Promoter Frank Warren is eager to make a rematch after the bloody battle between Liam Smith and Liam Williams ended in controversial circumstances at the Manchester Arena.
The Super-Welterweight rivals went to war on Saturday night, and both men were cut during the bout. Williams’ team pulled him out after a horrible wound opened up above his right eye, which appeared to open up after a nasty head clash in the ninth.
Speaking to iFL TV to discuss the weekend’s action, Warren said: “Both Liams are fantastic fighters – they’ve both got big hearts.
“I thought Williams really started well, I had him just ahead on points. Smith was coming back into the fight just before it got stopped. At that stage the tide was turning. Smith was catching Williams – there’s no doubt about it. We would have liked to have seen it go on!”
After the cracking contest, fans immediately took to social media to demand a rematch and Warren is in agreement that there has to be a part two in order for a conclusive result.
“It’s all quite up in the air and unsatisfactory. We’re going to ask the WBO to order a rematch because no one has the Interim belt. The rematch is the way for both of them to either fight for the World Title or be the Interim Champion,” he argued.
“Liam [Smith] has now got a great opportunity. If we can make the rematch, [we can] see who’s the best out of him and Williams, without the questionable ending. I want to see it again!
“It will be great for the fans. Irrespective of whoever won the fight – that fight deserves to be a rematch on the strength of what we saw. I’m going to try my best to get it done. It’s a matter of both of them getting over those bad cuts then hopefully setting a date.”
Watch the extended interview below: