January 7, 2016
January 7, 2016
Liam Williams

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WELSH puncher Liam Williams will defend his British and Commonwealth Super-Welterweight titles against Nav Mansouri on Promoter Frank Warren’s massive show on Saturday February 13 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, exclusively live on BoxNation.

Unbeaten Williams made an explosive return to action in a fiery Celtic showdown against Kris Carslaw last month to blast out the Scotsman inside two rounds with a stunning performance to capture the Vacant Lonsdale belt.

After spending a year out with career threatening hand injuries Williams is determined to make up for lost time. Successful surgery has put an end to the chronic hand problems that forced him to halt his progress and he’s now back punching harder than ever.

He said: “2015 was a frustrating year but it ended on a positive note, I’m looking to take that positivity into this year. I’m just really enjoying being back and impressed a lot of people with my last fight. As everyone saw against Carslaw my hand feels brand new and I’m not afraid to use it. I’m still only 23 and I want to make sure I do things the right way, there’s no need to push myself too fast.

“As for 2016 I’m looking to win the British title outright and then really push on with a European title fight. I definitely feel that I’m back on course towards ultimately a world title, which is my dream, but I’m happy right now that I’ve got the confidence in my punching again.”

Mansouri, who successfully defended his English light-middleweight title against Sam Sheedy last July, is unfazed by the challenge posed by the Rotherham based bruiser.

Williams continued, “He’s got a poor defence and he’s not very fast so that’s something that I’ll be looking to expose. As soon as I start landing punches on him he’s going to go, I’m confident I’ll be able to catch him with a few combinations.”

Williams, 23, returns to a red-hot 154 pound weight division packed with domestic rivals and is looking forward to some tasty fights in the year ahead.

He added, “The division is buzzing at the moment and there’s a lot of great fights to be made. You’ve got the likes of Liam Smith, Gary Corcoran and obviously myself. Our division is one of the most exciting in boxing at the moment and 2016 is going to be a cracking year for fight fans for sure.”