating to have been out since.  I’ve had two operations on my right hand – one in December, one in August – and now I’m ready to get back into action again, I can’t wait.”

Besides, the 5ft10 ex-roofer hasn’t been profligating.

‘In the year away, I’ve matured in strength and confidence,’ he insists.

‘There was a stage when I thought I may never fight again so the time out has made me appreciate the sport more and now I’m really enjoying my training.’

The mobile, well schooled ex Team GB squad member dives straight back into the line of fire against Scottish hard case Carslaw who, despite sharing canvas with the likes of Matty Hall, Brian Rose and current continental middleweight king Michel Soro, has never been stopped in an eight year, 27 fight pro career.

‘I think a lot of people underestimate Kris but I certainly aren’t. I’ve been working my ass off every day for three or four months now. I’ve my first baby due on February 10th so that gives me real motivation. It will be great to relax and enjoy myself over Christmas with the British title as a present,” says Williams.

‘Carslaw’s very tough and durable and I’d be surprised if he’s not around for the full 12 rounds. He’s very awkward, very dangerous with his head I hear so I’ll be looking at controlled aggression, keeping my work clean, rather than chasing a knockout.

‘But I expect to win convincingly. I’ve youth on my side plus I’m faster, punch harder and move better. I’m superior in every department. I expect to be challenging Liam Smith inside the next 12 months.’

Frank Warren’s end of year title extravaganza ‘X-Mas Cracker’ is headlined by two massive world title showdowns with WBO World Middleweight Champion Andy Lee defending his title against Billy Joe Saunders and WBO World Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Smith making his first title defence against Jimmy Kelly.  A staggering SIX further titles are on the line with Mitchell Smith defending his WBO Intercontinental Super-Featherweight title against George Jupp; Paul Butler challenges for the Vacant WBO European Super-Flyweight Championship against Silvio Olteanu; Tommy Langford defends his WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Championship; Commonwealth Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Williams and Kris Carslaw clash with the Vacant British title also on the line; Jack Catterall defends his WBO Intercontinental Super-Lightweight Championship, and Adrian Gonzalez defends his WBO Intercontinental Lightweight Championship.  The undercard features Merseyside favourite Derry Mathews in an eight-round contest ahead of his WBO World Lightweight title challenge against Terry Flanagan in February, Indian superstar Vijender Singh and top Manchester prospects Jack Flattley and Dale Coyne.

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