Liam Smith vs. Anthony Fowler
M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, England 9/10/21
Liam Smith W TKO 8 Anthony Fowler
World Boxing Association International Super Welter Title
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Liam Smith claimed bragging rights in Liverpool as he stopped Anthony Fowler in round eight of their super-welterweight showdown.
The two men were going head to head at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, on a Matchroom Boxing event that was broadcast live on DAZN.
After a tough opening round, Smith (30-3-1, 17 KOs) began to dominate proceedings and it looked like it could have been over when he dropped Fowler (15-2, 12 KOs) in round five.
Fowler showed toughness to get up, but Smith continued to dictate how the fight went, and after dropping Fowler again in round eight, the referee waved it off and Smith came out on top in the local derby.
Smith said: “It was a great fight and I knew it would be competitive, especially for the first six rounds. He’s a quality fighter when he’s fresh, but I said all along about experience. I feel I’ve got a good enough chin at this level as I’ve been hit by bigger punchers.
“I started slow, but then I did a good job after that. I thought it was over in the fifth, so he did well getting up. I let him off the hook a bit in the next round too.
“I had to make it personal on my own behalf, as if I lost I was finished, so I had to do something to switch it on. Hopefully we can make the Jesse Vargas fight now. Thank you to everyone who came out, it was a night I’ll never forget.”
Troy Williamson W TKO 10 Ted Cheeseman
British Super Welterweight Title
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Troy Williamson (17-0-1, 13 KOs) won the British super-welterweight title after a sensational battle against Ted Cheeseman (17-3-1, 10 KOs).
The two men produced one of the best fights of the year, with it going back and forth as they each gave absolutely everything. Williamson managed to end the fight in devastating fashion, landing a massive shot in round 10 that send Cheeseman to the canvas.
The referee waved the fight off immediately, handing Williamson the win and in the process crowning him the new British super-welterweight champion.
Williamson said: “It was a very tough fight. We knew how tough it would be. I came up the hard way, and now I’m here everybody knows what I’m all about.
“Cheeseman was saying to me at the weigh-in that 12 rounds was a long time and that it gets tough after eight, well I showed everybody how tough I am.
“I want to dedicate this win to my trainer. He has an amateur club as well and does it all by himself. He had two fighters get to the finals of the Junior ABAs the other day, and now I’ve won him the British title.”
Peter McGrail W PTS 6 Ed Harrison
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Fight Notes: The bout went the 6 round distance with McGrail winning every round on the judges scorecard. The score was 60-54. With the result, McGrail won on his professional debut after a stellar amateur career.
Jamie Mitchell W PTS MD 10 Shannon Courtenay
WBA World Bantamweight Title
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American Jamie “The Miracle” Mitchell left no doubt about her ambitions and became the new World Boxing Association 118-pound bantamweight champion. Mitchell defeated local Shannon Courtenay in Liverpool, England after a majority decision by the judges.
The bantamweight title was vacant when Courtenay lost it on the scale and pursuant WBA rules should she had won the fight, she would no be declared champion. However, Mitchell did a good job in the ring to win the crown.
She is called “The Miracle” in reference to a hard life story that accompanies her existence. She follows the guidance of former boxer Dewey Cooper at the Mayweather Gym after an becoming an amateur star.
Mitchell made a great fight against a tenacious boxer like Courtenay who carried the weight of a right leg injury plus the weigh-in episode. Two aspects that psychologically can affect an athlete’s performance but Courtenay showed passion by not giving in during the difficult test against Mitchell.
With an outstanding style and physical condition, the Californian completed her ninth fight to remain undefeated and also managed to win the black and gold bantamweight belt of the pioneer organization.
Kieron Conway W PTS UD 10 James Metcalf
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Fight News: The bout went the 10 round distance with Conway winning a unanimous decision with the judges. The judges scorecards read 96-94, 96-95, 96-95.
Elsewhere on the card, Blane Hyland (5-1) secured another comfortable win, defeating Santiago San Eusebio 39-37 on points after four rounds.
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