THE hostility between Liverpool’s Liam Smith and Liam Williams had simmered since their first, controversial contest in Manchester in April. Back then, after racing ahead on the scorecards Williams lost after he suffered a cut. They met for a rematch in Newcastle on Saturday to finally decide the issue.
The two fighters began warily, jabbing and circling one another. But they began to unleash power shots. Smith threw in combination as Williams cracked him with an excellent right uppercut and lined up a long right cross.
Smith applied solid jabs in the fourth round and continued to work diligently. Smith was controlling himself and letting his right slant straight down to the target. But Williams smacked in a hard right hook and fired explosive, dangerous punches after it.