By Mark Eisner: Chris Eubank Jr. (32-2, 23 KOs) dropped the hapless Liam Williams (23-4-1, 18 KOs) four times en route to a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night in their grudge match at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.
Eubank Jr. knocked the former middleweight world title challenger Williams down in rounds 1, 2, 4, and 11 to pound out a unanimous decision by the scores: 116-109, 116-108, and 117-109.
It was an interesting fight to watch Eubank Jr. repeatedly catching Williams with his left hook counter, and putting him down.
Williams’ punch resistance was gone tonight, perhaps a lingering effect from his previous match against WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade last year.
With the victory tonight, Eubank Jr. now is in a good position to challenge IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
Boxing News will be giving live updates and results below.
- Female IBF/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Claressa Shields (12-0, 2 KOs) easily defeated challenger Ema Kozin (21-1-1, 11 KOs_- by a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision in the co-feature bout on the card. The scores were 100-90, 100-90, and 100-90.
- Caroline Dubois (1-0) defeated Vaida Masiokaita (2-15-4, 1 KOs) by a six round points decision in female super lightweight action. The score was 60-54.
- Welterweight Chris Jenkins (22-4-3, 8 KOs) defeated former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Julius Indongo (23-5, 12 KOs) by an eight round points decision by the score 78-75. The 38-year-old Indongo suffered his fifth defeat in his last six fights since 2017. It’s surprising how quickly Indongo’s once-promising career fell apart after losing his titles to Terence Crawford by a third round knockout in August 2017.
- Shane Gil (1-1) defeated previously undefeated Steve ‘Drago’ Robinson (4-1, 3 KOs) by a six round points decision in heavyweight action. Referee Reece Carter scored it 58-56.
- Heavyweight contender Otto Wallin (23-1, 14 KOs) labored to an eight round points decision over the always dependable Kamil Sokolowski (11-25-2, 4KOs). The big 6’5′ Swede Wallin looked sluggish, getting caught frequently by the surprisingly powerful combinations from Sokolowski. However, Wallin, 31, took over the fight with his high work rate, battering the journeyman with clubbing shots at close range and then stepping back to land lead lefts. The score was 79-74. “I felt like he was a tough durable guy,” said Wallin to Boxing Social after the fight. “I felt like I was outboxing him. He didn’t hit me too much. I felt like I was dominating every round.” This was the first fight for Wallin since last year in February. Wallin was supposed to face British heavyweight Dillian Whyte last October, but the fight failed to happen due to a shoulder injury from the Matchroom promoted fighter.