Chris Eubank Jr DEFEATS Liam Williams by unanimous decision as he knocks the Welshman to the canvas FOUR TIMES in a highly-entertaining grudge match… with a mega-fight surely up next later this year
- Chris Eubank Jr defeated Liam Williams by unanimous decision on Saturday
- The middleweight knocked his rival to the canvas on four occasions throughout
- He couldn’t force the KO but won with scores of 116-108, 116-109 and 117-109
- Eubank Jr is now targeting the middleweight elite later this year
Chris Eubank Jr settled his grudge against Liam Williams with four knock-downs and a second sporting funeral for Wales
The vanquishing of the warrior of the valleys was not accomplished without a stiff measure of brawling discomfort but the satisfaction was all the sweeter since it came in that Welsh Lions’ Den, the Motorsport Arena in Cardiff.
A gale liked through the capital of the Principality this Saturday night and Williams was blown off his feet three times in the first four rounds and out of contention for any hope of winning a decision.
Chris Eubank Jr (left) defeated Liam Williams (right) via unanimous decision on Saturday
Williams was knocked to the canvas four times, three of which came in the first four rounds
Eubank Jr goaded his opponent throughout, though Williams did grow later in the fight
Another decking in the 11th sealed the deal for Eubank which was as statistically overwhelming as Ireland’s crushing of Wales in Dublin.
Although Williams made more of a fight of it than his country’s rugby team.
Recovery from the first three knock downs with their 10-8 scores against him was never realistic but he roughed up Junior Cool enough to give him some raw edge of satisfaction. If not to dowse his temper from him at the way Eubank mocked and taunted him all the way to an exaggerated Ali Shuffle in the final round.
The bursts of brawling did little to help with a judgment of how Eubank will fare as the one of these two enemies who will go on to seek a world middleweight title.
The referee was highly involved throughout as Williams in particular made it a dirty fight
Williams rallied after an awful start but an 11th-round knockdown ultimately ended the contest
The two fighters barely touched gloves either before the bout or upon it’s conclusion
Certainly, he would be ill-advised to play games with the Exocet punching unified champion Gennady Govolkin, if that fight ever happens.
But then again this one was personal. Eubank had been appalled by Williams mocking his legendary father and namesake of him while the family were grieving the premature death of Junior’s younger brother as a consequence of a sudden heart attack.
Williams eked out a few ugly rounds in mid-fight but there could be no arguing with the judges’ scores of 116-108, 116-109 and 117-109.
The two of them barely touched gloves before the fight or at the start of the final round and they parted ways at the end in equally bad odour.
As it happened: Scroll down to see how all the action unfolded with Sportsmail’s live blog