After their epic first encounter ended in controversial fashion, former WBO World Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Smith and reigning British Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Williams, will aim to settle the score on neutral ground at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, in a WBO World Title Eliminator on Saturday 11th November, simulcast live on BT Sport and BoxNation.
The fight lands in Newcastle after neither man was willing to concede home advantage after their thrilling first encounter back in April; a fight in which both men felt they claimed the upper hand.
On the night, Liverpool man Smith claimed the win after Williams’ trainer Gary Lockett deemed that the Welshman could not continue after being badly cut by a clash of heads.
However, Williams felt he had built up a large lead at the point the fight was stopped and tempers have flared ever since about the controversial circumstances of the fight’s ending, with Smith instead believing that the cut prevented him from seizing an inevitable late stoppage in the fight.
WBN Note: In a recent twist, the WBO decided to rank Williams above Smith despite the loss in what is perceived to be punishment for the latter missing weight on the scales.
Smith scaled 11st 1lb 15oz and then 11st 1lb 10oz (both 155+) after stripping naked and as such could not win the WBO fringe title and mandatory status.
Williams is placed at number two in the September World Boxing Organisation ratings, whilst Smith has to be content with fourth spot.
Current WBO rankings:
1 Magomed Kurbonov (International) RUS
2 Liam Williams UK
3 Kanat Islam (NABO) KAZ
4 Liam Smith UK
5 John Vera USA
6 Dennis Hogan (Oriental) AUST
7 Yuki Nonaka JPN
8 Diego Gabriel Chaves ARG
9 Antonio Margarito MEX
10 Nathaniel Gallimore JAM
11 Jack Culcay GER
12 Ricardo Ruben Villalba (Latino)
13 Julian Williams USA
14 Cedric Vitu FRA
15 Yoshihiro Kamegai JPN
Tickets for Smith v Williams 2 priced at £40, £50, £70, £100, £150 and £250 are available from Metro Radio Arena 0844 493 6666 www.metroradioarena.co.uk