Yesterday was the big bill in Cardiff that saw Liam Williams fight in front of his home fans against Gabor Gorbics, Terry Flanagan defending his WBO Lightweight Title against Puerto Rican Orlando Cruz, Tommy Langord face Sam Sheedy and Tom Stalker and Craig Evans settle their trilogy with a third fight.
Headlining the bill was Liam Williams, and he was facing Hungarian Gabor Gorbics for the vacant WBO European Super Welterweight Title, claiming victory in the eight round with a brutal body shot forcing the referee to wave it off despite Gorbics bringing himself back to his feet. Williams is now undefeated in 17 fights and is the current British Super Welterweight champion, giving him strong reason to be knocking on the door of a world title shot next year. Williams was supposed to be defending his British title against another undefeated fighter in Ahmet Patterson but the fight was cancelled when Patterson was injured in a street brawl and being attacked with a brick.
All in all another impressive performance for Williams, as he doesn’t seem like slowing down. He claimed best young fighter of the year award and is certainly backing that up, will be expecting to see him in some really tough tests towards the start of 2017 in preparation for a world title towards the latter stages of the year.
Chief support saw Terry Flanagan take on boxing’s first openly gay fighter Orlando Cruz. In the build up to the fight there seemed to be more media attention surrounding the fighters sexuality than his actual boxing ability. But fair play to Cruz on his path to becoming the first gay world champion, but his efforts came up short as he was stopped in the eight round, never seeming to trouble Flanagan enough to break down his defences.
Flanagan really is in need of some big career defining fights as his level of opposition since becoming a world champion has been poor, due to no fault of his own. His promoter Frank Warren has talked up some big name fights to stick Terry in with, however nothing of the sort has yet to be seen. Flanagan has huge talent, and the undefeated world champion is one of the top contenders in the lightweight division, its just a shame he has yet been put to the test properly.
On the undercard turned out to be a great scrap with two undefeated British fighters Tommy Langford and Sam Sheedy for the vacant British Middleweight Title, with Langford being victorious via a split decision. This being the case, it was no way an easy fight for Langford with Sheedy being ahead on one of the cards, and causing massive problems for Langford. Tommy seemed to have underestimated Sheedy’s ability in the ring and towards the latter rounds of the fight both fighters faces were starting to get a little bit busted up.
Langford was originally set to face Chris Eubank Jr for the British title but Eubank Jr pulled out due to two issues, the first being he had an injury to his hand, and the second being “he fears for the health of his opposition” after defeating Nick Blackwell and putting him in hospital with a coma. With the belt with Langford now, a defence of his British is inevitable but 2017 should be a good year for the young undefeated fighter and a step up in opponent should be expected.
Craig Evans was also victorious against Tom Stalker with their first two fights ending in a draw, hopefully this trilogy of fights will now be settled and Kid Galahad won his third fight back since returning to boxing from a drugs ban by stopping a journeyman early on.